Rick Perry's refusal to debate
25-year incumbent hides from debates, editorial boards, tough questions
HOUSTON -- Bill White today issued the following statement on Rick Perry's refusal to debate, meet with editorial boards or answer tough questions about the $18 billion budget hole.
"There are 18 billion reasons why Rick Perry has decided not to debate. Debates are a means of accountability for voters, and Perry's showing his true colors as a scripted professional politician who thinks he's entitled to re-election," said White. "I'll debate him anywhere, anytime."
"Rick Perry will say anything to get elected, but he won't say it to Bill White's face in a debate. He's hoping to get by in a job interview on little feel-good soundbites," said Katy Bacon, campaign spokesperson.
Bill White released all tax returns from his years as Houston's mayor, just as Perry has released tax returns from his years in elected public office. While Bill White built businesses, Perry is a 25-year career politician.
"Bill White has released far more detailed information concerning his income than Rick Perry, and that's not even a close question," said Bacon.