Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin says his opponent, incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to debate him.
Bevin’s camp announced today he has accepted KET's debate invitation for April 21. Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist, says the five-term senator won’t be there, however, because he doesn’t want to talk about the issues.
“I’d love to debate him, but he’s afraid to because he can’t defend his record and he has no vision for the future," Bevin said. "He can’t run on anything he’s done in the past. To me, there’s issues that matter.”
Calls to McConnell’s staff for comment were not immediately returned.
Bevin attended the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner this weekend, but, unlike McConnell, was not invited to speak.
According to a Public Opinion Strategies poll released last week, McConnell leads Bevin 61 to 23 percent among likely Republican primary voters.