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NBC 15 asks Gov. Ivey about missing debates at BP Restoration meeting

(IMAGE: WPMI) NBC 15 asks Gov. Ivey about missing gubernatorial debates at BP Restoration meeting

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is once again making an appearance in Baldwin County this week as she stopped by the Five Rivers Delta Center in Spanish Fort on Wednesday.

Governor Ivey spoke briefly about a plan to distribute funds to BP restoration projects impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.

According to officials, the plan includes 26 projects designed to help restore and benefit wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats; including some on federally managed lands.

However, because of the meeting, Governor Ivey missed a gubernatorial debate between three of her opponents in the upcoming Alabama primary.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and State Sen. Bill Hightower debated at the Lyric Theater in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

NBC 15 asked Governor Ivey about her refusal to take part in the debate.

"This whole campaign is gonna be about individual records, not short term media appearances necessarily. I'm simply attending and doing the business I should do as Governor," said Governor Ivey.

Governor Ivey also missed a debate last Thursday because she was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at a Birmingham Barons' baseball game.

Critics, including her opponents, have slammed the incumbent for apparently dodging the events.

"This campaign is not going to be about media stunts. It's about individual records. My record is an open book," Governor Ivey said, "My schedule as Governor is not set by any media or any other campaign. They're free to run their campaigns and I'll run mine. But my job is to do my business as Governor."

Governor Ivey didn't answer questions from NBC 15 on if she intends to take part in any future debates.

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