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Ky. Senate candidates respond to WHAS-TV debate compromise

by WHAS11


Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 6:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—The candidates in the presidential-esque Kentucky Senate race have responded to WHAS-TV’s compromise debate plan sent to them on Wednesday. 
On Thursday both campaigns sent responses to WHAS-TV, giving positive feedback from both camps, after letting the candidates know that WHAS-TV would keep up their viewers informed of their responses. 
Both say they want debates but they have not been able to get on the same page about debating on the same stage.
Grimes has agreed to appear on KET'S candidate forum October 13. McConnell has not.
McConnell has accepted a Kentucky Farm Bureau candidate forum invitation on August 20, Grimes has not.
The apparent impasse led WHAS11’s General Manager to offer a compromise debate plan, a hybrid of the competing sets of conditions McConnell and Grimes have stipulated.
On Thursday, it's too early to say if it's a breakthrough, but both campaigns are giving positive indications about the WHAS11 proposal.
"Sen. McConnell was pleased to receive the offer and looks forward to discussing how we can make this proposed debate a reality," Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager said in a statement to WHAS11.
Grimes Campaign Manager Jonathan Hurst also said they are still wanting to discuss McConnell’s voting record in his terms in the Senate as much as possible before the Nov. election. 
"We were pleased to receive the invitation.  As we have said from the beginning of this trace, Alison looks forward as many opportunities as possible to discuss Sen. McConnell's thirty year Washington voting record," Hurst said. 
Hurst said the Grimes campaign looks forward to "sitting down and discussing these details."
WHAS11 will continue to push for a debate between the candidates and keep the public updated on the status.