Lunsford Attacks McConnell On National Security

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The campaign for Democratic Senate challenger Bruce Lunsford launched sharp criticism against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on his national security record Wednesday, a day before the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"Mitch McConnell says the right things, but when it came time to vote for security, he consistently opted to put partisanship over country," said Lunsford campaign spokesman Cary Stemle. "If we were to grade McConnell on the central question - Is America safer today? - McConnell gets an 'F."'

McConnell campaign manager Justin Brasell quickly denounced Lunsford's claims as "misguided" and accused the challenger of trying to politicize the anniversary.

"Sen. McConnell takes a back seat to no one when it comes to protecting the homeland," Brasell said.

Lunsford's criticism brought national security to the forefront in the increasingly bitter race between the Louisville businessman and McConnell, who is seeking a fifth Senate term in the November election. Much of the campaign has focused on high gas prices and arguments between the candidates on their energy policies.

Both campaigns sifted through McConnell's vast voting record in seeking to prove their points about the senator's handling of national security matters.

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  • by James Location: Salyersville on Sep 12, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    If I have one worry after this election is for our national security more than the economy. The terrorists will test our new president and I don't like the idea that Obama may be the one they will test! I saw his interview with George the Steph-man and I heard him say " Muslim Faith and I noticed the instant flash of the angry expression he gave George when George 'corrected' him to say "Christian..". (If you didn't see it, find the link and look at it)! Too many see McCain as the third term of President Bush and I think that is wrong, John McCain is his own man and President Bush did a splendid job for keeping out terrorists for the last seven years and I'd hope McCain or any other would do the same. I know the democrat congress for the second part of the past term is what messed up the rest of the economy, not President Bush! So no, Bruce, thanks for the offer, but I prefer Mitch!
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Sep 11, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    NO ATTACKS SINCE 9/11/01. You can't argue with reality.
  • by wildbill Location: east ky. on Sep 11, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    Mitch is against working and poor people he voted time and time again for the rich tax cuts.He voted no on issues that would help the poor and working class of this stae and nation vote for change vote for bruce.
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    Shame on Bruce Lunsford for attempting to politicize this anniversary! On a day when even McCain and Obama are setting aside critical ads and appearing together, apparently Brucie didn't get the memo. Newsflash, Bruce: You haven't won a state race or ANY race despite $17 million in your own money. Want to make a difference? Quit trying to win races you aren't qualified for, and instead focus your money on charitable causes that would actually benefit people.
  • by Halyn Location: Pulaski County on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    Instead of bickering at eachother, why don't they talk about all of the issues instead of gas prices and national security? I care about education, health care, jobs, not these petty differences in energy policy.
  • by Terri Location: Eastern Ky on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    Ditch Mitch! I my opinion just a yes man for Bush.
  • by Marlene Location: Richmond on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    I guess the proof is in the pudding...have we been attacked since 2001? NO. WE. HAVE. NOT!! So really, where is Lunsford's gripe, if not purely political? I hate it when politicians beat a dead horse.


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