January 27th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
4 years 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. Enough Said!!!!

    The Repubs ..Bash Dems,Bash each other .......Bash America
    Here is a Bash There is a Bash now Bash the Hell out of HERE!!!

    January 27, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Linda K.

    McConnell should not have been re-elected. Next time, Kentucky voters will do with Bunning what we should have done with good ol' Mitch.

    January 27, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. chippyarm

    Jim Bunning should be out of office. It was a disgrace what he did regarding aid to Detroit, and people who helped pay his salary while he played for the Tigers.

    January 27, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    I think its kind of sad when people who embraced Obama's mantra of change and hope practice the very things that they say they hate: intolerance, closed-mindedness, and hate itself. I agree that the GOP has lost its way and is falling apart. This makes me sad as a Republican. However, these kinds of comments only serve to divide the country even more than it already is, which i find quite hypocritical given most Obama supporters reasons for supporting him. We HAVE to start finding common ground and STOP demonizing the other side. NOTHING is going to get done if we don't. GROW UP PEOPLE!!!!

    January 27, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Big Al

    Five comments to this article – all from the uninformed left. CNN, your censorship is so obvious that Ray Charles could heve seen it. Call yourself a news outlet?

    January 27, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Ernie in LA

    Another old fart that needs to retire.

    January 27, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    Interesting for him to call out McConnell who is only the minority leader.
    Wonder what that means. Will the Republicans run someone against him in the primary? Will they withold resources in the general election?
    Kentucky turning blue?

    January 27, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Another old Republican and obstructionist.

    January 27, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Michael

    Sen Bunning well represents the Republican philosophy, he is experience and knows Kentucky. He should be allowed to run and continue serving the people of his state.

    January 27, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Tim in Kentucky

    Bunning can say what he wants, but no one is going to contribute to his campaign and he will have at least one strong primary opponent, so he will not be re-elected. He's done a good job as Senator, but it's time for him to move on.

    January 27, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Simmy

    He's probably leaning towards agreeing with Pres. Obama. The majority of Republicans don't want unity. Their actions today is evidence.

    January 27, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Cynthia - Arkansas

    The Repulicans offer no ideas, just obstruction. Their "party God loves" quit working, even though they preached "vote Republican" from the pulpits. People are sick of the likes of Rush, Ann Coulter, O'Reilley. Beating the war drum quit working. Terrorist are going to get you quit working.

    Go ahead and run. And good luck to you on that!

    January 27, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Eloise

    You people are ignorant about Republicans... only spouting hate from what the liberal media says about them. People call those who follow Republican idiots... seems to me the Dems are the ones who are followers. Hmmm? So who's the sap?

    January 27, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. California Gold

    These old Republicans sure have a lot of anger issues.

    January 27, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Let me add my two conservative sense here. Sen Bunning and everybody else, do your jobs TODAY! Stop focusing in on re-election! You do well you will get re-elected. if you do poorly, please don't think we want you for another 6, 2 , or 4 years!

    January 27, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Moderate Democrat

    Please run, Senator. We need to reach 60 votes, and your running will help. Thank you.

    January 27, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. EVOLVE


    January 27, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Skyview


    January 27, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    Goody, we get a front row seat as the repubs chew up each other!

    January 27, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Rex

    To Hello -

    As one of those anti-American republicans you're talking about who also served this country in a couple different wars, I sure hope the people you recently elected are smarter than you.


    January 27, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Central Scruitinizer

    wow a repub saying a repub isnt being truthful. This is change I can believe in

    January 27, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Meka


    January 27, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. listen

    how can the bush administration live with their selves after what they have done to our country, just look at the people that are killing them selves and taking their families with them, and the republicans wonder why we are done with them.

    January 27, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Greg Hodges

    Is it my imagination; or do the Republicans seem to be in a complete state of disarray these days. They are going to need every single day for the next 4 years to rebuild their party into anything CLOSE to the national movement Barack O bama has created. Good luck; you`re going to need it!

    January 27, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Jon Davis

    Bunning is barely coherent. Looks like he's set on doing the Ted Steven exit.

    January 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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