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McConnell Announces Endorsement Of Trump-backed Herschel Walker For Senate

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to become majority leader again next year during the midterm election, and the Kentucky Republican believes he has found one GOP candidate who will help him achieve his objective.

That would be former collegiate and NFL great Hershel Walker, who announced earlier this year he will take on incumbent Sen. Rafael Warnock for the latter’s U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.

And it just so happens that McConnell’s choice of endorsement is the same one made by former President Donald Trump, who backed Walker shortly after his announcement.

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“McConnell’s endorsement suggests the former Dallas Cowboys player has widespread appeal within the party, stitching together a coalition of the populist Trump wing and McConnell’s more establishment faction,” the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

“I am happy to endorse Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate in Georgia,” McConnell said in a statement. “Herschel is the only one who can unite the party, defeat Senator Warnock, and help us take back the Senate. I look forward to working with Herschel in Washington to get the job done.”

Meanwhile, Walker reached out and thanked the GOP Senate leader for his endorsement and for “his commitment to bringing the party together toward the collective goal of defeating Senator Warnock.”

“The Democrats have already said they will spend whatever it takes to keep Georgia blue. The stakes have never been higher — if we all work together, we will win next November, and take back the Senate,” Walker said.

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Fox News adds that a growing number of Republicans are hopping aboard the Trump-Walker train:

McConnell becomes at least the sixth Republican senator to back Walker. And his backing comes two days after Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, endorsed Walker. The support by Thune, the Senate GOP whip, came after the lawmaker from South Dakota had voiced reservations about Walker’s candidacy earlier this year.

Another lawmaker in the six-member Republican Senate leadership team, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, backed Walker a couple of hours after McConnell. And  GOP sources told Fox News to expect more the coming weeks.

Trump endorsed Walker early last month after the University of Georgia Heisman Trophy winner announced, calling him “a friend, a Patriot and an outstanding American who is going to be a GREAT United States Senator.”

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“Herschel Walker will never let you down,” Trump added in a statement.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo a week after his announcement, Walker explained why he is running.

The NFL great accused the Biden administration and Democrats for being politically divisive and gaslighting the nation ahead of the 2022 midterms.

“Well, I think the main platform is bring some integrity and bring some honesty back to this to this country, to the state of Georgia,” Walker said.

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“I believe in the goals that should be goals that everyone believes in and that everyone should have: law and order for all people, not just for certain people, but for all people. I believe in supporting our military, which is what we should do,” he continued.

“I believe in border control. We have to have border control. Those are the things that we should all be believing in, not just certain groups,” he added.

“I believe in school choice. I think everyone should have school choice education for our kids. And those are common things that everyone should be believing in.

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“But it seems like the left doesn’t believe in that. They believe in separation, and that’s something I do not believe in. I don’t believe in separation,” he said, going on to praise the country in general.

“I think the reason this country is the greatest country in the world is because there are so many great minds put together and you don’t have just one or two classes like you have in a lot of other countries- the rich and the poor,” said Walker.

“You have people that have the freedom to go out and work and make the American dream come true. That’s what I believe in, and it’s helping people to get that done.”

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