Hyde-Smith accepts Farm Bureau debate; Espy considering it
A Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi is accepting an invitation to debate her Democratic opponent a week before the Nov. 27 runoff.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is organizing a Nov. 20 debate in Jackson, with plans for it to be televised.
Campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan says Thursday that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will take part.
Danny Blanton, campaign spokesman for Democrat Mike Espy, says his campaign is reviewing “terms and conditions” before deciding whether to accept.
Espy sent Hyde-Smith a letter Wednesday challenging her to three debates.
The runoff winner will serve the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.
Hyde-Smith was state agriculture commissioner when the governor chose her as Cochran’s temporary successor.
Espy is a former U.S. agriculture secretary.
U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks to backers Tuesday at an election night party she shared with fellow Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, unseen, in Jackson. Hyde-Smith, who was named to the seat, faces a runoff with Mike Espy. The winner will finish the last two years of the six-year term vacated when Republican Thad Cochran retired.