On bus tours, one party plays up unity the other defends 'likability'

10/30/2011 09:25 PM

Both parties hit the home stretches of their candidates’ annual pilgrimage across the highways and backroads of Kentucky late last week.

The Democratic candidates spent much of the last two weeks taking turns on various bus stops across the state and, on Thursday, finished the trip where it started in Lexington on Oct. 16.

Republican candidate David Williams and running mate Richie Farmer, meanwhile, were joined sporadically by a few candidates last week on their bus trip. Candidate for treasurer K.C. Crosbie joined Wiliams and Farmer on Monday for the tour’s launch and secretary of state candidate Bill Johnson traveled with the ticket in western Kentucky on Wednesday.

Williams and Farmer will be in Shelby County on Monday morning.

On Thursday, though, Williams and Farmer officially landed the endorsement of one Kentucky’s biggest Republicans: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul:

Williams also tried to personally appeal to voters by downplaying what some have called his biggest liability — his likeability:

Meanwhile, Democrats noticed that not all the GOP candidates joined in the Williams-Farmer bus tour.

Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner James Comer and GOP nominee for attorney general Todd P’Pool took their own bus trip a week earlier, which they called the “Corn and Coal” tour.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said he got them confused with a certain moving company:


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