Texas Lt. Gov. Candidates Will Debate Next Month--Maybe

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Texas lieutenant governor will debate next month--maybe.

State Sens. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio (left), and Dan Patrick, R-Houston (File)

AUSTIN (August 13, 2014) State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has agreed to participate in a debate next month with his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.

Patrick's campaign announced Wednesday that he'll debate his Senate colleague on Sept. 27 in an hour-long event to be broadcast by KLRU-TV in Austin, moderated by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

Van de Putte’s campaign, however, says the two candidates haven't agreed to that date and that negotiations are ongoing.

Patrick spokesman Alejandro Garcia confirmed both sides are still trying to work out an agreement, but expressed optimism that voters would be able to watch a debate before Election Day.

Van de Putte released a statement earlier Wednesday calling Patrick a "coward" for agreeing to just one debate out of five she's proposed.

She said a single debate "in front of a bunch of Austin insiders" isn't enough.

Patrick's campaign says he participated in numerous debates during the Republican primary and is working to establish a debate schedule in the coming months that doesn't conflict with ones involving the candidates for governor.


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