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KY evangelical leaders hoping to host forum for U.S. Senate candidates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three of Kentucky's most high-profile evangelical leaders are becoming involved in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

They are trying to bring social issues to the forefront of the campaign.

Issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage have played almost no role in the senate campaign so far. But that could soon change.

The campaign has been dominated primarily by economic issues such as coal, jobs and health care.

Now three evangelical leaders, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, Bob Russell, the retired pastor of Southeast Christian Church, and Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, say they want to change the subject.

"We've heard very little about other very important issues, particularly for people of faith," said Chitwood.

They've invited both McConnell and Grimes to a a series of three public, evangelical issues forums to discuss social and cultural topics such same-sex marriage, abortion and religious liberty.

"We're trying to help them broaden that discussion by simply asking the questions and letting them respond," said Chitwood.

They would not be debates, but more along the lines of the forums held by California pastor Rick Warren in 2008 with then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

The candidates would not appear together and would be questioned separately.

"Giving them both the opportunity to respond to the same kinds of questions, but they would not be debating one another in the discussion," said Chitwood.

McConnell has accepted the invitation. The Grimes campaign is considering.

"It's way past time for people of faith to take these issues seriously, and be aware of them come election time," Chitwood said.

The forums are to start August 14th in Bowling Green, and move on to Louisville and Somerset. For more information and the full schedule, click here.

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