JACKSON, MS (WMC) - Senate candidate Mike Espy has accepted an invitation from Mississippi Farm Bureau to debate Republican opponent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Nov. 20.
The invitation outlined the plans for the event to be widely available, including television and radio broadcasts.
Espy accepted the invitation late Monday. Cindy Hyde-Smith had already accepted the debate invitation Thursday, Nov. 8.
Espy’s response comes during nationwide attention surrounding a viral video of Hyde-Smith at a campaign rally in North Mississippi. In the video, she can be heard stating that if the cattle rancher she was campaigning with “invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Espy issued a statement, through his Campaign Communications Director Danny Blanton, on the comment, calling it “reprehensible."
The debate will air on Bounce TV and will be live streamed on our website.