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The Debate Over Debates Between Abbott and Davis

By Kevin Cokely
|  Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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Democrat Wendy Davis wants six debates across Texas before voters elect a new governor in November, but Republican Greg Abbott wants her to accept two proposals already on the table.

Kevin Cokely

Democrat Wendy Davis wants six debates across Texas before voters elect a new governor in November, but Republican Greg Abbott wants her to accept two proposals already on the table.

The Texas Governor's race has become a debate over debates.

Just a day after Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott accepted invitations for two televised debates, State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) doubled down, calling for a series of six debates.

"This process should be about engaging voters," Davis said in Dallas. "Texans, no matter where they live, how old they are, how much money they make or what they look like, should be a part of this important dialogue."

Davis proposed that the debates begin in July, with the first held in the Rio Grande Valley, followed by five others in Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso, Houston and Lubbock.

Among them, the Davis campaign wants one debate focused on education and another on the economy.

Two others would be held as town hall meetings.

"What we're proposing is that we sit down with Mr. Abbott's representatives and go thru the comprehensive debate schedule that we've proposed" said Davis.

It didn't take long for Abbott to say no.

Within minutes, his campaign released a statement calling Davis "tardy to the party" for not responding to debate invitations sooner.

On Monday, Abbott accepted an invitation to debate Davis Sept. 19 in McAllen and another for Oct. 3 in Dallas.

"The debate about debates is over," said the Abbott campaign in a statement.

But don't count on it.

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