Clinton campaigns for Conway for a second time, with the same message

11/01/2010 09:51 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former President Bill Clinton returned to Kentucky Monday evening to stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway to try to get Conway some last-minute attention and fuel Democratic enthusiasm in the final hours before polls open.

Appearing at the University of Louisville, Clinton praised sweeping legislation Congress passed during the last two years and blasted Republicans, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, for wanting to undo the new laws.

The stop at U of L came just a couple weeks after Clinton spoke at a rally for Conway on the University of Kentucky’s campus. At both campuses, Clinton pleaded with the college students to get out the vote to help Conway. He repeatedly pointed to Conway’s record as attorney general, while noting Paul has no record at all.

And he joked that he should be “the poster child of the tea party,” considering much of what the tea party stands for — reducing government spending, balancing the budget and shaving down the nation’s debt — occurred during his presidency.

Clinton also said he returned to Kentucky for a second time because “Kentucky has always helped me, and I’ve always tried to do right by you.”

The former president was the last speaker of the event, which included speeches from Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, current Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson and Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer.

Clinton tried to convince the audience not to fall for the Republican’s “trick.“ And at one point, he even asked why Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race was a race at all.

-Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston


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