McGrath Challenges McConnell to KET Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath has accepted an invitation to participate in the KET Kentucky Tonight Forum for U.S. Senate candidates on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. EDT. KET extended invitations to the qualifying candidates: McGrath, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Libertarian candidate Brad Barron. Barron has accepted the invitation. 

“I encourage Sen. McConnell to join me for the KET debate,” said McGrath. “There is a lot on the line in this election—our health care, our economic recovery, and the future of our democracy itself. Kentucky voters have an important choice to make, and they deserve to hear from the candidates in a variety of forums.”  

The KET forum will be hosted by Renee Shaw, a well-respected Kentucky journalist, whose Kentucky Tonight program is holding a series of forums with candidates from the 2020 general election races in Kentucky. 

However, McConnell has not participated in a debate in Kentucky where the candidates took questions from a woman moderator in nearly 25 years, and he continues to resist allowing women to host debates, including with this forum.

“I sincerely hope Sen. McConnell reconsiders his position on women moderators,” said McGrath. “Frankly, it is antiquated and insulting and has no place in politics in the year 2020. Determining who will be asking the questions to ensure voters know where my opponents and I stand on all the issues that are important to Kentuckians is not a small detail. Representation matters.”