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Either The 1st or 14th Meeting Between Hewes and Reeves

July 22, 2011
tags: 2011 Lt. Governor, Billy Hewes, Tate Reeves
by Brett

When Tate Reeves and Billy Hewes meet on stage at the Neshoba County Fair next Wednesday, it will mark the first debate between the two if you believe the Hewes campaign or the 14th joint forum if you are partial to Reeves.

Here is the take from Hewes: “I enthusiastically accept this opportunity for the public to finally see my opponent and I discuss the issues on stage together. We have been asked several times, and my opponent has backed out of eight opportunities. He seems to always have a scheduling problem. I am happy he has finally agreed to step up and join me to better inform the people of Mississippi of the choice they have before them on August 2nd.”

And earlier in the week Hewes said this: “My opponent won’t debate me, no debate Tate, he’s not showing up. If my opponent would debate me, we could get a lot of these questions answered, but we’ve seen nothing but costly responses from them, but no answers yet, they’re talking about anything but issues.”

Today, the Reeves camp sent out a press release announcing that they have “accepted the 14th candidate forum invitation.”

And they added this in the email: “On Wednesday next week, July 27th, Tate will speak at the historic Founders’ Square Pavilion at the Neshoba County Fair at 10:50 a.m. Afterwards, he will appear in a candidate forum on Jackson’s WAPT-TV16 from the Fair. Including the Fair speeches that will be the 14th joint appearance at candidate forums for the Republican candidates for Lt. Governor.”

As we mentioned yesterday, they will have a debate next Wednesday at Neshoba at noon. It is set to last about 15 minutes.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. MSDawg permalink
    July 22, 2011 12:17 pm

    The MSU thing in April was just them on the stage together… and while there were no rebuttles… they answered the same questions……

    Billy is grasping for anything and everything i.e. debate, hunting licence, etc

  2. jacksonmsdawg permalink
    July 22, 2011 12:51 pm

    Nobody’s grasping for anything. If Tate’s so far ahead why has he gone negative on T.V. and in the mail?

    If he’s so far ahead why doesn’t he want to call it a debate, what’s it matter?

    Tate is scared and he doesn’t believe his own numbers. He’s gonna look foolish trying to debate Hewes and he knows it

  3. SaltwaterAngler permalink
    July 22, 2011 2:27 pm


  4. listenupms permalink
    July 22, 2011 4:05 pm

    Debate and forum are NOT the same thing. if they are, why ever both with debates? Its silly to argue that they are. Anyone who has anything about an elementary education should know that a PUBLIC DEBATE is very different than two guys getting up giving their stump speeches at a forum. And by the way, he is counting things like festivals as a “forum”. What a JOKE! If you want to take Billy to take for negative commercials or something of the like – go ahead. but the debate issue is settled and factual. Tate Reeves has never debated Billy in public before – that is a fact!

    • Jonathan permalink
      July 22, 2011 5:00 pm

      They have at least debated at MSU and the mississippi press association. So do some research before you start claiming to know the facts.

      • listenupms permalink
        July 22, 2011 6:03 pm

        Wrong – there was no public debate at MPA – its not open to the public and was not televised or recorded. and yes they did “debate” at MSU a year ago when the general public did not know either one of them was running. even his campaign when being honest will admit he has not debated during this election cycle in a public format. he has turned down mulitple opportunities to do so. those are the facts and yes i did my research

  5. Wouldntyouliketoknow permalink
    July 22, 2011 5:21 pm

    While a debate and a forum may have some differences, the fact still is that the point of them is for people to get an idea of the issues and what the canidates’ stance on the issues are. It seems to me that people who are expecting all these great things and questions answered to come from debates haven’t watched too many of them. Take for instance the debate last night. Beforehand,I heard so many people say see those canidates are doing it, and they should because people need answers and Tate’s robbing them of that. I’m sorry, but absolutely nothing new came from that debate,no groundbreaking answers and nothing too different from their “stump speeches” at a forum. The only thing it gave the people was how they physically appeared and who sounded best. Nothing more or less on the issues. I hope all these people that have been acting like a debate is the end all be all pre-election determining factor will realize after this debate Wednesday that they’ve made much to do over nothing.

