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10:49 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Perry Refuses To Debate

Texas – Texas voters probably won't see the top two Texas gubernatorial candidates debate before the Nov. 2 election.

Gov. Rick Perry said he was sticking to his midnight Wednesday deadline of having Democratic challenger Bill White release all of his tax returns for the years he's been in public service.

Perry said in Houston Wednesday, hours before his self-imposed deadline, that without the release of White's financial documents, there will be no debate between himself and white.

White accused Perry of disrespecting Texas voters by not debating him. White said his refusal has more to do with being afraid of answering tough questions about his job performance as governor, including a projected multibillion-dollar state budget shortfall.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.