Centre College invites gubernatorial candidates to debate

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Centre College
DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) — Centre College says it wants to host a gubernatorial debate next fall. The school says it has reached out to Jack Conway and his two potential Republican opponents, Matt Bevin and James Comer. (Comer filed a request today for a recanvass after the primary election results showed Bevin ahead by 83 votes.)

The hour-long debate would be held the night of Tuesday, October 6, and would be sponsored by AARP. Centre College says it would be broadcast live across the state on television and radio stations.

Centre President John A. Roush says, "Kentuckians went to the polls on Nov. 4, 2014, without the benefit of having heard from their U.S. Senate candidates in any live debates…We expect that won’t be the case in 2015 when our citizens are asked to vote for their next governor.”

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AARP Kentucky State Director Ron Bridges adds, “We don’t just sincerely hope that the candidates accept our invitation; we strongly urge them to do so…Our constituents—indeed, all Kentuckians—want to know where the candidates stand on issues crucial to family caregivers and financial security.”

Political debates are nothing new for the school. Vice presidential candidates Joseph Lieberman and Dick Cheney debated there in 2000. And Centre College hosted a 2007 gubernatorial debate between Governor Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear. The school also made national headlines in 2012 when Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan debated there.