NEW: “The only people interested in debates are reporters and losing candidates," U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said today when asked why she hasn't agreed to debate her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy.

Espy says she's "disrespecting" Mississippians:…
If you support our work covering not only elections, but the issues Mississippians continue to face after the ballots are cast and efforts to find solutions, please consider giving a one-time or recurring donation to help us do even more @MSFreePress:…
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith: "The only people interested in debates are reporters and losing candidates." (WAPT)
"The people of Mississippi—she’s disrespecting them. … She’s taking this for granted,” says @MikeEspyMS, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's Democratic opponent

A recent polls found Hyde-Smith leading Espy by only one point in Mississippi.…
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith repeated the same answer ("The only people interested in debates are reporters and losing candidates") moments later in the WAPT interview, and when asked additional questions, walked away: "That's it," she said.

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Now, cases are growing 2x as fast among white people.…
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She needs help purchasing medical insurance, food, prescriptions and proper medical care. 3/
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