Kemp unable to debate Abrams on Nov. 4 as originally scheduled
ATLANTA - The second and final debate in Georgia's race for governor will no longer happen on November 4 as previously scheduled.
The debate was scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. and was set to feature Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, Republican nominee Brian Kemp, and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz.
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Kemp is now scheduled to appear at a rally with President Trump at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon at 4 p.m.
On September 11, the Kemp and Abrams campaign announce two mutually agreed upon dates to debate.
All three candidates did previously debate on October 23.
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Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, sent FOX 5 the following statement:
"It is both unacceptable and unsurprising that Brian Kemp is yet again blaming his failures on someone else and not keeping his promises. This has been a pattern of behavior for him for as long as voters have known him. His list of failures is long and growing, including overseeing massive data breaches that exposed millions of Georgians’ Social Security numbers, defaulting on a half a million-dollar loan he personally guaranteed, and now he is now backing out of his commitment to answer Georgia voters questions’ about the issues they care about most. Georgia voters are ready for authentic, honest leadership, which is why they’re early voting in record numbers for Stacey Abrams.”
Brian Kemp's Communications Director, Ryan Matthew Mahoney responded with the following statement:
"We offered multiple days, times, and venues to debate. Unfortunately, Stacey Abrams cancelled the WSB-TV debate," said Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director. "Abrams is ducking Georgia voters because she can't defend her extreme, radical agenda on live television."
Later that evening, Abram's campaign sent another statement which read:
"Stacey Abrams was raised with the core values of faith, family, service, and responsibility; for her that means meeting your obligations and honoring your commitments. She believes that the trust Georgians put in her is sacred, and she planned to honor her commitment to the people of Georgia as she always has. We expected that both Secretary Kemp and WSB would also honor their commitment to this event, in which Georgians get to hear from the candidates on the issues they care about most. Unfortunately, despite his own advice about the importance of honoring promises, Mr. Kemp has decided he will not be participating in the long-scheduled debate at the agreed upon time. With the news that Mr. Kemp will break his promise, we have moved forward and made plans to hold our own event on Sunday in which Stacey will talk with and answer questions from Georgians. That’s what we’ve promised, and that’s what we’ll deliver.
"Because we value all Georgians, we already have plans to be on the coast in SE Georgia on Monday to talk with voters, listen to their concerns and answer their questions. We have repeatedly explained our existing commitments to WSB, and we are disappointed that the Kemp campaign is demanding we renege on our promises. We believe it would be irresponsible to break our commitment to accommodate his failures. We refuse to callously take Georgians for granted and cancel on them. Just because Brian Kemp breaks his promises doesn’t mean anyone else should. That isn’t the responsible leadership Georgians deserve.”