Recent polls in the race for governor have indicated that there is a dead heat between incumbent Rick Perry (R) and challenger Bill White (D) according to an article by the Houston Chronicle. While some claim this is not a shift in the race, it appears obvious that it will come down to the wire. Apparently, one of the reasons Perry has lost his once comfortable lead in the race is because he refuses to debate White, leading some to question his fortitude or if policies he brings to the table are actually worthwhile if he is unwilling to discuss them.
This is very much something a concerned citizen such as myself keeps in mind while trying to determine who to vote for in the upcoming election. The fact that Perry refuses to open himself up to debating his challenger may speak to the fact that he may not have much in the way of defending himself if such a scenario were to become a reality. Debates, such as those between the candidates for the US Presidency, are very common.
To some though, it doesn’t matter. The other day I ran into a Perry supporter who felt that Perry’s legacy of having been governor since George W. Bush left for the White House spoke for itself. I replied that what has happened in the nine years since Perry took over doesn’t mean anything if he is not willing to discuss where he wants to take the state in the future. And it’s the future that the voters in general should be concerned with, not past accomplishments. In many other “arenas” outside of politics, it’s obvious that in some cases that even a great track record of success is irrelevant if one does not know where to head in the future. I strongly feel that White, with his intelligent proposal for reforming homeowner’s insurance, brings much to the table that cannot be dismissed because he lacks experience in comparison to the incumbent.
To be fair with the readers of this essay, it has to be noted that I am somewhat biased in this discussion. It just so happens that White is from Houston and that I live just outside the city. I didn’t live in the city while White was in office nor have I ever lived in Houston for that matter, but just looking from the outside in via the local media one could tell what type of dynamic leader he was. He started it right off the bat by being an ambassador for the city during the week of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, including his commercial requesting that the people of Houston kindly welcome and direct around the visitors for the game. He truly brought many in the city together, though naturally no person can ever obtain a consensus and get everyone on his side. Additionally, I do find it very much appealing to see a person from my region in the governor’s mansion. But that would not be a fair and unbiased reason for it.
Mainly, I feel it’s time that Governor Perry should do the citizens of the State a Texas a favor and debate Bill White. It’s good for all people involved and is standard for pretty much any election.