McConnell Touts Seniority On Campaign Trail

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell says Kentucky voters would make a terrible trade if they replaced him with a Democrat lacking the clout to deliver huge amounts of federal money he took credit for bringing back to the Bluegrass State.

McConnell, the Senate's top-ranking Republican, on Thursday touted his seniority accumulated over four terms. It's become a major theme in his toughest re-election fight, coming amid a national economic crisis and dismal approval ratings for President Bush, his longtime ally.

Speaking to more than 300 activists Thursday night at a rally at the Madison County Fairgrounds, Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford chided McConnell for having few accomplishments to back up his title as Republican leader.

Lunsford also said McConnell clearly doesn't have much of a record considering the negative ads focusing on him and his refusal to debate. He also dismissed McConnell's impact of landing top federal projects for the state.


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  • by henry Location: seky on Oct 17, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    It doesn't matter if its pork for ky or pork for any other state, pork is pork! its time to clean up washington, kick all of them out. put in new people and if they don't do the job find some one else. and i am not repub nor democ. Its time for house cleaning. also we need to insist on term limits, it works for the president and it needs to be placed in law for senate and congress. TIME TO GO MITCH.
  • by Valerie on Oct 17, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    How is Mitch trying to kid?
  • by Jasper on Oct 17, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    Mitch has sold out the working Kentuckian,I'm voting for Lunsford.Enough is enough.
  • by VoiceOfReason Location: Based on reality on Oct 17, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    Why would anybody want to put someone out of office who as much power and clout as Sen McConnell? Newsflash good citizens of Kentucky...He's the reason Kentucky has received it's fair share of Federal funding for all of the federal jobs and infrastructure that everyone holds so dear. If you replace him with a freshman Senator, WE WILL LOSE MONEY AND PROJECTS. It's really sad to see how uneducated and unformed many voters really are. Try doing a little research on both candidates and then vote. Don't rely on union newsletters or 15 second sound bytes. Vote based on how your elected representatives have actually represented you.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Oct 17, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    Mr. Mitch please spare us... you will not be traded. You will be simply VOTED OUT, end of story. The only time I have heard anything about you is around election time. You have been side by side with Mr. Bush the last eight years. There are more less fortunate people in American than fortunate. The Repubican Party in the last eight years has destoryed this country. It's time for a CHANGE Mitch, you have been tryed but not proven. It's time for a change. People I tell you take a wide look at our country and see what has happend under this adminstration. That Mitch is what is called terrible as you stated. MITCH YOU ARE A WEAK LINK.... GOOD-BY.
  • by Astor Location: Hyden on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    I am not a politician, but I think I could accomplish more in a year than Mitch has in 24.
  • by Debbie on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    After seeing in the Herald Leader that are basically financing his campagain, nobody could have a good conscience to put him back in office knowing how he got there off the backs of people who have lost everything.
  • by Allison on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    Lunsford in 2008,we need a change from Mitch and his big oil friends.
  • by Karen on Oct 17, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    Ditch Mitch--the republican tes man.
  • by Terri on Oct 17, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    What has McConnell done for any of us-Nothing. He has gotten rich while bending to wall street corruption and oil companies, Lunsford can't be this bad.

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