Davis calls for 6 debates, Abbott declines

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott
Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. (AP Photos)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sen. Wendy Davis is calling for a series of six debates across Texas in the fall against Attorney General Greg Abbott, her republican opponent in the state’s gubernatorial race.

In a statement released by the Davis camp on Tueday, the senator proposed the six debates take place in Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston and Lubbock. Davis also wanted one debate to focus exclusively on education, and another exclusively one economic opportunity.

Lastly, Davis wanted at least one debate to be simulcast in English and Spanish.

However, Abbott is less than excited with Davis’ proposal. In a statement released Tuesday as a reply to the senator’s proposal Abbott said he already committed to two statewide televised debates, and will decline any further invitations.

The first debate is scheduled for September 19 in Rio Grande Valley, hosted by the McAllen Monitor, KGBT-TV Action 4 News and KLTM Telemundo 40. The second debate will take place October 3 in Dallas hosted by WFAA-TV with an online stream available.

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