What retiring Senator Jim Bunning won't miss about the U.S. Senate

11/08/2010 07:34 PM

Republican U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, who is retiring this year, has never been one to mince words.

Here’s Pure Politics’ report on what Bunning had to say about Rand Paul’s win to succeed him in the Senate as well as a not-so-veiled shot at his fellow Kentucky U.S. Senator, Mitch McConnell, who is the Republican Senate leader:

Bunning and McConnell had a falling out after McConnell and other Republican leaders publicly urged Bunning not to seek a third term. Bunning, who in 2009 had set up a re-election campaign, begrudgingly bowed out of the race in July 2009.

That paved the way for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, whom Bunning encouraged to explore running for the seat, and Paul. At the time, it seemed Bunning and McConnell might be pulling for the same Republican — Grayson — to win the primary and the seat. But in April, Bunning endorsed Paul in a surprise move. And McConnell cut an ad endorsing Grayson just before the May 18 primary.

Paul won that primary by 23 points and went on to defeat Democrat Jack Conway last week by nearly 12 points.

- Reporting and video produced by Don Weber

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.


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