    • listenupms permalink
      July 22, 2011 6:06 pm

      at wouldn’t you like to know – i don’t disagree with your analysis about Wedn being disappointing, and i think its sad we don’t have more true debates. I think in a true debate format it does give the people the ability to see the issues presented. I think it should be required for all elections personally, but i have a strong opinion on that issue.

  6. rankinlawyer permalink
    July 23, 2011 11:26 am

    I would like to know who Reeves is going to appoint as major chairman in the senate if elected. Is the $10,000.00 contribution from Merle Flowers enough to buy him the chairmanship of appropriations, or not?

    • Will Wise permalink
      July 23, 2011 3:48 pm

      You will find out pre-Nov 2nd before he is “officially” elected, I would guess….

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      July 25, 2011 9:09 am

      Two completely separate issues. Tate has taken campaign contributions from members of the Senate, Billy has chosen not to. I don’t see a problem either way. Flowers shouldn’t be restricted on his campaign contributions any more than anyone else is. His ability to serve in the Senate in any capacity doesn’t have anything to do with his campaign contributions. You’d have him banned from serving as a committee chair just because he cared enough about a campaign to put his money where his mouth is? He was in the discussion for Appropriations long before he made that contribution, and if he’s the best man for the job he should get it, contribution or not.

  7. AlanR permalink
    July 23, 2011 11:47 pm

    If Tate were running for a seat on the board at the Fed reserve, I’d vote for him. But as Lt Gov. he’d be torn to pieces, and that’s just by the other repblicans. Tate’s a banker. That’s what the Treasurer does, at least that what Tate said in 2003 when he ran. And he’s a pretty good banker, but it’ll take more to run the senate. This is no time and no place for on the job training.

  8. listenupms permalink
    July 24, 2011 11:19 am

    Since candidates normally only run negative ads when they are trailing or close, can anyone speculate as to why Tate is spending huge amounts of air time on negative ads, and sending out no less then 4 different negative mailers in different media markets – including central Mississippi. if he was really that far ahead, politicos all know he would not be doing that. Also, it is STRANGELY silent now about how Billy is not talking issues – since that is ALL he is talking about. and tate when asked about his agenda – well his comment was – you don’t come up w a legislative agenda – you let it pick you – that my friends is a sad comment from an alleged leader. You tate fans can scream, jump up and down, and hope your team limps across the finish line ahead, but that is what you have been reduced to and I for one, am glad i am not a Tate fan having to make excuses for a poor choice.

  9. Steve Seale permalink
    July 24, 2011 3:01 pm

    The Mississippi Press endorses Sen. Billy Hewes for Lieutenant Governor.

    “In the race for lieutenant governor, Billy Hewes is a natural for the job ….
    Sen. Hewes has a thorough understanding of the legislative process and can provide the steady leadership the Senate will need as it tackles such issues as redistricting, budget shortfalls and economic development. His years as an insurance agent in Gulfport will help him appreciate the daily challenges business people face in Mississippi.”

    • Dontreadonme permalink
      July 25, 2011 5:15 pm

      Any reason baby boy billy refused to pay So many Katrina Claims leaving his customers homeless? I guess theives hang together SS.

      • listenupms permalink
        July 25, 2011 5:41 pm

        Dontreadonme – That is not a very smart comment. agents have no control over which claims are paid and Billy has been lauded by the coast and the rest of his state for his work after Katrina. An ugly unfounded jab which further discredits your statements on this blog.

        • Dontreadonme permalink
          July 25, 2011 9:14 pm

          Birds of a feather, flock together…. Never stated any comment that was found to be untrue… If your an agent to a company you are as at fault as anyone else in the company. When you advertise Huricane coverage and charge for it, then you need to pay the claim. If your statement is that he’s only an agent to sale the insurance and its the insurance companies fault the claims were not paid. Then he sales snake oil. Either way bad business.

  10. WOW! permalink
    July 25, 2011 1:46 pm

    Shocking – a Gulf Coast newspaper endorses a Gulf Coast Senator.

  11. listenupms permalink
    July 25, 2011 2:42 pm

    Lets count the endorsements by editorial boards so far. Three have issued endorsements, and all three have gone to Billy Hewes. Editorial board endorsements for Tate Reeves – Zero. NOT shocking. One of those papers was a metro area paper.

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