Mike Espy, a Democrat candidate running for the US Senate in Mississippi’s special election, hinted at his willingness to reschedule a debate on Tuesday. Previously scheduled debates were scrapped after Cindy Hyde-Smith, the temporary Senator appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant, backed out of participating, prompting Espy to follow suit. Chris McDaniel has repeatedly called on Hyde-Smith and Espy to face the voters in a debate.
Hyde-Smith has cited a myriad of excuses as to why she was unable to commit to facing Mississippi voters, initially saying her work in Washington was the cause. However, Hyde-Smith has made it back to Mississippi on several occasions for private meetings and fundraisers. She also attended a undraiser in Houston, Texas.
Espy backed out of previously scheduled debates following Hyde-Smith earlier this month.
Espy’s said, “Mississippi hasn’t had a Senate debate in ten years. It’s time for that to change.” The message was tweeted at 10:28, on the morning of October 16.
— Mike Espy (@espyforsenate) October 16, 2018
The US Senate went into recess last week leaving Hyde-Smith struggling to answer why she wouldn’t be available.
McDaniel released a statement within hours of the news once again calling for Hyde-Smith to face the voters.
“Cindy Hyde-Smith can no longer hide behind the veil of Washington to save her from facing the Mississippi voters,” McDaniel said. “We know she’ll be here in-state, so there’s no reason she can’t stand on a stage and defend her stances.”