Centre College proposes debate between Grimes and McConnell

cgross@herald-leader.comJuly 17, 2014 

Centre College hosted both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates. The school is on a $500 million capital campaign.

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Centre College on Thursday joined a long list of organizations hoping to host a debate between Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Centre President John Roush said the school had proposed to host a debate Sept. 3 in partnership with AARP and WAVE-TV in Louisville.

"I think Kentuckians want a debate, and we hope to provide a venue where the voters can get to know the candidates and learn more about their positions," Roush said in a news release.

He said other dates would be considered but that he hoped to host the debate after students arrive on the Danville campus Sept. 1.

Centre hosted the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates in Newlin Hall.

Neither candidate immediately agreed to the proposed debate Thursday.

McConnell challenged Grimes to three "Lincoln-Douglas style" debates in May, under the conditions there were be no audience and no debates after Labor Day.

Grimes said she would debate McConnell but suggested they appear together on Kentucky Educational Television.

McConnell has not committed to the KET debate but agreed to participate in an Aug. 20 candidate forum sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau. Grimes has not said whether she will attend the forum.

Lexy Gross: (859) 231-3335. Twitter: @lexygross

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