Gov. Rick Perry has been dodging plans to debate Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Bill White as of late. On Tuesday afternoon, KTAB's Priscilla Luong asked Perry if he had plans to verbally duke it out with his November opponent.
"Sure," Perry quickly responded. "As soon as he releases his income taxes from his days as Deputy Secretary of Energy. I'll be happy to debate."
To this point, White has not released those documents, tax returns for the years he was Houston mayor, and for 2009. Perry said Texans deserve transparency from their leaders.
"If you've been doing some things in your public life that aren't appropriate, we want to know about it," said Perry.
Perry joked that he had a question directed toward White.
"Whatcha hiding, Mr. White?" chuckled Perry. "Come clean!"
Despite the fact Perry has not agreed to a debate, the five largest Texas newspapers and a public television station in Austin announced last week they would hold an October debate.
"I actually get a charge out of it," said Perry. "It's something I actually look forward to!"
"That's my leverage, if he wants to debate me, turn those records out," Perry said. "He doesn't want you to know what he was doing while he was the deputy secretary of treasury, I think everyone in this room needs to know if he was doing some deals that was enriching himself or doing business with less than savory individuals in the world today, I think Texans deserve to know, whether or not he was doing that."