January 27th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
6 months ago

Bunning defiantly promises to seek re-election in 2010

Bunning will seek reelection in 2010.
Bunning will seek reelection in 2010.

(CNN) – Republican Senator Jim Bunning declared emphatically Tuesday that he is running for re-election in 2010, despite his cash-poor war chest and reports that some Republicans want him to step aside.

On a conference call with local reporters in Kentucky, Bunning also expressed frustration with fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Mitch McConnell, who said last week he wasn’t sure what Bunning’s intentions are for the upcoming cycle.

“He either had a lapse of memory or something when speaking to the Press Club last week when he said that he didn't know what my intentions were,” Bunning said of the Senate Minority Leader, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “He knew very well what my intentions were.”

Bunning suggested McConnell wasn’t being truthful.

“I had an hour-long meeting with Sen. McConnell in the first week of December in 2008, and we thoroughly discussed my candidacy for the Senate in that hour meeting in my office in Northern Kentucky, and gave him every indication that I was going to run again,” Bunning said on the call.

Bunning, the 77-year old former baseball player, already has at least one challenger for the seat: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, who nearly unseated Bunning in 2004. Other state Democrats are mulling whether to jump in the race.


Filed under: Jim Bunning • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Sye the Pychic

    I see him pitching stones in a stream soon,

    January 27, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. boered1

    It is a sad thing to watch a party slowly disintegrate from the inside out... and yet for some reason i seem to get so much pleasure from it i guess I now should join the growing crowds of

    idiots

    January 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Gracie

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE TONE DEAF & CLUELESS!!

    January 27, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Rick

    Gracie.........get away from the computer and go back to playing with your crayons.

    January 27, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Christopher, Louisville

    He has some nerve commenting on someone else's memory.

    January 27, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. James

    Bunning...another old-style Republican obstructionist who is going down in 2010. Even McConnell doesn't like him. We need a mandatory retirement age and term limits so that the U.S. Senate will no longer be the World's Most Expensive Taxpayer-Funded Nursing Home. Give someone else a chance to serve.

    January 27, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Lisa in Shelton

    who cares?

    January 27, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Larry Houston TX

    "Bunning suggested McConnell wasn’t being truthful"

    That sounds like : His OWN people are Against him, doesn't it ?

    Of course, Kentucky is mostly Republican, anyway.

    January 27, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Griff

    You have no Chance!... Steal from your Kids... You steal from the Future...

    January 27, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Kyle

    Well this isn't really a symptom of the Republicans disintegrating. Everyone in Kentucky and inside the beltway has been aware of Jim Bunning's decaying mental state for quite some time. He barely won re-election in 2004 and that was a Republican peak year.

    January 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. GrogInOhio

    As a not so wise man once said..., "bring 'em on". It'll be extremely gratifying to see another Republican bite the dust.

    Grog

    January 27, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Tibbs

    McConnell's comments shouldn't be seen as dishonest. It's likely that he was simply deferring any announcement to Bunning. That kind of lash-out at a reasonable, qualified leader does not bode well for Bunning.

    January 27, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. BB

    I think maybe Bunning and McConnell both should look into retirement. They have both outlived their usefulness (and ideas) in our Government. Time's up guys --- see ya'

    January 27, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. hello

    republicans are over, the same people that love rush limbaugh, palin, and fox news support these anti- American people.

    January 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Joyce Becker

    Quit Senator Bunning, don't you get it you are not wanted by your fellow Republicans. I too get pleasure from seeing them disintegrate, I guess it is because they did so much harm to this country while they were in power.

    January 27, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Jorge

    Is he still known as "Buckles" Bunning, particularly in Baltimore?

    January 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Proud American

    LOSERS..........

    January 27, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. colvinatch

    God I hope he runs... Mongiarido will run the table! Bunning won by a razor thin margin last election and is WAY worse shape this time around.

    January 27, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. GODZILLA1

    Ah yes, "buckles " will run again – AND LOSE!

    January 27, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. tea

    I almost feel sorry for them...almost. Sitting here in MN watching Coleman dissolve into desperation is pretty amusing too

    January 27, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. the thought police

    Hes living proof that term limits are needed.Can the truth be posted Peter?

    January 27, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. hdrider69

    77 years old and ANOTHER Bush era Republican hold out. GO HOME. Set the bucket down. Even your own party/Mitchell do NOT want you any where near Washington. What is your problem? Don't you have any hobbies or a life away from work. Can't you take a hint? No one wants you back. . You are NOT wanted; by anyone with common sense, Republican or Democrat. You have become quite useless. Fade away..QUICKLY!

    January 27, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Tim, Ky

    I can't wait to vote against him.

    January 27, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT!

    January 27, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Just shut up

    Bunning stands up against socialism. No wonder the left hates this guy.

    January 27, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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