Pressure builds for Valdez to agree to debate
Key Democrats add to call for gubernatorial candidates’ exchange.
Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White.
The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has never held office and finished a distant second to Valdez in the March primary, so he has more to gain from a debate.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and Justin Nelson, the party’s nominee for attorney general, said this weekend that Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, should debate White.
“I really don’t know enough about the two candidates, and the best way that I know is to have them each answer the same questions and be on the same stage and be able to understand what the difference is,” O’Rourke said after a Sunday morning town hall-style event before an overflow crowd at Southwestern University in Georgetown. He had previously endorsed the idea of a Valdez-White debate.
A h igh-prof i le exchange between the two rivals represents White’s best chance to break through with voters. Valdez came in first with 43 percent
Gubernatorial candidate Andrew White says he’d prefer multiple debates with runoff rival Lupe Valdez.