WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu June 5, 2014
Grimes Responds to McConnell on Debates, Wants Events in Fall and Live Audiences
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has formally responded to Senator Mitch McConnell’s proposal for debates.
In a letter sent to the Republican Senator and made public Thursday, Grimes points out a few areas where the two candidates disagree.
Sen. McConnell invited his Democratic opponent to participate in three Lincoln-Douglas style debates, with no audience, props, or notes. In her response, Grimes says she believes audiences should be allowed to attend the debates.
Grimes went on to say in her letter than in order protect the integrity of the debate process “it is important that none of the debate hosts or moderators has endorsed either candidate or served as a surrogate for either campaign.”
Grimes and McConnell also disagree on the timing of the debates. McConnell wants three events, with all of them held before Labor Day.
Grimes said she believes at least one event should take place in the fall. The Secretary of State also confirmed she has accepted an invitation by KET to debate in Lexington.