Texas gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken made the following statement Tuesday in view of Greg Abbott’s release of his federal tax forms Thursday:??

“Even though Greg Abbott has disclosed his tax forms, it would be more meaningful to Texans if he would be open to a one-on-one discussion about our ideas on public policy.??

“Namely, it’s high time for him to agree to a series of a Lincoln-Douglas style debates across Texas so that voters could come to understand the different approaches we would take as governor of Texas.??

“I’m calling on him to engage with me in serious discussion of the real challenges and issues facing Texans. That should not be so difficult.”