Kentucky gubernatorial candidates to debate at Centre College, in partnership with AARP and WAVE 3 News
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin have both agreed to participate in a gubernatorial debate hosted by Centre College the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Sponsored by AARP, the hour-long event will be moderated by news anchor Scott Reynolds and broadcast live statewide on both television and radio stations by media partner WAVE 3 News.
The Centre debate is one of five announced by the candidates.
“We are delighted by the news that Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates have agreed to a series of debates across the Commonwealth,” said Centre President John A. Roush. “We and our partners, AARP and WAVE 3 News, are confident that we can provide a rich experience for Kentuckians, so they can make an informed decision when they head to the polls in November to vote for our next governor.”
Stations currently committed to carry the debate live are:
· WAVE 3 News (Louisville)
· WHAS-AM (Louisville)
· WLEX-TV (Lexington)
· WXIX-TV (Cincinnati/Northern Ky.)
· WSAZ-TV (Huntington)
· WFIE-TV (Owensboro/Henderson)
· WQWQ-TV (Paducah/Cape Girardeau)
The 85 radio stations that make up the Kentucky News Network will also have the opportunity to broadcast the debate live, courtesy of WHAS-AM.
“Obviously, Centre College has an excellent track record for hosting debates of this caliber and importance,” added Roush. “We look forward to welcoming Mr. Conway and Mr. Bevin to historic Newlin Hall in Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, just as we’ve previously welcomed a host of other candidates for high political office.”
Vice presidential candidates Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney met on the Newlin Hall stage in 2000. This venue was also the setting for a 2007 gubernatorial debate between Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear. Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan engaged in a lively conversation as vice presidential candidates more recently in 2012 on the Newlin Hall stage.
In addition to the five gubernatorial debates, the lieutenant governor candidates also plan to square off in at least one debate.
by Michael Strysick
June 8, 2015