May 21, 2014

Ratcliffe Accepts Ben Ferguson’s Offer to Host Debate

ROCKWALL, TX – Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe has accepted talk show host Ben Ferguson’s offer to use his show as a forum for a debate with Ralph Hall. Ferguson is the host of “The Ben Ferguson Show” which airs weekdays on WBAP 820am Dallas from 9-11am, and is heard through much of the 4th congressional district.

“I appreciate Ben Ferguson’s willingness to give voters an opportunity to hear both candidates have a substantive discussion on the issues facing our country,” Ratcliffe said. “I’ve been pushing for debates since March 11, but Congressman Hall seems more intent on launching false and negative attack ads than addressing the issues which affect the voters of this district. Hopefully, this time he will finally accept.”

After forcing 91 year old Ralph Hall into a runoff on March 4th by holding him to 45% of the vote, Ratcliffe invited Hall to participate in a series of five debates across the district and identified 30 non-voting days of Congressional recess in which to do so. That invitation was not accepted.

In addition to “The Ben Ferguson Show,” The Greenville Herald Banner, WFAA’s “Inside Texas Politics” and KXAS’s “Lone Star Politics” have all offered to host debates previously.

The Dallas Morning News and The Greenville Herald Banner have both published editorials urging Hall to accept Ratcliffe’s debate challenge.

Ferguson’s invitation can be heard here:

The Republican Primary Runoff takes place on May 27th. Early voting is currently underway and continues through Friday, May 23rd.