Senate candidates vow to change Washington

Jim Gray, left, and Rand Paul

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Kentucky's Senate candidates are both bad-mouthing Washington as they tour the state's largest media markets on the eve of the general election.

In Lexington, Sen. Rand Paul predicted "a big, big year for conservatives" because he said Kentuckians are "sick and tired of big government."

In Louisville, Democratic challenger Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said people are "exhausted with the gridlock and dysfunction," and said the only way to change Washington is to "change the people we send up there."

Gray ended his day with a rally in Lexington, where he again attacked Rand Paul with what has become a colorful catchphrase of his since last week's debate.

"I reject the extreme wild-ass ideas and theories and philosophies of Rand Paul," Gray said. He pledged to end gridlock in Washington, saying Paul is part of the problem. He urged supporters to get out and vote.

Throughout the day, Paul talked about the presidential race. In Lexington he called Hillary Clinton 'dishonest.'

He also predicted big conservative victories across the commonwealth.

"Kentucky is poised to become a conservative state for the rest of our lives starting tomorrow," Paul said in Louisville.

He wrapped up the day in Bowling Green, talking about the role of government.

"One thing our founding fathers understood is that power is a corrupting influence, that we don't want too much power centralized in Washington, we don't want too much power centralized in the hands of one person," he said.

Paul is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate following his failed presidential campaign last year. Gray is hoping to become the state's first openly gay U.S. senator.

Paul appeared with Rep. Andy Barr, while Gray campaigned with former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

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