In what’s become a “predictable cycle,” Herschel Walker is still refusing to answer basic questions after the latest in a troubling pattern of reports that raise questions and reveal he is not ready to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. Following the latest bombshell, Walker abruptly canceled a scheduled radio interview, and ever since he’s avoided taking questions from the press.
Throughout his campaign, Walker has faced scrutiny for a long string of false claims and questions around his record that continue to hurt his candidacy – including about his violent behavior, his business record, his academic record, his record “working for law enforcement” and more.
Richard Elliot, WSB Atlanta: Herschel Walker did not take questions today, a day after those new allegations surfaced, but he was back out on the campaign trail and seemed very energized. Many people at that rally today either didn’t believe the allegations or didn’t care.
Richard Elliot, WSB Atlanta: Walker did not talk specifically about the newest abortion allegation, but South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham did. He’s campaigning with Walker across Georgia. Wednesday, Walker spoke at a campaign stop in Dillard and denied this latest allegation, the second one accusing him of pressuring and paying for a woman to have an abortion. While he did not directly address the issue Thursday. he did talk about the tribulations of being on the campaign trail. In a statement, in a Tweet rather, this afternoon, the Warnock campaign said “Herschel Walker sure has a lot to say until folks start asking him questions.”
Chris Hayes, MSNBC: One of the most astonishing developments in the run up to the midterms is that the Trump-backed candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, Herschel Walker, a guy who supports a national abortion ban with no exceptions, is on the record saying that, now faces allegations by two different women and he pressured them to get abortions, the very procedure that, of course, he would have made illegal. The latest allegations surfaced yesterday, when an anonymous woman came forward claiming that Walker drove her to a clinic for an abortion in 1993.
Chris Hayes, MSNBC: But we should also note that Herschel Walker is not exactly disputing the facts here. His response is just more of the response he had last time, “this is a lie and I’ve moved on.”
Chris Hayes, MSNBC: Of course he’s moved on. He doesn’t want to talk about this. It’s of course not the first claim against Walker, because just a few weeks ago, another woman alleged Walker paid for her abortion in 2009. And so that’s the strategy this apparently not so pro-life candidate for Senate: deny and move on.
Shelby Coates, NBC41 Macon: A second woman is claiming that Herschel Walker pressured her into having an abortion. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe to protect her identity, attended a virtual press conference Wednesday with her lawyer Gloria Allred. Allred says it’s time for Walker to address these claims.
Gloria Allred: So we’re not going to look over here, we’re not gonna look over there, we’re not going to be distracted. You need to answer these allegations specifically. You need to tell your truth, because the voters deserve the truth from you.
Shelby Coates, NBC41 Macon: At a campaign event prior to Wednesday’s news conference, he said the latest allegation is a “lie.”
Ron Jones, 11Alive Atlanta: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is mostly sidestepping questions about allegations he paid for an abortion with another woman years ago. So this is on the heels of a separate allegation from a former girlfriend who produced evidence of another abortion paid for by the anti-abortion Republican.
Doug Richards, 11Alive: For Herschel Walker here in Forsyth County, it was as if there was no scandalous allegation of a second abortion allegedly financed by the Senate candidate. Walker called the new allegation a lie during a Fox News interview Wednesday. Walker’s campaign declined to make the candidate available for questions as they look ahead to the vote count 12 days from now.
Richard Rogers, WRDW Augusta: Herschel Walker was campaigning in Cumming Georgia earlier today. Just yesterday, a second woman came forward to accuse Walker of encouraging and paying for an abortion back in 1993. Walker did not directly address that allegation, but here is what he had to say.
Herschel Walker: It’s good to look at something, because he said, you know, it’s too crowded for a doctor, a patient and the government to be in the room. And I had to tell him, sir, there is a baby there too. Did you forget there is a baby there too? And one of the problems he is not telling you is, he want the government to come back in the room and pay for it. He wants all the taxpayers to pay for it.
Heidi Paxson, WALB Albany: With election day just 11 days away, some Washington D.C. star power is joining Herschel Walker. It could be a little tougher for the Walker camp, now that a second woman has accused Walker of paying for her to have an abortion, both calling him a hypocrite for telling voters he is pro-life. At this rally here in Cumming, Walker did not really touch on the allegations, though he did say democrats are “lying to you.”
Heidi Paxson, WALB Albany: Now the Warnock campaign has come out and said that Walker has a problem telling the truth.
Ellison Barber, NBC: So we were at that campaign stop in Dillard, Georgia yesterday, where Herschel Walker came over to cameras and made a statement about these latest allegations. After he finished speaking, denying the allegations, saying “I’m done with this foolishness,” I asked him, I said, “Can you unequivocally deny and say that you have never paid for anyone to have an abortion?” He did not answer that question. Now, the campaign had told us prior to Walker coming to make those statements that he wouldn’t take any questions after speaking with us. I asked the question anyway, because this is a public person running for public office at a public event, and it is our job to ask those questions. So we asked, and Walker didn’t answer. I then followed up with the campaign afterwards, asking them that same question. I did not get a direct answer from the campaign either. Instead, what I got was a copy of the press release that they sent out with a transcript of what Walker had said at that event, the sound that you just played.