Abbott accepts invitation to debate Valdez amid Friday night lights


Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to debate Democratic rival Lupe Valdez.

The debate will be broadcast statewide on television and online. It will be held in Austin and is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, a Friday night during high school football season.

Valdez offered her qualified acceptance, tweeting: “Thanks @GregAbbott_TX for accepting a debate! We’re in and always happy to discuss our vision for a Texas that works for all. We haven’t agreed to the terms yet - but seriously, during Friday Night Lights? Texans deserve better. Call me, maybe?”

The debate will be carried on the twelve television stations Nexstar Media Group owns and operates across Texas, including KXAN-TV in Austin and partner stations in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The exact location for the debate has yet to be determined.

“A statewide debate that allows voters to hear directly from candidates on what they believe is essential to the democratic process, and Gov. Abbott looks forward to this opportunity to share his vision for the future of Texas,” said campaign spokesman Alejandro Treviño. “We look forward to our opponent accepting this invitation to discuss the critical issues on the minds of Texans, and we thank Nexstar Media Group for their generous offer to host this debate.”

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