Centre College calls off attempt to host debate between McConnell and Grimes

jbrammer@herald-leader.comAugust 25, 2014 

A statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in front of Crounse Hall on the Centre College campus in Danville. The school announced Tuesday that a former student has arranged for a $250 million gift.

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Centre College has hosted two vice presidential debates this century but could not get the U.S. Senate campaigns of Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to face off this year on the Danville campus.

The liberal arts college announced Monday that it has canceled efforts for a U.S. Senate debate on Sept. 3. Centre College President John A. Roush said neither campaign appeared willing to come to an agreement.

"My disappointment runs deep for the citizens of Kentucky, who deserve to make an informed decision on election day," Roush said in a statement. "We had every indication early on that agreement could be reached, but as time wore on, compromise on the part of both campaigns simply didn't occur."

Centre announced on July 17 that is was joining with AARP and WAVE-TV in Louisville to propose a debate on the same stage as the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates.

The two candidates appeared on the same stage earlier this month at the Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County and at a forum last week at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville. Their only remaining scheduled joint appearance is Oct. 13 on the Kentucky Educational Television network.

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