Grimes plans to be in Pikeville whether or not McConnell shows for debate

09/18/2014 09:14 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will be in Pikeville come late October whether or not Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell appears to debate — and all indications are that he will not be in attendance.

On Thursday, Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton confirmed to Pure Politics that Grimes will be in Pikeville on October 22 or 23 regardless of whether McConnell agreed to debate.

The Appalachian News-Express, who signed on to host a debate at the University of Pikeville, told Pure Politics Thursday that they plan to reach out to Libertarian candidate David Patterson to attend the debate as well.

Patterson, who spoke to Pure Politics by phone Thursday night, said that he had not yet been contacted by the newspaper, but that he would accept the invitation to attend.

Grimes announced Tuesday that she had accepted the terms for a formal debate in the Eastern Kentucky community of Pikeville, hosted by the newspaper. The same day the campaign for McConnell said the Senator could not attend because he will be on the road campaigning.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said that the Senator “is committed to discussing the issues of importance to Eastern Kentuckians like President Obama’s war on Kentucky coal, and will look for other opportunities to do just that.”

In a news release sent Tuesday the Grimes campaign said they hoped McConnell would come back to the table to agree upon days to debate in West Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington.

The campaigns have only agreed to one debate so far at Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight” Oct. 13.

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