April 14, 2014

Hall Refusing to Debate during Two Week Recess

                                 Four Hosts Offered to Hold Debate; Hall Raising Money in Austin Today

ROCKWALL, TX – Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe today reiterated his call for five public debates with his Republican primary runoff opponent, 34-year incumbent Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX).

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 WBAP’s the Ben Ferguson radio show. Through yesterday, Congressman Hall’s campaign has refused to accept the invitations.

“Today Congressman Hall is spending the day raising money from lobbyists at a ritzy, private club in Austin, 300 miles away from this district,” said Ratcliffe. “I am spending my time campaigning across this district, not ducking debates and cashing in favors from lobbyists. Rather than avoid public debates, Congressman Hall should respect the voters enough to agree to debate me in the Republican primary runoff.”

On March 10, Ratcliffe challenged 17-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) to five debates during the 11 week primary runoff. Ratcliffe proposed debates in Texarkana, Rockwall, Paris, Sherman and Greenville and offered 30 separate non-voting days between now and the start of early voting where Congress is in recess.