Senate candidates accept debate invitation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford have accepted an invitation to participate in an old-fashioned debate later this month in northern Kentucky.

Instead of taking questions from a moderator or panelists, the rivals will ask each other questions.

The "Lincoln/Douglas-style" debate is set for the morning of Sept. 13 in Erlanger. The event will be hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

McConnell and Lunsford have faced off twice this summer at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic and later before a Kentucky Farm Bureau audience.

Lunsford campaign spokesman Cary Stemle said Tuesday the Democratic challenger is open to more debates.

McConnell campaign manager Justin Brasell says the senator's campaign is evaluating other debate invitations to see if the events would fit into the senator's schedule.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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