Senator McConnell sends letter to Secretary Allison Lundergan Grimes congratulating her on her win last night and proposing a debate (and I volunteer to moderate – essentially the timekeeper – for the debates!)

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McConnell Extends Debate Invitation to Grimes

 

Press release from Minority Leader US Senator Mitch McConnell - 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 21, 2014

 

Contact: Allison Moore ****

 

 

 

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell sent a letter today to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes inviting her to participate in three traditional Lincoln-Douglas style debates moderated only by a single timekeeper/moderator. The first to be held before July 4.

 

“By conducting these debates without an audience, without props, and without notes, it will allow for an unvarnished exchange of views for Kentuckians to evaluate,” Senator Mitch McConnell said in the letter. “This will allow for our first real exchange of ideas a full calendar year after you announced your candidacy. Kentucky voters will get their fill of campaign ads and scripted events this year but three Lincoln-Douglas style debates will provide an excellent format to evaluate our true views on the issues.”

 

A copy of the letter is attached and the text is pasted below:

 

Dear Secretary Grimes,

 

Congratulations on becoming the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. I know this campaign will be a spirited and respectful contest that will provide Kentuckians with an honest choice between two very different visions for the future.

 

In order to present our views fairly and without interpretation by traditional media filters, I believe we should participate in three traditional Lincoln-Douglas style debates moderated only by a single timekeeper/moderator. By conducting these debates without an audience, without props, and without notes, it will allow for an unvarnished exchange of views for Kentuckians to evaluate.

 

Last Sunday, The Lexington Herald-Leader suggested that May 21st would not be too early for us to find time to debate and I agree. I believe that in order to present our views before Kentuckians are inundated with advertising, we should agree to hold the first of these three debates before the Fourth of July. This will allow for our first real exchange of ideas a full calendar year after you announced your candidacy. The second debate should be held before Fancy Farm, and a third and final debate around Labor Day.

 

Kentucky voters will get their fill of campaign ads and scripted events this year but three Lincoln-Douglas style debates will provide an excellent format to evaluate our true views on the issues.

 

I look forward to hearing from you on this invitation.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Mitch McConnell

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