KET Schedules Candidate Debates, Beshear Agrees to One of Two Appearances

by Gabe Bullard on September 1, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has agreed to participate in one of two planned televised forums with his opponents in the November Election.

Beshear faces Republican state Senate President David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith. The incumbent Democrat has a significant lead in the polls and has declined to attend several forums with his rivals, citing various scheduling concerns.

Williams has criticized Beshear for not facing the voters of Kentucky. The two appeared together for the first time in the general election at a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in July. They also both spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic last month. Beshear will participate in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters, but has declined to appear at an AARP-sponsored event with Williams.

Beshear, Williams and Galbraith will appear together on KET’s Kentucky Tonight on October 31 for a general discussion. Beshear will not attend a similar broadcast focused on education scheduled for September 26. That show will feature only Williams and Galbraith.

All of the other candidates for statewide office have committed to appear on KET with their opponents in the coming weeks. The full schedule:

September 5, 2011: Commissioner of Agriculture
James R. Comer, Republican Party
Robert “Bob” Farmer, Democratic Party

September 12, 2011: State Treasurer
K.C. Crosbie, Republican Party
L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach, Democratic Party
Kenneth C. Moellman Jr., Libertarian Party

September 19, 2011: Secretary of State
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic Party
Bill Johnson, Republican Party

September 26, 2011: Governor (Focus on Education)
Steven L. Beshear, Democratic Party – will not attend
Gatewood Galbraith, independent
David L. Williams, Republican Party

October 10, 2011: Auditor of Public Accounts
Adam H. Edelen, Democratic Party
John T. Kemper III, Republican Party

October 17, 2011: Attorney General
Jack Conway, Democratic Party
Todd P’Pool, Republican Party

October 24, 2011: Lieutenant Governor
Jerry E. Abramson, Democratic Party
Richie Farmer, Republican Party
Dea Riley, independent

October 31, 2011: Governor
Steven L. Beshear, Democratic Party
Gatewood Galbraith, independent
David L. Williams, Republican Party

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