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Grayson, Paul spar over debates

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 9, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 9 at 7:35 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) Despite repeated debate challenges to Trey Grayson from the Rand Paul U.S. Senate campaign, now that Grayson has agreed to at least five such debates, the Paul camp is crying foul.  Campaign manager David Adams says there is no agreement on debates.

"No. We were tipped off about a month ago that the Grayson campaign had supporters working to set up rigged events to attempt to rescue his failing effort,"  Adams said.

"The chaos at the Paul campaign must be getting to David,"  responded Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson.  "We received these invitations from sponsoring organizations and accepted the invitations because these are the events that work with our schedule.  Nothing more to it than that."

Grayson announced Friday that he had agreed to at least five debates, with the first February 13 in Paducah, March 17th in Louisville, April 5th in Barbourville, April 13th
in Bowling Green, April 23rd in Northern Kentucky, and another Kentucky Educational Television debate to be announced.

A check of previous news releases and statements shows that the Paul campaign had already agreed to the debates in Barbourville, Northern Kentucky and Louisville.

"We've seen the kind of dirty tricks and shenanigans the Grayson campaign is willing to engage in and I'm not sure this isn't just more of the same," Adams said.

Hodson fired back. "I can understand their hesitation.  It’s going to be tough for Rand Paul to explain his advocacy of closing Guantanamo and releasing terrorists back into battle against our troops."

The Paul campaign has repeatedly complained that Grayson is mischaracterizing Paul's previous statements on whether GITMO should be closed, and that Paul's past interviews on the subject are being taken out of context.