Mike Espy accepts invitation to debate Cindy-Hyde Smith before run-off elections

Mike Espy accepts invitation to debate Cindy-Hyde Smith before run-off elections
In this year’s special election, Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith will advance to a runoff to fill the seat left by Thad Cochran after he retired April 1. (Source: Photo WLOX)

MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy (D) has accepted an invitation to debate opponent and incumbent Cindy-Hyde Smith (R) in a public debate on November 20, one week before the run-off election.

The debate invitation comes from the Mississippi Farm Bureau and will be broadcasted live on WLOX. The acceptance from Espy comes Monday evening.

Hyde-Smith accepted the invitation on November 8th. Recently, Hyde-Smith has been under fire for a viral video where she is heard saying, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row” on November 2nd.

Espy has since responded to the video issuing a statement through his Campaign Communications Director Danny Blanton, on the comment, calling it “reprehensible."

Governor Phil Bryant defended Hyde-Smith at an event in Jackson at the GOP headquarters on Monday.

This debate will be broadcast on WLOX on November 20.

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