MSNBC anchor Joy Reid accepted Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s proposed debate challenge on air Wednesday evening.
Walker called for the debate shortly after Reid mocked him in a Tuesday tweet for accidentally saying “erection” instead of “election” during an appearance on Fox News with Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The senate candidate said since he dominated in the October debate against Warnock, he would against Reid as well.
“I say, any day of the week she wants to debate, she can show up here and I’ll debate her as well on any subject,” he said in an interview with “Real America’s Voice.” “She can come up with the subject, and let’s go at it.”
Reid accepted the senate candidate’s challenge, but warned that he must debate her one-on-one.
“Okay, Herschel, come on,” Reid said. “It ain’t but a short walk. No seriously, we’ve reached to your team. We will have you on “TheReidOut” any day and we can debate. Just tell us when. But I do want to make one thing clear, Herschel, you can’t bring your friends.”
She showed four images of Walker’s television appearances with Cruz and Graham, in addition to Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who have been major advocates for his victory in the Georgia runoff against Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
“See your friends there? You can’t bring them,” Reid continued. “You have to do this debate on your own. But come on! The doors of the church are open like the pastor says.” (RELATED: ‘We Are A Country Founded On Violence’: Joy Reid Shares Her Thanksgiving Message)
The two senators have largely campaigned with Walker prior to the Georgia election, which is now going to a runoff on Dec. 6. Walker narrowly trailed behind Warnock in the race, with the Democrat garnering 49.4% of the vote compared to 48.5% for Walker, with more than 95% of the vote in. Under Georgia law, a candidate must exceed 50% of the vote to be declared the winner.
Walker raked in $3.3 million on the first day of his runoff campaign and previously said he intends to hold rallies in densely populated areas to earn the backing of Republicans, supporters of former President Donald Trump and Independent voters.
The Trump-endorsed Republican has come under fire after two women accused him of paying for their abortions both in the early 1990’s and in 2009. Walker has repeatedly denied these accusations, though he admitted in an NBC News interview that he did in fact sign a $700 check allegedly used for the accuser’s abortion in 2009.