This week, Herschel Walker tried to lie to Georgians about his consistent support for making abortion illegal with “no exception[s].” But new reporting from CNN found Walker has already said multiple times — on camera — he supports no exceptions, even in cases of cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
Read and watch the full report here:
By Daniel Dale, October 19, 2022
Daniel Dale: He said it on camera. Now he’s denying he ever said it. For at least the second time this midterm campaign, Herschel Walker is claiming he never made a comment that there was video proof of him making. The latest is about abortion. Walker, a Georgia Republican who’s running for the U.S. Senate said during a debate last week against Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock that he is against abortion but is willing to support exceptions to abortion bans.
Debate Moderator: You’ve been vocally pro-life, supporting a ban on abortions without exceptions. Would you support a complete ban on a national level?
Herschel Walker: First of all, that’s not true either. I say I support the heartbeat bill. And I said that has exceptions in it.
Daniel Dale: Then NBC’s Kristen Welker reminded Walker in an interview that earlier in the campaign, he had said he opposed all exceptions.
Kristin Welker, NBC: Early in this race though, you’d indicated you don’t want any exceptions. The Heartbeat Bill does have—
Herschel Walker: No, no, no. I said I’m for life. I never said I didn’t have an exception.
Daniel Dale: But he did say no exceptions, alright. On camera during the Republican primary campaign in May. Watch this:
Sam Gringlas, WABE: Would you support a more total ban on abortion with fewer exceptions?
Herschel Walker: There’s no—there’s no exception in my mind, I can say I believe in life.
Sam Gringlas, WABE: So no exceptions?
Herschel Walker: No exceptions.
Daniel Dale: And CNN has obtained another video from an event in August, where Walker reiterated his ‘no exception’ stance.
Herschel Walker: I believe in life. And I said if anyone wants to have an exception, I said, ‘Not in my book.’ I said, I’m sorry. I feel bad for anyone that’s a victim of any kind of crime. I do. I feel like that. That is terrible and it’s horrible, but we deal with that as it comes.
Daniel Dale: Walker’s campaign told CNN “As Herschel said in the debate, as Senator he would support what the people want because the Dobbs decision returned the issue to the states.” The campaign did not respond to a question about Walker’s comments in the debate about his support for exceptions in abortion laws, despite his previous comments to the contrary.
Daniel Dale: Regardless, there’s even more evidence that no exceptions was indeed Walker’s abortion stance earlier in his run for Senate. A Georgia anti-abortion group sent out a questionnaire that asks candidates what exceptions they support. Walker did not check off any of them, indicating he supports none of them. In summary, Walker’s denial to NBC is plain false, as Amanda Terkel of HuffPost pointed out before I did.
Daniel Dale: Warnock has accused Walker of having a problem with the truth. Denying he ever said things he said on tape certainly doesn’t help Walker shake off that assertion.
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