U.S. Senate runoff election debate
Republican Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith faced off against Democrat Mike Espy in a debate in Jackson.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April after Senator Thad Cochran retired.
Representatives from Hyde-Smith’s campaign said in a statement: “Mississippians were able to hear Cindy directly and learn about the differences between her conservative values and the liberal views of her opponent. I think all Mississippians now understand the very clear choice they have on Tuesday, November 27. Cindy is the only conservative in this race who can represent our values in the United States senate.”
Hyde-Smith is challenged by Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary. Mississippi hasn’t elected a democrat to the Senate since 1982. Still, Espy is seeking to become Mississippi’s first African-American senator since reconstruction.
Espy’s campaign also sent a statement to News 25: “Tonight Mike Espy showed why he’s the only candidate Mississippians can trust to move our state forward. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s goal was to distract from her record because she can’t defend her comments that embarrass our state and cost us jobs. Either she cannot or will not stand on her own to protect social security and Medicare and make insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions.”
He goes on to say: “From Hyde-Smith, voters saw the same tired and divisive politics they’re sick of, while Mike proved that he is the only candidate prepared to stand up for all of Mississippi in the senate.”