Following tonight’s debate between Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) and Mike Espy (D), the two candidates were set to speak to reporters outside of the room where the debate was held.
As the media gathered, they were informed that Hyde-Smith would not meet the media, and Senator Roger Wicker would stand in her place. When asked about her refusal to speak to reporters, Wicker defended his colleague.
“10 years ago, when I debated Governor Musgrove, I made the same decision because I think the story should be about the debate, and not about what might have been missing in the debate. She’s doing exactly as I did,” he said.
This is the second time that Hyde-Smith’s willingness to speak to the media has been called into question. Following her controversial remarks regarding a “public hanging”, the Senator’s campaign released a brief statement. In her next public appearance, she would not answer any questions, and Governor Bryant stepped to the podium in her place. She did apologize for the comments during tonight’s debate, and Wicker was asked about her accessibility to Mississippians.
Wicker’s full speech can be seen below:
Espy did speak to reporters following the debate. The former congressman gave his opinion on the debate, attempted to clarify points that he made regarding his indictment/trial and how he feels he is different from his opponent.
Espy’s comments can be seen below: