In what is expected to be the only pivotal campaign debate for Georgia’s Senate — before the October 17 start of early voting in the state — the two candidates, incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, sparred on a variety of topics.
during the An hour’s discussion In Savannah, an abortion opponent, Walker, dismissed allegations that he had urged the mother of one of his sons on two occasions to have an abortion and that he had paid for the procedure when the woman followed it. “This is a lie and I am not holding back,” he said.
Walker too avoid accusation From Warnock he pretended to be a police officer, and pulled what appeared to be a law enforcement badge from his pocket before being stopped by mediators, who said the ground rules of the debate did not allow for “props.” former Suggest to report that Walker had been named an “honorary deputy” in Cobb County, a position that did not come with police authority, and that he had also falsely claimed that he was an FBI agent.
Here are some of the other claims made by the candidates, with our quick assessment of their accuracy.
Warnock: “We lead all Western countries” in maternal mortality.
This is accurate.
The maternal and infant mortality rate in the United States was higher in 2020 than any Western European country belonging to Organization for economic cooperation and developmentgroup of advanced industrial countries. The United States also has a higher rate than Canada, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
Warnock: “He doesn’t say exceptions (in abortion) even in the case of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.”
During the discussion, Walker cited his support for a law in Georgia that has exceptions for those cases. But Walker has offered a tougher stance in the past.
In May, he Reporters After a campaign event in Macon “There is no exception in my mind. As I say, I believe in life. I believe in life. … You never know what a child will become. And I’ve seen some people, they understand I’ve been through some hard times, but I’ve always said No matter what, hard times make difficult people.
Walker: Warnock “voted Biden 96% of the time.”
This is accurate.
It is updated regularly outcome By FiveThirtyEight.com Warnock’s vote shows Biden’s position 96.4% of the time. This is clearly a high level of support, but it ranks in the bottom third of the Democratic Rally. Most Democrats and most Republicans tend to group together in their voting patterns, with few Democrats breaking with Biden and few Republicans frequently supporting Biden.
Walker: “Right now, people have health care coverage. It’s a question of what kind of health care you want. Because if you have a good job, you get health care.”
This is not accurate.
Although millions of Americans secure health insurance through their employer, “not all workers are offered employer-sponsored coverage or, if offered, can afford their share of the premiums,” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that studies health care policy. In general, the foundation says, “most uninsured people are uneducated adults and in working families.”
According to the Foundation, 7.9% of families with full-time workers are not insured, 11.2% of families with full-time workers do not have insurance, and 15.5% of families with only part-time workers are uninsured.
Walker: “I say to anyone with any kind of mental illness, ‘You can get help. All you have to do is ask. “
Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, does not cover Mental health care, as he does Plans offered Under the Affordable Care Act. However, uninsured Americans may have difficulty accessing mental health care, at least on an ongoing rather than an emergency basis.
Walker: Georgians should “give up state health care and get the health care that Warnock got.”
This is somewhat illogical.
As a member of Congress, Warnock is Eligible to receive Employer-sponsored coverage, but since the employer is the federal government, it is, in a sense, government health care. Congressional coverage is organized under DC Health LinkIt is an insurance program created under the Affordable Care Act.
Under DC Health Link, the federal government contributes up to “72% of the weighted average” of all premium plans, according to Congressional Research Service.