Politics
2:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Bevin Says McConnell 'Afraid' to Debate, Accepts KET Invitation

With a little more than two months to go until Kentucky's primary election, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Matt Bevin says his opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, refuses to debate him.

Bevin’s camp announced Monday he has accepted KET's debate invitation  for April 21. Bevin says McConnell won’t be there, however, because he doesn’t want to talk about the issues.

“I’d love to debate him, but he’s afraid to because he can’t defend his record and he has no vision for the future,” Bevin said. “He can’t run on anything he’s done in the past.”

Calls to McConnell’s staff for comment were not immediately returned.

Bevin attended the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner this weekend, but, unlike McConnell, was not invited to speak.

According to a Public Opinion Strategies poll released last week, McConnell leads Bevin 61-23 percent among likely Republican primary voters.