Obama will join Raphael Warnock to campaign ahead of the Georgia run-offs

Obama will join Raphael Warnock to campaign ahead of the Georgia run-offs as Democrat mulls whether to invite Biden – whose approval rating is hovering at 42% despite successful midterms

  • Former President Barack Obama will return to Georgia to stump for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock before the state’s December 6 run-off election 
  • Obama will head to the Peach State on December 1, the night before early, in-person voting wraps up, according to the Associated Press 
  • From the podium Friday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre couldn’t say whether President Joe Biden would join Warnock on the campaign trail 
  • Despite Democrats pulling off a midterm miracle, Biden’s approval rating continues to hover at around 42 percent 

Former President Barack Obama will return to Georgia to stump for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock before the state’s December 6 run-off election. 

Obama will head to the Peach State on December 1, the night before early, in-person voting wraps up, according to the Associated Press

Neither Warnock nor the Trump-backed Republican Herschel Walker got above the 50 percent plus one threshold in the November election to win the Senate seat outright, so they’ll face off on the ballot again next month. 

Obama made Georgia a top priority, making his 2022 campaign trail debut in late October at a rally outside of Atlanta on behalf of Warnock and Democratic gubernatorial Stacey Abrams, who lost to the state’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. 

From the podium Friday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre couldn’t say whether President Joe Biden would join Warnock on the campaign trail.  

‘The president wants to be as helpful as he can to Sen. Warnock. And I will leave it there,’ she told reporters, alluding to the Hatch Act, which bars her from talking politics in her official capacity. ‘Don’t have anything to announce as far as any trip or plans to travel to Georgia. But, again, the President wants to be as helpful as he can be.’

Despite Democrats pulling off a midterm miracle, holding on to their Senate majority and only barely losing the House of Representatives, Biden’s approval rating continues to hover at around 42 percent

Former President Barack Obama (center) will return to the campaign trail on December 1 to stump for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock (right) in Georgia. Warnock is in a runoff for his Senate seat against Republican Herschel Walker

Former President Barack Obama (center) will return to the campaign trail on December 1 to stump for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock (right) in Georgia. Warnock is in a runoff for his Senate seat against Republican Herschel Walker

Former President Barack Obama ridiculed Republicans for staying loyal to former President Donald Trump and mocked their choice of a Senate candidate, Herschel Walker, when he appeared in College Park, Georgia in October in advance of the November general election

Former President Barack Obama ridiculed Republicans for staying loyal to former President Donald Trump and mocked their choice of a Senate candidate, Herschel Walker, when he appeared in College Park, Georgia in October in advance of the November general election 

From the podium Friday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre couldn't say whether President Joe Biden (pictured) would join Sen. Raphael  Warnock on the campaign trail as his approval rating hovers around 42 percent

From the podium Friday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre couldn’t say whether President Joe Biden (pictured) would join Sen. Raphael  Warnock on the campaign trail as his approval rating hovers around 42 percent 

Obama remains popular with the Democratic base and independent voters, who Warnock will need to beat Walker. 

Warnock and Georgia’s other Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, were successful in the 2021 runoffs, giving Democrats control of the upper chamber.  

Warnock has hit Walker for being too cozy with former President Donald Trump.  

Last week, Warnock’s campaign rolled out an ad using Trump – during the ex-president’s 2024 presidential announcement at Mar-a-Lago – asking his MAGA crowd to get out the vote for Walker. 

‘I’m Raphael Warnock and I approve this message,’ the senator said, as a message flashed on the screen: ‘Stop Donald Trump. Stop Herschel Walker.’ 

During his October appearance on the campaign trail in Georgia, Obama mocked Walker saying that there was ‘very little evidence that he has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about, or displayed any kind of inclination toward public service, or volunteer work or helping people in any way.’ 

 ‘Seems to me he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician.’ 

‘And we’ve seen how that goes. We’ve seen that before,’ Obama said, a remark seemingly about Walker’s Trumpian likeness. 

Obama then noted how many young people were in the audience. 

‘Some of you may not remember, but Herschel Walker was a heck of a football player,’ he said. 

‘But here’s the question, does that make him the best person to represent you in the U.S. Senate? Does that make him equipped to weigh in on the critical decisions about our economy and our foreign policy and our future?’ 

Obama then asked the audience to do a ‘thought experiment’ with him. 

‘Let’s say you’re at the airport and you see Mr. Walker and you say, “Hey, there’s Herschel Walker, Heisman winner, let’s have him fly the plane!”‘ Obama said. ‘You probably wouldn’t say that. You’d probably want to know, “Does he know how to fly an airplane?”‘ 

Obama laid out the same idea, but at a hospital. ‘That Walker guy, he sure could tear him up at Sanford stadium, give him a scalpel,’ Obama said to laughs. 

‘And by the way the opposite is true too, you may have liked me as president, but you would not want me starting as tailback for the Dogs,’ Obama continued. ‘Can you imagine my slow, old, skinny behind getting hit by some 300-pound defensive tackle … you’d have to scrape me off the field.’ 

‘No I can’t,’ Obama said. 

Obama and Warnock also pointed to Walker’s memorable debate moment: when he pulled out a fake police badge onstage to show he was a supporter of law enforcement. 

To the question of which Senate candidate would keep Georgia families safe, Obama mused, ‘Is it someone who carries around a phony badge and says he’s law enforcement?’ 

‘Like he’s a kid playing cops and robbers,’ Obama said to laughs. 

‘He wears his lies, literally, as a badge of honor,’ Warnock said at the same rally. 

More broadly, Obama panned the Republican Party for staying in bed with Trump. 

‘Just about every Republican politician seems obsessed with two things – owning the libs – and getting Donald Trump’s approval,’ Obama told the College Park, Georgia crowd. 

‘It’s not complicated. And, at least to me, it’s not very inspiring,’ Obama said. 

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