Walker said it was his signature on the check, but rejected allegations from the woman, the mother of one of Walker’s children, who said it was to pay for an abortion.
“It’s a lie,” said Walker, a Senate candidate who opposes abortion in all circumstances. “Prove I did it. Just showing me things like this doesn’t help me.”
He also said that when he received a copy of the check, he “did not know what that would be for”.
When asked why voters should trust him, Walker said: “I’m very transparent in everything I do.”
GOP crisis in Herschel Walker campaign has been brewing for nearly two years
The woman said Walker paid for her abortion in 2009 and ended her relationship in 2011 after she refused to undergo another operation. The woman told The Washington Post that The Daily Beast first reported the story, and The New York Times accurately described her experience. She requested anonymity to protect the privacy of her and her now 10-year-old child.
“She’s the mother of my children,” Walker said in the interview, suggesting the money was used to cover expenses. However, the child was born years after the miscarriage.
Walker denies he paid for the abortion or knew about it at the time. The woman and one of Walker’s grown children with another woman accused him of failing to attend as a father.
Walker is against abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother. He also backed the senator’s proposal. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) calls for a federal ban on 15-week abortions.
But Walker has reversed course in recent days, while insisting he has not changed his views.
in the debate with Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) Friday night, Walker said he supports Georgia’s abortion ban, with exceptions. But days later, he denied he was changing his “I don’t think there were exceptions” stance.
“I will always support life, but I also support the voice of the people,” Walker said. “The voice of the people is Georgia’s heartbeat bill with exceptions. Well, I’m the people’s senator. I say, one of the problems we have [is that] Senators in Washington forget who put them there. “
In an NBC interview over the weekend, Walker also defended pulling out the sheriff’s badge during Friday’s debate, saying it was “legal.”
“This is from my hometown. This is from Johnson County, from the sheriff of Johnson County, it’s a legal badge,” Walker said in an NBC interview.
Walker displayed the badge – apparently honorary in nature – during Friday’s debate after Warnock said Walker “pretends to be a police officer,” in response to Walker’s concerns about cooperating with the FBI and local police department. mention of the statement.
Instead of responding verbally, Walker took out his badge and was reprimanded by the moderator for using the prop, which is not allowed by the debate rules.
“Everyone can make fun of it, but this badge gives me the right … if anything happens in this county, I have the right to work with the police to get things done,” Walker said in an interview with NBC.
“I never groom,” Walker added. “I never did. I work in law enforcement.”
Talking to reporters during the early game voting in Atlanta on Monday, Warnock cited the episode with the badge and several other examples of Walker embellishing his past, which have been recorded in news reports.
“He … claimed to be a police officer. He wasn’t,” Warnock said. “Claimed to work for the FBI, apparently didn’t. Claimed to be a college graduate, he wasn’t. Claimed to be the valedictorian for his class, but he wasn’t. Claimed to have 8 of 800 employees in his business. Claimed Has started a business that doesn’t even exist. So I guess he expects the Georgian people to hallucinate now and imagine he’s also a U.S. Senator. He’s clearly not ready.”
“The people of Georgia deserve a serious person to represent them when it’s serious,” Warnock said. “I’m committed to getting the job done. I’m very transparent about my life.”