Ahead of this weekend’s Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich in The Woodlands, Ted Cruz invited Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to five similar debates between now and the primary election.
Cruz noted in a letter to Dewhurst, that the Lt. Governor publicly stated, “What I think is in the voters’ best interest is to hear from the candidates, and so that’s what we’re doing.”
“I take you at your word that you are sincerely interested in providing Texans a fair opportunity to ask the hard questions necessary to make an informed decision in this Senate election,” Cruz wrote.
This Saturday’s Lincoln-Douglas debate between Cain and Gingrich is getting a tremendously high level of interest from Republican primary voters. “Texans deserve the same opportunity in the Texas Senate race,” Cruz observed.
“I know it’s tempting for a front-runner to try to hide from debates, and you have often said you consider yourself the front-runner,” Cruz added in the letter to Dewhurst. “But you’re a smart, serious man, and I hope you respect Texas voters enough to stand before them and answer their questions.”
I think that's a great idea. I will be attending the Cain-Gingrich debate and I think there is real interest in more detailed answers from candidates than one can get from short quips made in standard debates.
The primary election is March 6, 2012 so there is plenty of time to have the debates.