By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Recently, the Alabama Political Reporter and The Voice of Alabama Politics invited Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent for governor Dr. Parker Griffith to a debate on The V. Griffith agreed to the debate; Gov. Bentley declined.
In a written statement Gov. Bentley, said the following:
“The only way I know how to campaign is to take my message directly to the good people of this state. To listen and learn from what they have to say and provide the strong leadership needed to compete for good paying jobs, better opportunities for a quality education, and to manage a state government that is efficient and responds to the real needs of our people. We have kept our promises over the last four years and I am proud of our record of success. My opponent, on the other hand has clearly demonstrated that he is only interested in negative campaign ads, name calling and political grandstanding. After the primary elections, I thought it would be possible for us to engage in a civil conversation of the issues, a spirited give and take on things that really matter in the lives of all our people. My opponents actions prove he has no interest in such civil political discourse, making any debate with him meaningless in helping people make up their mind in this election. I have always been transparent with the people of this state, willing to answer any questions they may have, and I will continue to do that. Since my opponent is not interested in a meaningful debate, I plan to spend the final days of this campaign working hard as your governor and taking my message of conservative leadership that gets results directly to the people in every corner of this state.”
The Griffith campaign did not return request for comment.