Walt Maddox capitalizes on Kay Ivey’s debate absence in new video series

Kay Ivey empty podium
[Photo Credit: Walt Maddox campaign via YouTube]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox is capitalizing on Kay Ivey‘s dismissal of his calls to debate in a new video series his campaign has released on YouTube.

Thus far, two video have been released.

In the first video, an announcer addresses an empty debate podium labelled “Kay Ivey,” asking wether or not she stands by her position of Maddox being inconsistent and non-committal on several issues including abortion, gun control, and confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court Justice.

The empty podium never answers; leaving the announcer to ask “Governor Ivey? Governor?”

Maddox then responds to the question himself, securing his positions on all issues.

“I am a pro-life democrat,” Maddox says in the video. “Being pro-life means that we must also invest in our healthcare and education systems.”

“I believe in the second amendment, and like most Alabamians I believe in universal background checks,” Maddox continues. “And when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh, lets let the United States Senate do their job. Lets trust in Doug Jones and Richard Shelby to make the decision they were sworn to do.”

In the second video, the same scene is set: empty podium with an announcer addressing a question to a missing Ivey.

“Since stepping in to Governor Bentley’s unexpired term, you sided with those who oppose accepting billions of dollars in federal aid for healthcare expansion; if elected governor would you support the expansion of healthcare?”

“Governor Ivey? Governor?”

Maddox then answers the question himself, saying “Let me be clear; on day one I am going to expand Medicaid”

“Because of failed leadership we have seen hospital after hospital close in Alabama,” Maddox continues. “Our failure to expand Medicaid has meant that this state has lost out on billions of dollars and over 30,000 new jobs…As your Governor I am going to take a leadership role in expanding Medicaid; improving our healthcare network so that all Alabamians can enjoy a higher quality of life.”

Maddox has called Ivey to the debate stage several times, and each time she’s dismissed his proposals saying; “When he finishes debating himself he can talk.” Ivey has yet to say whether or not she will debate Maddox ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.