Senator McConnell Touts Clout, Lunsford Says McConnell Is Costing Kentuckians Money

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

In just two weeks, voters will head to the polls.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate race is in a dead heat and a poll out on Tuesday shows democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford tied with incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell.

Senator McConnell was in eastern Kentucky on Tuesday where that same poll shows him trailing Lunsford.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is rolling his campaign bus across Eastern Kentucky and several local republican officials like Hal Rogers are with him for stops like this one in Pineville. They're urging more local support.

“I want that voice to continue! I want that strong voice for Kentucky to be there when it counts,” Representative Hal Rogers said.

McConnell is touting his influence in Washington as the highest ranking republican in the senate as one of the main reasons people in eastern Kentucky should vote for him.

“I think the fundamental reason is not to trade in the clout and influence our state has for having a party leader in the senate for only the second time in history and to trade me in for a rookie means a massive loss of influence,” Senator McConnell said.

Influence McConnell says helped him bring 500 millions dollars to Kentuckians last year. But he acknowledges, he has a fight ahead of him.

“There are of course a lot of ultra rich liberal people from around the country who are in here spending money on ads trying to tell Kentucky who ought to be in the senate. It's certainly a well funded race on the other side and it's going to go right down to the wire,” Senator McConnell said.

McConnell is hoping by pushing his message of experience and influence that he'll be able to come out ahead on Election Day.

McConnell's bus tour rode through Harlan, Bell, and Whitley Counties on Tuesday.

He's expected back in eastern Kentucky later this week.

McConnell's democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford was in central Kentucky Tuesday night.

Lunsford's campaign is refuting McConnell's claims, saying he is actually costing Kentuckians more money than he is bringing back to them.

A campaign spokesperson says: "The nonpartisan watchdog group Taxpayers For Common Sense lists McConnell's total earmarks at $126 million, which equates to $29.90 for each Kentuckian. But each Kentuckian's share of the national debt - much owed to China - is $33,000. For the bailout, it's more than $2,300. for the Iraq war, it's $2,100. For interest alone on the debt, it's $1,400 and each Kentuckian pays about $1,800 annually in federal income taxes. So McConnell is costing Kentuckians more than he's bringing back."


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  • by Debbie Location: Ky on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    It's funny how MITCH VOTES WITH BUSH ALL THE TIME THEN WHEN HE WANTS YOUR VOTE HE NEEDS TO REMIND US ALL THE GOOD THINGS HE HAS DONE FOR KENTUCKY -- IF HE HAD DONE ALL THAT GOOD FOR US HE WOULDN'T NEED TO REMIND US -- EVER THINK ABOUT THAT MITCH!!
  • by Nancy Location: Perry Co. on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    McConnell has got to go! His allegiance is to the big moneyed contributors. The Lexington paper reported yesterday that he had collected millions more from out of state donors than those in Kentucky. It's obvious whose interests he represents, and it's not Kentuckians. He's done nothing for eastern Kentucky.
  • by Jeff on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    I saw comments regarding Mitch's leadership------what leadership??? We need to lead him out of office in a few days.
  • by Terri Location: east Ky on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    I say AMEN to Crystal from Knott County.
  • by Terra Location: Pike on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:58 AM
    Considering Bush and Mitch have been joined at the hip for so long they both need to ride off into the sunset togeather and we voters need to make sure that happens.
  • by Andrea Location: Kite on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Mitch is toast.
  • by Donald Location: Jackson on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    Just a yes-man and a lap-dog for Bush and we've had enough.
  • by Dean Location: Floyd County on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    I wish these two candidates could focus on the issues that affect Kentuckians instead of slinging mud at one another. Give us a break!!! I still support term limits no matter who is in office.
  • by Samuel Location: Pike on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:43 AM
    It is very obvious that Mitch has spent the last 8 years supporting the Bush failed policies and has forgotten who he represents, that's us the voters of KY.It has come a time in KY for a change and that means giving Mitch the boot.
  • by Randy Location: Phelps on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    Thats all we need is another democrat in Washington D.C.touting gays and socialism to the nation.Supporting Abortion,allowing millions of babys to be killed .
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