U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes will debate in October

08/18/2014 05:14 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will face off in a debate televised on Kentucky Educational Television in October.

The agreement from the candidates comes after both campaigns have been slow to work with one another on a forum for a debate — both accepted separate debates early on with Grimes saying in June she would appear on KET.

McConnell sent Grimes an invitation to debate the day after the primary election. He proposed that two debate three times before Labor Day and that the debates be conducted in the freewheeling Lincoln-Douglas style with no audience and only one moderator.

On Monday, KET Executive Director and CEO Shae Hopkins said McConnell had accepted the invitation to debate.

“Today we received word from Sen. McConnell’s campaign that he has accepted our invitation to debate the issues with Sec. Grimes on Kentucky Tonight on October 13, 2014,” Hopkins said.

Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for the McConnell campaign, confirmed that McConnell accepted the debate on KET.

“Senator McConnell feels very strongly that Kentuckians have the opportunity to evaluate both candidates as they discuss the issues face-to-face rather than an endless stream of television commercials and this debate provides that opportunity,” Moore said. “There is a large contrast between Senator McConnell’s Kentucky leadership and Secretary Grimes’ support for the Obama agenda and we’re eager to have that discussion with Kentucky voters.”

Charly Norton a spokeswoman for the Grimes campaign said it’s “time for Mitch McConnell to answer for his failed Washington record — 30 years is long enough.”

“After months of dragging his feet, our campaign is encouraged that Mitch McConnell finally agrees that Kentuckians deserve the opportunity to hear both candidates’ viewpoints and very different visions for the Commonwealth’s future. For 30 years, McConnell has sold Kentucky families out and sided with Washington special interests,” Norton said.

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