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The general election is just over a week away, and the big news this week was that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani came to town to campaign for Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool, saying the race has national implications for health care and energy policy. Friday on State of the News, we talked with cn|2’s Kenny Colston and our own Phillip M. Bailey about the visit, and other election news and analysis.

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Giuliani Campaigns for P’Pool, Rails Against Obama and Conway

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told supporters of Republican Todd P’Pool that Kentucky’s attorney general race has national implications for health care and energy policy.

Giuliani visited Louisville on Wednesday to back P’Pool, who is running against Democratic incumbent Jack Conway. The former Republican presidential candidate highlighted key parts of P’Pool’s platform, which nationalizes the race and seeks to tie Conway to President Barack Obama

Giuliani says if Kentucky joins a lawsuit against the president’s health care law, it will help save the economy from “socialized medicine”

“I’m here because this election is important to the country. It’s important to the country that you have an attorney general that joins the other attorneys general—Republican and Democrat—that want to overturn Obamacare. Your attorney general has Kentucky in a position by not opposing it, of supporting Obamacare,” he says.

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Giuliani Making Louisville Appearance to Campaign for P’Pool

The campaign for Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool announced Thursday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in Louisville to back the GOP challenger.

Giuliani will join the Hopkins County Attorney at a rally on October 26 that will include supporters and public safety officials.

P’Pool says the former Republican presidential candidate has a record of leadership among law enforcement and claims his opponent, Democratic incumbent Jack Conway has failed to deliver.

“Mayor Giuliani is a role model and textbook example of defined leadership,” P’Pool said, noting he has received the endorsement from the Kentucky FOP. “At a time when Kentucky suffers from a lack of strong leadership—especially in the attorney general’s office—it is an extreme honor to be joined in Kentucky by America’s mayor.”

Several high-profile Republicans have already visited the commonwealth to join P’Pool on the campaign trail, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and current attorneys general Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia.

The Conway campaign has not responded to a request for comment.