Abbott's Cowardice
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Abbott’s Reneging on Pledge to Debate is an Act of Cowardice

Statement from Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

In Texas, we don’t call anyone a coward, unless we mean it and can back it up.

Greg Abbott is a coward.

For the first time in more than a decade, Texans have an open-seat election for Governor.  Every Texan, regardless of their party affiliation or ideological beliefs deserves to hear directly from the candidates - to see them exchange ideas and compare their visions for the future in a non–partisan debate.

Greg Abbott pledged to participate in only one statewide televised debate.  After giving his word to the debate sponsor, WFAA Television, Abbott reversed field and broke his promise to attend and participate.  No credible excuse involving his health, a family emergency or any other plausible explanation for backing out has been given. 

He may be afraid to face Senator Davis. He may be afraid to face the voters. He may even be trying to manipulatively "shop around" for a different debate venue where he feels he has a better chance of controlling the rules or the format, the questions or the size of the viewership.

Whatever the reason, Greg Abbott is backing out of the only this statewide debate because he knows that his appearance in a fair forum, comparing ideas and visions with Wendy Davis will cost him votes.  A debate risks exposing him as a career politician who has used his time on the public payroll to become nothing but another selfish insider - looking out for other insiders and doing damage to Texans who work hard every day to get ahead.

Strength, courage and honor are fundamental requirements to serve as Texas Governor.  Greg Abbott today demonstrated that he lacks all three.

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August 29, 2014
Contact: Matt Angle
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