The Warnock vs. Walker ad wars begin
July 29, 2022
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With 100 days until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign is undertaking a sustained ad blitz using his Republican rival Herschel Walker’s own words against him to undermine his credibility. This morning that effort entered a new phase.
As Walker travels the state on a weeklong tour focusing on his support for law enforcement, Warnock launched a new TV ad blasting the Republican’s earlier claims of working in law enforcement.
“It’s Herschel Walker vs. the truth,” the ad begins, referencing details uncovered in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation that found he falsely asserted he worked with the Cobb County Police Department and went through training at the FBI Academy.
“Is Herschel Walker really ready to represent Georgia?” it closes.
The ad’s focus serves as a reminder that even though the economy is top of mind of voters in most public polls, Democrats also plan to focus on Walker’s fitness for the Senate.
Also this week, Herschel Walker released his first direct-to-camera ad attacking Warnock, saying the senator votes with President Joe Biden 96% of the time.
“When Raphael Warnock votes with Biden, he’s not with Georgia,” the ad states.
It’s part of the Walker campaign’s overall strategy of trying to tie Warnock to the President, whose 36% approval rating in Georgia lags far behind Warnock’s 46% result in a head-to-head match up against Walker in the AJC’s latest poll.
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MAKING THE PITCH. Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison was in Atlanta on Thursday to hear the pitch of state party leaders in their bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Georgia.
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