Eastern Kentucky may be the site for a second debate between Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
For the past several weeks, the Appalachian News-Express of Pikeville has been working with the University of Pikeville to persuade McConnell and Grimes to hold a debate in the coalfields. On Tuesday, the Grimes campaign announced it has formally accepted the invitation for debate, which would be held at UPike on Wednesday, October 22 or Thursday, October 23.
The McConnell campaign had not announced by Mountain Eagle press time Tuesday night if too would be willing to take part in the debate, which would take place either nine or 10 days after the two make a joint appearance on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) on Monday, October 13. “Alison looks forward to the debate this fall and appreciates the University of Pikeville hosting this important event in the heart of coal country,” the Grimes campaign said in a release Tuesday night. “In addition to the joint KET appearance on October 13, Kentuckians deserve to have multiple opportunities to hear both candidates’ viewpoints and the real differences in their visions for the Commonwealth’s future.”