JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy is going on the offensive against Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. On Wednesday, he called out Hyde-Smith for failing to debate.
Espy lost the race to Hyde-Smith in 2018. He said the difference this year is that his campaign has had more time.
“We know exactly where these numbers are. We know exactly where we need to go. There are 100,000 African Americans in Mississippi who are registered, but they haven’t voted since Obama 2008.”
Espy said they now have the opportunity to build the most robust campaign in the state’s history.
“We’ve been building the politics infrastructure. We’ve been building this dynamic coalition. We’re able to fund it.”
Espy said healthcare is still top bill for his campaign.
“Saving rural hospitals, paying teachers a decent salary, $15 minimum wage, building the image of Mississippi, Medicaid expansion; I’m saying the same thing to everyone that I’m saying to anyone.”
Mississippians will not get an opportunity to see both Espy and Hyde-Smith debate. Espy accepted at least two invitations, while Hyde-Smith did not. She told 12 News’ Byron Brown the U.S. Supreme Court fight may stand in the way of debating.
“There’s no way I can commit to you to do any of that, because we don’t know what that process holds,” she stated.
Hyde-Smith heads back to Washington on Monday, despite debate invitations dating back to February 2020.
“I will not run from you. I will not hide from you like Cindy Hyde-Smith,” said Espy.
Espy lost the 2018 special election to Hyde-Smith by seven points.
Hyde-Smith’s campaign released the following statement after Espy’s news conference:
Today’s press conference demonstrates Mike Espy’s increasing desperation. In spite of millions of out of state dollars flowing into his campaign from radical leftists across America, he is still losing. He simply can’t accept that Mississippi voters don’t want his left-wing policies of open borders, higher taxes, a government takeover of healthcare, defunding the police, and a $93 trillion Green New Deal.Justin Brasell, Campaign for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith
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