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Expecting a debate between Perry and White? Don’t bet on it

September 16th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Expecting a debate between Perry and White? Don’t bet on it

A taunting chicken could not persuade Rick Perry and a taunting governor could not budge Bill White, so it looks like Texas voters will not be seeing a debate this fall between the two men who want to be their governor. With a midnight deadline looming, neither man blinked during separate appearances in Houston on Wednesday.

The guy in the full-length yellow chicken suit and cowboy boots stood on a sweltering Houston street as the Perry entourage drove into a lot at the Mach Industrial Group for a news conference hailing his role in tort reform. About a dozen men from union locals, in addition to the faux fowl, waved signs and yelled at “Gallina Perry.”

“He needs to quit running,” said Richard Shaw, secretary-treasurer of the Harris County AFL-CIO. “He ought to meet with editorial boards, as well.”

Call for transparency
After his prepared remarks on the factory floor, Perry contended that White will not release all of his tax returns because he has something to hide.

“I have said for some period of time now that I’d love to debate Bill White,” he said, “but I think the more important issue is for an individual who’s asking to be the chief executive officer for one of the most important states in the nation, if not the most important state in the nation, with one of the most important economies in the world, to not be transparent and honest about how he’s made his money is a great tragedy.”

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Expecting a debate between Perry and White? Don’t bet on it

I don’t believe Rick Perry. I think he’s afraid of Bill White. I don’t know all the reasons WHY he’s afraid, but Perry keeps on crying about Bill White not releasing tax records that he (White) is required by law to release.

And Bill White contends he HAS released “far more financial information and more complete financial information” than Gov. Goodhair.

Personally, I think it’s time for BOTH of these guys to stop their *little boy* pissing contest. It’s time to put up or shut up.

If Bill White hasn’t fully released ALL of the tax records he is required by law to release, he needs to be immediately removed from the race for Texas Governor and face whatever legal penalties his actions dictate.

White saying that he has ‘released “far more financial information and more complete financial information” than Perry’ is pretty lame. You don’t release MORE than your opponent and just call it good. You release your TAX records, that’s part of the privacy you give up if you want to lead We, The People.

Perry himself needs to stop whining and MAN UP. If White is breaking the law, just what kind of Governor is he (Perry) if he can’t insist that Texas elections laws be followed?

Perry won’t debate Bill White? Shoot, he won’t even go to the same event as Bill White. Perry is ducking and dodging Bill White every way possible. It’s MY opinion that it doesn’t have anything to debate with.

“There are 18 billion reasons why Rick Perry has decided not to debate,” White said, alluding to the $18 billion budget shortfall the state faces in the upcoming two-year budget cycle. “Debates are a means of accountability for voters, and Perry’s showing his true colors as a scripted professional politician who thinks he’s entitled to re-election,” said White.

18 BILLION reasons? That’s a lot of accountability that needs to be called into question.

Asked repeatedly why he simply did not release the tax returns Perry was demanding, White said “because campaigns aren’t games.”

Katy Bacon, the Democratic challenger’s campaign spokeswoman, said Perry will “keep moving the goal post down the road, because his goal is to avoid the debate.”

Gamesmanship? White is correct, it’s NOT a game, but I don’t see or hear the White campaign saying they made full disclosure. Maybe they met the minimum. Maybe they didn’t. Maybe Perry wants more than the law requires. In any case, Texas voters are being jerked around, and we are NOT jerks.

The last time major gubernatorial candidates did not debate was in 1990, when Republican Clayton Williams refused to engage his Democratic opponent, Ann Richards. They did have a joint appearance and back-to-back televised interviews with a panel of reporters, but not a formal debate.

Just in case Rick Perry, or any of my non-Texan readers don’t know, Ann Richards took Clayton Williams to the woodshed. She beat him like a rented mule. :P

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