Herschel Walker accepts one Senate debate

Senate candidate has rejected 3 traditional debates and now accepts one meeting with Sen. Warnock before early voting

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – After dodging debates for months in his race for the U.S. Senate, candidate Herschel Walker has accepted one.

It would be on October 14th, days before early voting starts for the general election.

But details on still up in the air.

Here’s what we know so far:

— It will be in Savannah in front of a live audience.

— The invitation was issued by Nexstar television stations and would air on WSAV-TV in Savannah, WJBF-TV in Augusta and WRBL-TV in Columbus, as well as WAGA-TV in Atlanta, WGXA-TV in Macon and WFXL-TV in Albany.

Here’s what we don’t know:

— Will Sen. Rafael Warnock accept the same invitation? Sen. Warnock had previously accepted 3 other debates from WTOC in Savannah, Mercer University in Macon and the Atlanta Press Club. Walker rejected all of them.  His campaign said the formats and hosts would not be fair to their candidate.

— Would the candidates actually be in the room? We do not know the format. Walker said “I’m not going to obey the demands of the elite  press and the liberal establishment to stand in an empty room for a debate that’s supposed to be about the people.”

Walker’s preferred debate would be aired on Nexstar stations WSAV-TV in Savannah, WJBF-TV in Augusta and WRBL-TV in Columbus, as well as WAGA-TV in Atlanta, WGXA-TV in Macon and WFXL-TV in Albany. The debate would take place in front of a live audience somewhere in Savannah.

— Would the debate actually be carried in north Georgia? The Nexstar stations are not represented in our area. Normally, important debates are carried on Georgia Public Television which reach across the state.

— Will Sen. Warnock accept Walker’s challenge?

His campaign issued this statement.

“Two months ago, Reverend Warnock accepted invitations to three well-established Georgia debates in Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon to be broadcast statewide, after Herschel Walker said he would debate Reverend Warnock anywhere, anytime. Nothing has changed. Reverend Warnock remains committed to debating Herschel Walker and giving Georgians three opportunities to see the clear choice about who is ready to represent Georgia.” Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon to be broadcast statewide, after Herschel Walker said he would debate Reverend Warnock anywhere, anytime. Nothing has changed. Reverend Warnock remains committed to debating Herschel Walker and giving Georgians three opportunities to see the clear choice about who is ready to represent Georgia.”

If both candidates do agree on a debate site and format, it will be Walker’s first.  He declined to take part in any debate with his challenger in the Republican Primary.

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