The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports:
A campaign season tradition — the candidate debate — almost certainly won’t happen in the high-profile race between Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy.
Hyde Smith told the Clarion Ledger on Wednesday she doesn’t plan to debate, citing a busy schedule and “stark, drastic” differences between herself and Espy that she believes voters already know about.
She similarly declined to debate him and other challengers before her 2018 special election, though eventually agreed to one before the runoff against Espy, which she won by about eight points.
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This is a remarkable statement from a sitting United States Senator. Wonder what that guy Lincoln (of Lincoln/Douglas debate fame) would think? pic.twitter.com/u1YhEIBxws
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 15, 2020
Senator @CindyHydeSmith said our campaign was just “a lot of noise.”
Well, if you hear noise that’s coming from behind you, you might as well turn around. It might just be an oncoming train. https://t.co/iILjbZPYPm
— Mike Espy (@MikeEspyMS) October 15, 2020