This morning, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell issued an invitation to his Democratic opponent in November's general election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to join him in a series of three one-hour debates. The invitation calls for these to be conducted as Lincoln-Douglas style debates, with only the two candidates on stage with a single moderator/timekeeper.
Considering that the upcoming McConnell-Grimes contest is one of the nation's most important, we should all hope Ms. Grimes enthusiastically accepts the challenge. Even though the format is an old one, Lincoln-Douglas style debates are actually something very few of us have ever experienced. The format calls for the participants to meet face-to-face with no live audience, no props, no notes and no media members to hijack the proceedings for their own purposes, and such a showcase should be of immeasurable benefit to both parties in communicating their ideas directly to the voters of Kentucky.
We at WDRB are so enthusiastic about the prospect that we are - right now -- offering our facilities to host and televise any such debates that result from this invitation. We will, further, make any such debate telecasts available at no charge to every television and radio station in Kentucky or the Cincinnati area.
So much of our Point of View feedback focuses on political matters that we know there's a hunger for such unfiltered exchanges of ideas. Here's hoping they become reality, and that they're watched by as many voters as possible in order to educate themselves on the merits of the two candidates. I'll let you know soon if our invitation to host the debates is accepted.