Warnock and Walker set for debate showdown

On Friday, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is scheduled to meet his Republican rival, former NFL player Herschel Walker, in the first and only debate of Georgia's 2022 U.S. Senate campaign.​ The race has gained national attention following a string of allegations surrounding Walker's personal life, including a recent report from the Daily Beast that claims the anti-abortion candidate paid for a former girlfriend to receive the procedure. Thus far, Warnock, the incumbent, has only made passing comments addressing the controversy.

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- Walker versus Warnock is officially on the bug. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock's team has confirmed he'll debate Herschel Walker on October 14 at 7:00 PM.

- Both candidates are heavy on the campaign trail this week ahead of what will be one of the most important debates of the election season.

RAPHAEL WARNOCK: I was a kid growing up right here in Clayton Homes.

HERSCHEL WALKER: I grew up in Wrightsville, Georgia, not far from here.

RAPHAEL WARNOCK: My family was short on money, but long on love, and long on faith. And we had a sense of humor.

HERSCHEL WALKER: Because I tell everybody, everyone knows their glory, but they don't know the story. And I have a story.

- The Senate candidate in Georgia facing fallout over reports that he once paid for a woman's abortion.

HALLIE JACKSON: The former football star who's running on an anti-abortion platform is reiterating claim that he knew nothing about the abortion he's alleged to have paid for.

HERSCHEL WALKER: They're desperate to make this race about my family. This here, the abortion thing, is false. It's a lie.

- Is Raphael Warnock has not hit back very hard when it comes to this scandal with Herschel Walker.

RAPHAEL WARNOCK: What we are hearing about my opponent is disturbing. And I think the people of Georgia have a real choice.

- Friday's debate is expected to be the only chance voters will have to see the challenger and incumbent face off in this election cycle.