After weeks of uncertainty, Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has agreed to debate incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the end of the month.
The hour-long debate, hosted by Nexstar Media Group, will be held at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg on the evening of September 30.
Abbott had previously accepted the invitation on August 9, but the fate of the event was uncertain after O’Rourke refused to commit.
On Thursday, however, O’Rourke agreed to the debate, but he also challenged Abbott to four additional town hall-style debates. Abbott has stated that this will be the only debate he will take part in.
“In between television appearances in New York and fundraising in Hollywood, we are pleased Beto O’ Rourke is taking the time to debate Governor Abbott in the only statewide televised debate, to be held in the Rio Grande Valley and hosted by Nexstar,” said Mark Miner, a spokesman for Abbott’s campaign. “Beto has been debating himself on issues throughout the campaign, and we look forward to highlighting his real positions supporting open borders, defunding the police, raising property taxes, and extreme energy policies that will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in Texas.”
Polling continues to show Abbott leading O’Rourke heading into Election Day, November 8.