Mitch McConnell ‘refusing to debate his election rival if there is a female moderator’

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Madeline Roth
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Mitch McConnell's challenger in the US Senate race has accused him of refusing to participate in debates moderated by women. (AFP via Getty Images)
Mitch McConnell's challenger in the US Senate race has accused him of refusing to participate in debates moderated by women. (AFP via Getty Images)

US Sen. Mitch McConnell and his challenger in the Kentucky Senate race, Amy McGrath, are sparring over upcoming debates.

It all started when Mr McConnell sent a press release from "Team Mitch" accusing his opponent of potentially backing out of a debate in October. But according to subsequent claims from Ms McGrath's campaign, the real issue is the senator’s refusal to participate in an event with a female moderator.

In a press release issued Monday, Ms McGrath's campaign alleged that "Amy is ready and willing to debate Mitch, but Mitch is afraid to take the stage unless he dictates every detail."

The release continues, "Sen. Mitch McConnell has not participated in a debate in Kentucky where the candidates took questions from a female moderator in nearly 25 years, and he continues to resist allowing women to host debates."

The campaign promised that Ms McGrath would participate in upcoming debates only when "the gender balance of the moderators is restored."