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Bunning, McConnell Make Joint Appearance In Corbin

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - In a show of unity, Kentucky's two U.S. senators shared a table at a GOP get-together in the heavily Republican southeastern corner of the state.

It was the first joint appearance in Kentucky for Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell since a political spat made headlines in January.

Republican leaders have been sending not-so-subtle messages to Bunning that they would like for him to retire. The 77-year-old is considered the most vulnerable Republican incumbent running for re-election next year.

McConnell, the Senate's Republican leader, has not publicly asked Bunning to retire, but he has ducked questions about the race, saying he will wait until Bunning makes his intentions clear. Bunning has said repeatedly that he is running and that McConnell must have "had a lapse of memory."

They ate roast beef and chatted with Abraham Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs of Nashville before telling a crowd of about 450 of the importance of electing Republicans at all levels. Neither addressed the squabble.

Bunning drew warm applause when he stepped to the podium, vowing to stand for "conservative values" in Washington.
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