Sen. Rick Scott says Republicans are sticking with Herschel Walker, comparing the embattled Georgia candidate to Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas' scandals

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Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images
  • Rick Scott said Republicans will "stand with" Herschel Walker after the candidate denied paying for an abortion.

  • The Daily Beast reported that Walker pushed a women he previously dated to have the procedure.

  • Walker has run as a "pro-life" candidate, even throwing his support behind a national abortion ban.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday said that Republicans "stand with" Herschel Walker after the Daily Beast reported that the GOP Georgia Senate nominee urged a woman he was dating to get an abortion and then reportedly reimbursed her for the procedure.

"When the Democrats are losing, as they are right now, they lie and cheat and smear their opponents," Scott said in a statement released by the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday. "That's what's happening right now. They know they are on the verge of losing the Senate, and they know Herschel Walker is winning, so they have cranked up the smear machine."

He continued: "This is just like the smears they attempted against Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, and it will not work. Herschel has denied these allegations and the NRSC and Republicans stand with him, and Georgians will stand with him too."

Walker has denied the Daily Beast's report, calling it a "defamatory lie" in a statement on Twitter.

"This is another repugnant hatchet job from a democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started," he said.

"Now, they're using an anonymous source to further slander me. They will do anything to hold onto power. It's disgusting, gutter politics," he added.

Walker's son, Christian Walker, unleashed on his father on Twitter Monday and Tuesday after the report was published.

In rejecting the new developments, Scott referenced claims of sexual misconduct made in 2018 against Kavanaugh after his nomination to the Supreme Court, along with claims made in 1991 by law professor Anita Hill accusing Thomas of sexual harassment, respectively.

Both men denied the accusations and were confirmed to the high court.

Scott leads the NRSC, which is tasked with electing Republicans to the Senate. The party is eager to knock off Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is seeking his first full term in office in November after defeating GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in last year's Senate runoff election.

The race has remained tight all year, with Warnock and Walker competing hard for votes in the Peach State, which in recent cycles has morphed from a conservative stronghold to a Southern swing state.

While now-GOP Gov. Brian Kemp narrowly defeated former Democratic state House minority leader Stacey Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial election, President Joe Biden won the state two years later, with Warnock and Democrat Jon Ossoff winning Senate contests in January 2021.

This story has been updated.

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