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Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:38 AM

McGrath requests COVID tests ahead of debate with McConnell

Source: WKYT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Days before what could be her only face-to-face showdown with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic challenger Amy McGrath said Friday that anyone attending their debate should be tested for COVID-19.

McGrath made the request in a letter to WKYT, the Lexington TV station where she and the Republican senator are scheduled to debate Monday evening. McGrath said the test results should be provided to the station ahead of time to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“Sen. McConnell has a duty to Kentuckians to keep them safe and set an example on following CDC guidelines,” she said in a statement.

When asked recently whether he’s undergone COVID tests, McConnell has consistently said he’s following CDC guidelines. His campaign responded to McGrath’s request by pointing to a recent statement from the senator: “I’m unaware where Amy McGrath went to medical school, but I take my health care advice from my doctor, not my political opponent.”

Read more: https://www.wkyt.com/2020/10/10/mcgrath-requests-covid-tests-ahead-of-debate-with-mcconnell/

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:43 AM

1. If McConnell is to be believed, he's being very responsible. HOWEVER, needs to set an example.

Let him do at least ONE responsible, selfless thing.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:51 AM

3. That would show up graham . . .

and create a responsible and somewhat a caring attitude for Kentucky, and I'm pretty sure mcturtle ain't having that.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:58 AM

4. He showed up trump*.

Someone mentioned that him having polio, as a child, gives him a realistic perspective on what a pandemic can do.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 11, 2020, 04:27 PM

17. fat chance...

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 09:48 AM

2. Make them ALL take tests

DO NOT trust any of these ASSHOLES.

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 02:00 PM

16. + agree, especailly if it will be debate where voters are in attendance. Two debaters, moderators,

other debate support staff all need to be tested. Annd all audience members need to wear masks.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 10:00 AM

5. McGrath is wise, infecting Democrats is the GOP's main strategy at this point /nt

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 10:55 AM

6. I wish she'd demand, rather than request

But this sounds like the least they can do:

"During the debate, only the moderator and candidates will be in the studio, which uses robotic cameras, Thomas said. They will be at least 20 feet from one another, he said. Also, plexiglass shields will be on the sides of the desks where the candidates are to be seated."

It doesn't say if it will be televised. Will try to find online.

Go Amy!

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:00 AM

7. If a test is positive, he would have to quarantine, that would mean postponing SC vote.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:16 AM

8. Yup. That's why he and lindsey won't get tested.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:19 AM

9. Exactly. No Senator on the Judiciary Committee is likely to agree to a test right now.

Given what happened in the WH recently, they should realize just how badly this may come back to bite them.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:42 AM

10. Any FTF event should require testing prior to it...

but I love the strategy.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:55 AM

11. Mitch doesn't sound the least bit haughty...

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 11:55 AM

12. His campaign's response sounds more like an evasion than an honest answer.

And if he refuses an onsite test, they should punish him anyway they can.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 12:03 PM

13. WKYT should insist on it.

Or make McConnell wear a mask during the debate.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 12:18 PM

14. the tv station should insist both

candidates and mod get tested.

that virus is airborne and they could be putting their crew in harm's way

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 12:25 PM

15. Dismissive, patronizing old fossil that,

in the words of a CBC commentator about Jesse Helms, should be strapped to a gurney.

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