May 12, 2014

Hall Hides behind False Attack While Avoiding Debates

Week-Long Recess Begins, Hall Still Refusing to Debate

ROCKWALL, TX – Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe’s campaign today called out Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) for hiding behind a false, negative television ad while refusing to debate his primary runoff opponent.

“On March 11, now two months ago, John asked Congressman Hall to agree to five debates around the district, offering 30 non-voting days in Congress from which he could choose,” said Ratcliffe campaign manager Daniel Kroese. “Last week, Congressman Hall launched his first television ad of the primary runoff, a harshly negative and false ad that demonstrates the Hall campaign’s trouble with honesty and fear of losing.”

To date, four host organizations have offered to hold a public debate and have contacted Congressman Hall’s campaign: The Greenville Herald Banner, WFAA’s “Inside Texas Politics,” KXAS’s “Lone Star Politics, and The Ben Ferguson Show on WBAP radio in Dallas. The Greenville Herald Banner and Dallas Morning News have both published editorials urging Hall to respect voters by participating in debates. Through this weekend, Congressman Hall’s campaign has refused to accept any of the invitations.

“This is the last week before early voting begins, and Congress is off all week. There is no good reason why Congressman Hall and I can’t be appear together to answer tough questions in a debate for the benefit of the voters,” said Ratcliffe. “The voters at least deserve an explanation or reason for why Congressman Hall can’t or won’t debate.”