FRANKFORT — Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said his goal is to give Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul "a fair shake" during their first debate Sunday on national television.
"That's all I care about at the end, that both sides got the opportunity to express their views and that it was fair," Wallace said Thursday during a telephone interview.
Wallace, who has never met either candidate, said his job moderating the discussion should be easy.
"There couldn't be a sharper contrast between Paul and Conway on almost every issue," Wallace said. "It should be easy to get them talking and expressing their differences on a variety of issues."
The show, to be aired live at 9 a.m. on most Fox affiliates and again at 2 and 6 p.m. on Fox News, will broadcast from the studios of WDRB-TV in Louisville. The show will air live on WDKY-TV in Lexington.
Conway, a Democrat who is Kentucky's attorney general, and Paul, a Republican and Bowling Green eye surgeon making his first bid for public office, have agreed to five debates before the Nov. 2 general election.
Fox News Sunday is the only debate scheduled for national television. Paul has declined Conway's challenge to debate on NBC's Meet the Press. Wallace said the format of Sunday's show will be "me at a desk with the two candidates."
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