The New York Times reports:
Plans for the final debate of Georgia’s raucous race for governor collapsed on Wednesday after the Republican nominee, Brian Kemp, abandoned the forum’s long-scheduled timing so he could campaign alongside President Trump this weekend.
Mr. Kemp had been expected to meet Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, in a Sunday evening debate that was announced in September and was to be broadcast live. But Mr. Kemp backed away from the 5 p.m. debate in Atlanta after Mr. Trump’s campaign set a rally in Macon, about 100 miles to the southeast, for 4 p.m.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Kemp said he offered to reschedule on “multiple days, times and venues” and said he would attend another debate hosted by Channel 2 on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Kemp spokesman Ryan Mahoney added a taunt, asking if she will join the secretary of state on the debate stage or “just continue to hide from her radical record and extreme agenda.”
Abrams, whose team accused Kemp of backing out of his commitment, issued a lengthy release Wednesday night rejecting the late schedule change. Her campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said Abrams already moved forward with other plans. “Just because Brian Kemp breaks his promises doesn’t mean anyone else should,” she said.
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) October 31, 2018
So you’ve borrowed the President’s top campaign strategy? Lying.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) November 1, 2018
Brian Kemp will be a GREAT Governor of Georgia. Stacey Abrams will destroy the State. Sooooo important, get out and VOTE for Brian!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018