Party Politics

Party Politics 72: The Debate Over Debates

A Roundup of State Debates

Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez.

Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer talk about the recent debate over debates in Texas. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has passed on debating his Democratic opponent Mike Collier, but is headed off to match up with Geraldo Rivera on Fox News.

Ted Cruz has proposed five debates with challenger Beto O'Rourke, but details have been difficult to pin down and a scheduled debate for this week was cancelled.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott agreed to debate Lupe Valdez on a Friday night in September, which is the only statewide debate set at this time.

Brandon and Jay talk about the impact of debates (or no debates) and what all this means for Texas voters.


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The Governor's "$10,000 appointees"

Controversy over calling a special election for Senate District 6

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