HERSCHEL Walker is a former athlete and NFL pro-turned Republican politician.
Walker announced in August 2021 that he would be running for state senator from Georgia.
Who is Herschel Walker?
Walker, 60, is not only a former football player, but also a bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist.
Originally from Wrightsville, Georgia, Walker used to play college football at the University of Georgia and is considered one of the greatest college football players of all time.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and went on to play in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
Walker retired at the end of the 1997 season as one of the most versatile NFL players of all time, gaining over 8,000 rushing yards, over 4,000 receiving yards and over 5,000 kickoff yards, according to Big Time Football.
Walker is currently married to Julie Blanchard and they were reportedly together for over a decade before tying the knot in May 2021.
Walker has one son, Christian, 22, with his ex-wife, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, whom he divorced in 2002.
Is Herschel Walker running for the Senate?
Walker was elected Republican candidate for Georgia in the 2022 primary, opposing US Senator Raphael Warnock.
He has cracked down on his Democratic opponent by accusing him of pushing what he calls the “Biden-Warnock agenda,” but has not said what he intends to do differently.
Walker has said he supports agriculture, veterans, law enforcement, cultural conservatism and mental health advocacy, but when asked about his stance on some issues, his responses were evasive.
Reporters asked Walker how he felt about abortion bans, and the Republican nominee said, “Have you asked my opponent? Don’t play games. They play games.”
Walker was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in March 2021, who said in a statement: “[Walker] would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs and in the NFL. He’s also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”
Walker blew away the competition in the Senate primary, walking away with 68.2 percent of the Republican vote.
Candidate Gary Black finished second to Walker with just 13.4 percent of the vote.
What are Herschel Walker’s policies?
While Walker is quick to criticize President Joe Biden and Warnock’s policies, he hasn’t gone into detail about what he would do differently.
Walker was featured in one of Warnock’s campaign ads, in which he claimed to have an unsubstantiated cure for Covid-19.
“I have something that can get you into a building that would cleanse you of COVID walking through that dry fog,” Walker said. “This product right here – they don’t want to talk about it.”
Walker has told his supporters he will focus on helping farmers cut environmental regulations, limit domestic energy sources and support a “second chance” policy that would help convicted felons find employment.
However, he didn’t go into detail, instead telling a rally: “We need spiritual warriors… leaders who love this country… people of common sense.”
When asked why women should vote for him, Walker said, “I will protect them, not like my opponent who votes to be soft on crime and soft on criminal judges.”
His lack of explanation has Republicans worried it will hamper their ability to retake the Senate.
Ginger Howard, a Georgia representative on the Republican National Committee, told Yahoo! News: “I get really passionate about this because I know Herschel and the left is trying to paint him into something he’s not.”
Liz Marchionni, who volunteers at a Republican office outside of Atlanta, said although Walker didn’t specify what he plans to do if elected, she said most voters are more concerned with his broader values.
“Every candidate should answer questions,” she said. But Walker “has excellent business experience. He’s a strong Christian. And he works for the freedom of all Americans.”
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