Centre College President Reaches Out to McConnell, Grimes Ahead of Proposed Debate at School

Aug 21, 2014

Centre College in Danville is hoping to host a debate between Kentucky Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Credit Centre College

Following the announcement that Kentucky's two leading U.S. Senate candidates will appear on Kentucky Educational Television, Centre College's president is reaching out to both camps.

Centre College proposed hosting a debate September 3 between incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In a letter posted Wednesday on the Danville college's website, President John Roush says Centre is awaiting a response. He says time is ticking but he remains optimistic both candidates will accept.

"It's really about the citizens of the Commonwealth," the letter read. "This is no longer for me about my interests or even Centre College's interests. The citizens of this state deserve the right to hear these candidates and I'm hoping they'll figure that out."

McConnell and Grimes agreed to appear together October 13 on KET's Kentucky Tonight Program. Libertarian candidate David Patterson was not invited to the KET forum.

Likewise, Roush says Patterson would not be invited to a Centre debate. He says there's a difference between getting on the ballot and being a viable candidate.