WATCH: Kentucky Democratic Governor debate

WATCH: Kentucky Democratic Governor debate

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Kentucky League of Women Voters and the University of Kentucky Student Government Association jointly hosted a debate Wednesday with the candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The debate was held at the Gatton Student Center on University of Kentucky’s campus.

All four candidates, Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young, vying to get their name on the November ballot are set to participate.

Debate sponsors invited Republican gubernatorial candidates to debate ahead of the primary, but they declined.

The Republican Party of Kentucky did release this statement following the debate:

"Today’s Democrat debate might as well just have been a taped rerun of the last one. Over and over again, the Democrat candidates for governor just regurgitate the same failed policies of their leaders in Washington, DC – like Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. From growing government to raising taxes and spending more and more money, these Democrat candidates all want to turn back the clock on the momentum Kentucky has under Republican leadership.” -- Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Mike Lonergan

The state primaries are set for May 21. The two winners will be invited to “The Kentucky Debate” scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15.

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