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Clinton, Democrats Campain Hard for Lunsford

Democrats are pulling out all the stops in the race for Mitch McConnell’s long-held Senate seat.  Senator Hillary Clinton attended two rallies in Kentucky on challenger Bruce Lunsford’s behalf, in Hazard and in Louisville.  At the United Auto Workers union headquarters in Louisville, Clinton emphasized the Bush administration’s and McConnell’s records on the economy, especially job creation.

“I’ve listened to the Republicans.  I’ve watched them on TV. I don’t think they’ve got the right slogan.  I believe that the right slogan is jobs, baby, jobs.  That’s what we need in Kentucky and America,” Clinton said.

Clinton was referring to a Republican chant to “Drill, baby, drill,” urging lawmakers to tap off-shore oil resources.  Several other Kentucky Democratic luminaries addressed the crowd of hundreds.  They included past governors as well as current governor Steve Beshear and top members of his administration.  The latest Courier-Journal poll puts McConnell ahead by 5 percentage points, with a 3 and a half percent margin of error.

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Clinton To Visit Kentucky

New York Senator Hillary Clinton will make her first visit to Kentucky since the presidential primary in May.

On September 20th, the one time Democratic presidential candidate will campaign in Lexington and Pikeville for senate candidate Bruce Lunsford.

Lunsford campaign spokesperson Cary Stemle says Clinton may not win over many Republican voters, but she will excite Democrats behind Lunsford.

“People do call her a daughter of Kentucky,” say Stemle. “I mean, she’s been here that much and she’s that popular. Obviously, the base will be excited.”

Lunsford is running against four-term incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell. Clinton won Kentucky’s presidential primary in May, but shortly afterward, she conceded the race to current nominee Barack Obama.