From the Vault: Bunning announced 28 years ago today that he would run for governor

03/28/2011 02:33 PM

About a month after saying he couldn’t imagine running for governor, Jim Bunning changed his mind and declared for the 1983 Republican primary 28 years ago today.

Bunning, at the time, was a state Senator from the 11th District in Northern Kentucky. A month earlier, he told reporters he could see “no circumstances” in which he would run for governor.

Then he and wife Mary Bunning embarked on an announcement tour in Northern Kentucky and Frankfort on March 28, 1983 — about two months before the May primary and two days before the candidate filing deadline that year.

That is the latest “From the Vault” segment, which originally aired on Friday’s edition of Pure Politics.

Bunning won the Republican primary with 74% of the vote. But he lost in November to Democrat Martha Layne Collins.

- Ryan Alessi


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