Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith says Gov. Robert Bentley continues to duck opportunities to debate him, and that's why he placed a giant rubber duck outside the Alabama State Capitol Friday.
"We know he's a failed governor and his people know he will fail at a debate. We are pushing a lottery for education, the expansion/reforming of medicaid, job expansion and these things must be debated for the people of Alabama to make a decision on November 4 on who they want to lead this state," Griffith said.
When asked about the duck and Griffith's comments, Bentley fired back saying he's a doer not a debater.
"If we want to just talk about things that's fine, but I work hard every day. I have to be the governor of the state. I'm not interested in giving him free publicity right now," Bentley said.
Griffith says he has proposed a series of seven debates in Alabama's largest cities, but the governor has ducked calls from several groups offering to host debates.
The governor says he's open to debating Griffith under controlled circumstances. He added he's too busy to debate Griffith all the time.