CHARLESTON, WV – Mac Warner has issued a direct response to Patrick Morrisey regarding proposed Gubernatorial debates. Morrisey announced to the media he had sent a letter to the other candidates for Governor asking for them all to “stand down” from debate for at least 3 months. Warner’s letter to Morrisey begins by saying he has received no such letter.
Secretary of State Warner stated he wants the people of West Virginia to clearly understand the position of his campaign is that he is “ready to debate as often as necessary, so the people of West Virginia clearly know where each of the candidates stand.”
Warner went on to note that Attorney General Morrisey has changed his position on robust debate since he first challenged Darrell McGraw and then Joe Manchin. Warner issued this question:
Is your (Patrick Morrisey) change of position on debates tied to your funding by out-of-state interests, and their 3rd party spending already nearing $1 million?
Again, I do not agree to your 3-month hiatus – the Republican Party in WV deserves better. Secretary of State Mac Warner to patrick morrisey
The letter was copied to both Moore Capito and Chris Miller.
Several media outlets are trying to organize debates including MetroNews, Grey Television and Public Broadcasting. A panel discussion was held earlier this year as part of the WV Chamber Event and broadcast on WSAZ. In this case, the candidates answered questions that were provided in advance and were specifically forbidden from engaging one another.