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Palin Speech Draws Protesters Outside Paul Fundraiser

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is delivering two speeches in Louisville today.

The former GOP Vice-Presidential nomineee was the keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention, and prior to that addressed a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.

It drew several dozen protesters outside the Crown Plaza Hotel, including Cynthia Wedding of Louisville.

“I’m sure the Tea Partiers want to take out Medicare and Social Security. It’s proven effective, it’s working a lot of us couldn’t live without it. Rand Paul doesn’t need it but Kentuckians need it,” she said.

Paul, who faces Democrat Jack Conway in the November election, has said he’s not in favor of eliminating those government programs, but wants to cut waste from the federal budget.

The demonstrations were organized by labor groups and MoveOn.org.     

Kentucky AFL/CIO President Bill Londrigan says Palin’s visit is the latest example of out-of-state interests interfering in the Senate race.              

“We want to make sure people understand that these large front groups that are putting forth huge amounts of corporate dollars are trying to influence and buy this election—influence the voters and keep their eyes off the key issues,” he said.

A national Republican group and the Crossroads GPS organization have sponsored ads against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. Paul’s fundraiser was closed to the media. Londrigan says he supports Conway in the Senate race.

Bunning Endorses Rand Paul To Be His Successor

Republican U.S. Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky has endorsed Bowling Green opthamologist Rand Paul
to assume his seat in Washington, rather than his protege, Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Before announcing his retirement last year, Bunning had given Grayson his blessing to form an exporatory committee for a possible Senate run. Grayson, like Bunning hails from Northern Kentucky.

Bunning (pictured) announced the endorsement Wednesday in a statement:

U.S. Senator Jim Bunning today issued the following statement endorsing Dr. Rand Paul in the Kentucky Republican primary race for the United States Senate.

“In the United States Senate, Kentuckians need a strong, principled conservative to stand up to the liberals and establishment politicians that run Washington. Kentucky needs a conservative who will say no to bailouts, stop the government takeover of our economy, end wasteful spending, and bring down our national debt. And Kentucky’s families need a conservative who believes in traditional values and the rights of the unborn. In 2010, there is only one such conservative running for the United States Senate — Dr. Rand Paul.

“Dr. Paul will be his own man in Washington, not beholden to the special interests and beltway insiders who come looking for handouts on a daily basis. Instead, Dr. Paul will be a strong voice and advocate for the people and values of Kentucky. Dr. Paul is a man of his word who can be trusted to do what is right for Kentucky and the nation.

“I know what it takes to stand up for the conservative principles that are needed to make America a better place for our children and grandchildren. Dr. Paul shares those same core values and has the courage and conviction necessary to make sure the voices of Kentucky’s workers, families, retirees, and children are heard in Washington. That is why I am supporting Dr. Paul to be our next United States Senator from Kentucky.”