Late. Rick Scott of Florida will travel to Georgia on Tuesday to support GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker, whose campaign has been reeling after reports Walker asked a woman to terminate two pregnancies.
The move by Scott highlights how critical the race in Georgia is with a 50-50 split in the US Senate. Scott is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate’s Republican campaign arm.
“Democrats want to destroy this country and they will try to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Today it’s Herschel Walker, but tomorrow it’s the American people,” Scott said in a statement sent to CNN on Saturday. “I am proud to stand with Herschel Walker and make sure Georgians know he will always fight to protect them from the forces trying to destroy Georgia’s values and Georgia’s economy, led by Raphael Warnock.”
Warnock, a Democratic senator from Georgia, is Walker’s opponent.
The Daily Beast reported Friday that Walker paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009. The woman told The New York Times that Walker asked her to terminate a second pregnancy two years later, but she refused the request and their relationship ended.
Walker, who said in May that he supports a complete ban on abortions, with no exceptions, has denied the earlier report by The Daily Beast, calling the claim a “flat out lie.”
CNN has not independently confirmed the woman’s claim about the abortion or that Walker encouraged her to terminate another pregnancy. CNN has reached out to the Walker campaign for comment.
Earlier on Saturday, Warnock said Walker “has a problem with the truth.”
“It’s up to the voters of Georgia. It’s not up to him, it’s not up to me,” Warnock said. “We know my opponent has a problem with the truth. And we’ll see how this all plays out, but I’m completely focused on the health care needs of my constituents, including reproductive health care.”
NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline said Saturday that the organization will “have a large presence in Georgia for the final stretch.”
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas will also be in Georgia to campaign for Walker on Tuesday.
“Senator Cotton is heading to Georgia on Tuesday to campaign for Herschel Walker and help Republicans take back the Senate next month,” Cotton’s communications director, Caroline Tabler, told CNN. “He believes Herschel will be a champion for Georgia, who will vote to keep violent criminals in prison, for lower gas prices and to stop Joe Biden’s inflationary policies.”
The Washington Post first reported Scott and Cotton’s trip to Georgia.