McConnell joins Fletcher during visits to Louisville, Danville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell made two
public appearances with Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Friday, lending his
star power to Fletcher's re-election campaign as the race enters
its final weeks.

"He's doing a wonderful job for our state," McConnell said during a visit with Fletcher to the UPS Worldport in Louisville.

McConnell, the Senate's minority leader, predicted that Fletcher, who is lagging behind Democratic challenger Steve Beshear in recent polls, would "close the gap" with Beshear in time for the Nov. 6 election.

"I think he's done a fine job as governor, deserves another term and I think he's very likely to get another term," McConnell said.

McConnell has appeared at three private fundraisers for Fletcher during the general election campaign, but these were among their first joint public appearances of the campaign since a Frankfort rally just after the May primary. They appeared earlier Friday at a Rotary Club luncheon in Danville.

Beshear's campaign declined to comment on McConnell's Friday stops with the governor.

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