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Pauken presses for debate with Abbott (Texas)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/22/2013 | Peggy Fikac

Posted on 07/22/2013 10:04:46 PM PDT by TexGrill

Former state GOP chairman Tom Pauken is again challenging Attorney General Greg Abbott to debate him in the race for their party’s nomination for Texas governor.

Pauken said he wants Abbott to meet him in “a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates as soon as possible so that likely primary voters can begin to learn the candidates’ views about how they will govern as the next Republican governor of Texas.”

In a press release, Pauken cited Abbott’s answer on WFAA on Sunday when asked if he’d debate Pauken.

Abbott said, “Well, listen, I’m going to debate whoever runs anywhere” but added that it’s unclear who’ll be running in the GOP and Democratic primaries.

Abbott said that he would be “debating the issues with the general public on an ongoing basis” to get out his message.

Pauken – in a reference to Abbott’s big war chest and widely held notion that he’ll succeed Perry – contended that Abbott “seems content to be the $25 million man, accepting his sense of some divine right that the political pundits and other insiders decide.”

Pauken said this is the third consecutive week he has challenged Abbott to a debate. Abbott formally declared his widely anticipated candidacy a little over a week ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: paukenabbott; randsconcerntrolls; texas
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1 posted on 07/22/2013 10:04:46 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Old political maneuver. If you lag in the polls, always, always broadcast that you want to debate your opponent. Voicing the desire to debate gets you press coverage and, if accepted by the poll leader, gets you exposure on a level playing field with your opponent.


2 posted on 07/22/2013 11:54:36 PM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: TexGrill

I’m voting against anyone with GOPe support.


3 posted on 07/23/2013 7:06:03 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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