McConnell agrees to debate on WHAS-TV, but Grimes cites scheduling conflict

syoungman@herald-leader.comAugust 27, 2014 

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell

Another proposed debate between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, appears to have died.

Grimes and McConnell have been unable to settle on a date for the debate proposed by WHAS-TV in Louisville.

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The McConnell campaign accepted one proposed date, Sept. 5, but Grimes is scheduled to attend an event in Tennessee that day, according to WHAS reporter Joe Arnold.

Arnold reported Wednesday that Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst wrote in a letter: "On the sole date accepted by the McConnell campaign, Secretary Grimes has a longstanding commitment to visit her alma mater. By accepting a date that McConnell's campaign knows does not work for Alison, it is clear they are back to their old tricks."

Grimes graduated in 2001 from Rhodes College in Memphis.

"We've heard a lot of excuses about why Secretary Grimes cannot show up to a debate," McConnell senior adviser Josh Holmes told WHAS. "For the third time, a mysterious scheduling conflict has appeared as the reason she can't share her support for the Obama agenda with Kentucky voters."

McConnell and Grimes have agreed to debate Oct. 13 on KET's Kentucky Tonight program. On Monday, Centre College announced that it had 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.

Sam Youngman: (502) 875-3793. Twitter: @samyoungman. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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