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Rand Paul lays down debate gauntlet for Grayson

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 19 at 12:08 AM

Seeking the upper hand in an eventual debate between Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, Paul again challenged Grayson to a debate in a statement released by his campaign on Wednesday. 

The statement indicated some irritation by Paul now that Grayson is recognizing him and criticizing him in the U.S. Senate race, (in an interview with WHAS11 aired Tuesday, Grayson referred to Paul as a "little phenomenon, where you guys have this crush on this doctor from Bowling Green who has some crazy ideas.")
 
Here's the statement from the Paul campaign:
 
Rand Paul, candidate for the US Senate, today reiterated his call for Grayson to debate. According to Dr. Paul, "I challenge Mr. Grayson to debate  before any impartial group.  Several universities and media outlets have expressed an interest and I've indicated that I relish the idea of debate."
 
When Rand was behind in the polls, the Grayson campaign refused to entertain suggestions of face-to-face debates at schools across Kentucky.
 
"Now that he is behind in the polls and attacking me almost daily in the media, I thought it would be more productive to get him to debate me on the issues that matter to Kentuckians," Rand Paul said.
 
Dr. Paul went on to say, "If Mr. Grayson continues to claim I'm not a Kentuckian, I look forward to reminding him, in person, that I've been a Kentuckian longer than he's been a Republican."
 
"If Mr. Grayson continues to claim I'm not a Republican,  I look forward to reminding him that I'm a lifelong Republican and reminding voters of his previous life as a Democrat and supporter of Bill Clinton."
 
"This probably goes against conventional wisdom, but I think Kentucky voters deserve a more serious discussion about the future of our country," Rand Paul said. "If Grayson accepts my challenge, all he has to do is say so and my campaign staff will work out the details with his."

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