Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP nominee Herschel Walker will formally meet for a televised debate in Georgia next month, just weeks before November’s midterm elections.
The announcement ends months of wrangling over the issue after Walker, a Georgia football legend and first-time candidate, refused to appear with his competitor before voters. He ran an unusual but popular campaign, although his frequent blunders on the trail have raised concerns about how he will appear on screen against a seasoned politician.
Warnock’s campaign regularly pushed Walker to appear.
The debate will take place on October 14 in Savannah. It’s unclear whether Walker will engage in a second debate that Warnock has long said is non-negotiable.
“Herschel Walker, I’ll see you on stage in Savannah on October 14th,” Warnock wrote on Twitter. “And I hope you will reconsider your refusal to debate in Atlanta and Macon so voters can see more than once the clear choice they have in this election.”
Walker said Tuesday his opponent should “stop complaining” and show up for the first debate.
“Tell him to volunteer to do the first one,” Walker said at a campaign event recently, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Put on his big man pants, stop complaining.”
The race is one of the key battles in the upcoming election that could determine control of the Senate. Warnock, who won his bid in a runoff in 2021, is seeking his first full term.