Illinois U.S. Rep. Schock, Andy Barr appeal for youth support at UK

10/29/2010 06:30 PM

LEXINGTON — Hoping to overtake 6th District U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler this election cycle, Republican challenger Andy Barr campaigned with the nation’s youngest congressman, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, on the main lawn at the University of Kentucky Friday morning.

They spoke to about 100 students.

Schock, a Republican who was the youngest congressman when he was elected two years ago at 27, blasted Chandler as a rank-and-file Democrat who isn’t independent, as Chandler has claimed in ads.

He also said the main responsibility of a congressman is to listen. Then he said Chandler clearly wasn’t listening to his district because Chandler voted for Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California for Speaker of the House and for the so-called cap-and-trade legislation. Barr has hammered Chandler for a 2009 vote on that bill, which would have created limits on greenhouse gas emissions while allowing industries and utilities to buy credits to exceed those caps.

Chandler has based his re-election campaign on being an independent-minded congressman, and a member of the conservative “blue dog” Democrats. He and Barr have traded harsh ads throughout the campaign.

Schock encouraged those students to buck the idea that college campuses vote Democrat.

The event, with also included Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, was billed as a get out the vote rally.

-Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston


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