Herschel Walker again denies abortion claims while clarifying radio show comments



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Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, continued Thursday to deny reports from The Daily Beast that he paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009 and sought to clarify comments he made about of the report during a radio interview earlier today.

“This, the abortion thing, is wrong. It’s a lie,” Walker told reporters after a campaign event in Wadley, Georgia.

“I am not discouraged. I’m not backing down,” Walker said in a statement later Thursday afternoon. “The stakes are too high. We’re going to win this race and put Georgia back first.”

During an interview on Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show earlier on Thursday, Walker was asked about the Daily Beast reporting and said “if it had happened I would have said it, because there is nothing to be ashamed of in that”.

Walker was then asked about the comment during a Q&A with reporters at Wadley in the afternoon.

“You said if that happened, there was nothing to be ashamed of. How do you reconcile that…” a reporter began, before Walker cut her off.

“No, what I said – I was talking about something totally different…nothing to do with what that woman said.” I said this here, the abortion thing, it’s wrong. It’s a lie,” Walker said.

Walker’s campaign against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, which is one of the most competitive midterm races of 2022, has been under fire ever since. The daily beast released its report on Monday. The initial story attributed the abortion request to an unidentified woman before adding a separate report Wednesday that she was the mother of one of Walker’s four children.

The Daily Beast also published photographs of a ‘healing’ card the woman allegedly sent Walker after the procedure and referenced a bank deposit receipt she provided at the outlet which contained an image of a personal check for $700 that Walker allegedly sent her to pay for the abortion.

CNN reported earlier Thursday that some of Walker’s allies want the GOP nominee to step up efforts to refute the allegation.

CNN was unable to independently verify the claim.

Conversations with several Republican operatives and sources close to Walker paint a picture of a campaign whose top officials were caught off guard and struggled to mount an organized response to allegations from The Daily Beast and Walker’s son. , Christian, who accused his father of lying and misleading the public about the allegations against him and his family’s support for his candidacy.

“I said, ‘Anything that happened with my ex-wife, or what Christian was talking about, I don’t know,'” Walker said during Thursday’s Q&A. “But – as I said – if something happens, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, because my ex-wife and I have been the best of friends, with her husband and my wife, so that’s what I said.”

Asked about Christian Walker’s continued criticism, the GOP candidate said, “I love my son so much. He’s a big little man, I love him to death. And you know what, I will always love her no matter what my son says.

This story has been updated with additional commentary from Walker.

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