Candidates Focus On Iraq, Gas Tax Holiday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Senate rivals Bruce Lunsford
and Greg Fischer were equally critical of U.S. strategy in war-torn
Iraq but differed on a possible gas-tax holiday during a debate
Monday night coming just over a week before Kentucky's primary

The two wealthy Louisville businessmen were joined by the other
five Democratic Senate candidates in a 90-minute debate aired on
Kentucky Educational Television. They are running for the seat held
by four-term Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who is
seeking re-election.

Lunsford and Fischer took plenty of swipes at McConnell, but in
their most pointed comments at each other, the two rivals sparred
over which one has been the most loyal Democrat.

Lunsford said he had contributed more than $120,000 to other
Democratic candidates in the past and belittled Fischer for
donating a few thousand dollars to fellow Democrats.

Fischer responded that his rival understated his contributions
to Democrats. He then lambasted Lunsford for getting out of the
2003 governor's race a few days before the primary election and
then crossing party lines to endorse Republican Ernie Fletcher in
the general election.

"There's a lot of tough issues that are facing our country
right now," Fischer said. "They require tenacity and persistence,
and the best predictor of the future is the past. You're not going
to have to worry about me flipping on Democratic principles."

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  • by james Location: hyden on May 13, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Let me ask all on this board the same question, are you better off now than you were 8 years ago when the democrats had this country war-free and debt free with gas at $1.59 per gallon??? Hey, folks there is a problem and it's about republicans getting richer and everybody else suffering, we neeed a change and we will see that change in November.
  • by kathy Location: ?? on May 13, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Ditch-- Mitch and the rest of the republicans who have lead us into a usless war and economic dissaray.
  • by diane Location: Mt.Sterling on May 13, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    A Democrat will always pick taxes over anything else. They care little about the taxpayer and more about the recipient of those taxes who usually is some government dependent voter.
  • by Carry on May 13, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    to think the future of Ky. lies in the hands of such fools.When will the people of Ky realize we are being taken to the cleaners,and our freedoms thrown aside by these so call democarts.
  • by james Location: lex on May 13, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    Anybody but Mitch, what has this man done for anyone?


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