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Non-debate "debate" at U of L features one Republican

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 6:20 PM

Wednesday night's Rand Paul appearance at U of L (7pm at the Horn Auditorium at the College of Business, University of Louisville Belknap campus) represents the acrimony in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. 

Rival Trey Grayson and Paul have sparred over the scheduling of Republican debates, especially after the U of L College Republicans appeared to try to shame Grayson into their debate, a characterization the organizer rejected.

And earlier this month, when Grayson unilaterally announced he was agreeing to five specific debates, the Paul campaign cried foul.

"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.”

And Grayson’s spokesman blasted back:

“The chaos at the Paul campaign must be getting to David.  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.”

Meanwhile, Todd County businessman Bill Johnson's offer to debate at U of L was rejected by the College Republicans group.