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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