January 27th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Bunning defiantly promises to seek re-election in 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/27/art.bunning.gi.jpg caption="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. dawhite

    These old fools get entrenched and just keep getting in the way. I don't think it says a lot for a democratic Republic to keep voting these doddering old men into office time after time.

    January 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Colin the Salesman

    If the Republicans were salivating at the mid-term elections, they have been handed several towels by their retiring senators, wiping the drool from their mouths. If the Dems just hold thir seats and pick off Florida and Kentucky, the Republicans are done. They may as well concede the White house if they lose their filibuster ability. The Republicans have no new ideas, and they have a weak bench. Does anyone with any objectivity really picture Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin in the White House?

    January 27, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Carl Justus

    Bunning is like McCain, his mind is getting clogged and it is time to say goodby and go home, get a cane and relax.

    We have enough old white men in the congress now that have lost all good sense of thinking and working in today's world instead of being there to fill the pockets of those who financed their campaigns and to heck with the rest of the country.

    January 27, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. David of West Virginiia

    One can only hope that the Doctor running against Bunning wins the Senate seat in 2010. Bunning is another Republican Idiot.

    January 27, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Gracie

    Oh gee, here we go again. Another Republican who ignores the voice of the American people yet again. Republicans just aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. It's obvious lessons have NOT been learned.

    January 27, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Move On!

    Divide and Conquer; the first step toward the republican partys self induced, implosion! I'm glad President Abraham Lincolin is not alive to see the party he founded almost 150 years ago has reduced itself to nothing but a group self serving, arrogant, pompous, thugs.

    January 27, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. The Jellyman


    January 27, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Obama 2.0

    Bunning save yr money, Republicans are going to loos big time, especialy if they don't do like the president and pick up shovels and dig us out of this $h*+

    January 27, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Shan

    Quote: 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.


    If you want them to disintegrate, then why on earth would you want him to quit because THEY want him to? Wouldn't it be more intelligent to suggest he stay in so they can continue to implode? Your statement is confusing.

    January 27, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. jeb

    these repulicans have loaded up their treasure chest for the next 20 yrs. they have did it though the crooked dealing w/ wall street, and them fake banking institutions, funneled money through saudi arabi and now getting around it with a tax holiday with the money they are going to channel it back to the US . a tax holiday for the overseas stash, which they are going to bring that hidden money back to the US. you can't make this crap up. plus and tax break on the loot.

    January 27, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Simmy, I don't want unity either. If both parties agree all the time, we essentially have one party rule. Debate and disagreement is the essence of democracy. Also, where were the cries for unity from Democrats when President Bush was in office?

    January 27, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. bill for barack

    Did the man take one too many beanballs ?

    January 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Larry Houston TX

    The "Tax Cuts" that all the Republicans are wanting in that 825 Billion stimulis are as follows : Tax Cuts for the Corporations / Huge Businesses / & so on... (not the people that are drawing paychecks week after week)

    January 27, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. bankrupt USA

    Bunning is an idiot. Even McConnell can't stand him. We need to have term limits to stop sleazebags like Bunning, Byrd and Kennedy from turning the Senate into the World's Most Expensive Nursing Home.

    January 27, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. No Republican

    C'mon Kentucky dems - run this guy outta office. Yes you can!

    January 27, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Dennis

    To Larry Houston TX-Tax cuts for corporations and "huge businesses" are just what's needed for economic recovery. Our corporate tax rate of 38% is the 2nd highest in the world. Even Sweden's rate is lower. We need to cut corporate tax rates so that US businesses stay competitive and can grow and create jobs here in the US. Huge increases in Federal spending are a recipe for disaster. Remember, businesses are for more efficient at creating jobs than the government. We need to bring back capitalism and halt our lunge toward Socialism.

    January 27, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Simmy


    Actually, Bush kept the Dems. at arm's length because he felt he didn't need their input. Unity is essential at specific times. This is one of those times.True the S-Pack might not make an immediate impact, but it's better than doing nothing. And by the way, where were Boehner(excuse spelling), Cantor, Luger and the rest when Bush was taking the economy to hades? I didn't hear a murmur from them until President Obama took office. Now they keep singing like canaries.

    January 27, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. dave

    Great pitcher but I don't care to much for his politics.

    January 27, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    More proof the GOP is basically the old guys club, except for the likes of mooseburger Palin and her new PAC, MoosePAC. Comics everywhere will have tremendous fun with that....Comedy GOLD.

    Well these things will help shrink the GOP even further!!!

    January 27, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Darren D. Johnson

    Sen Bunning, Bush is at the ranch, Sen Bunning the Phillies need a ball boy!

    January 28, 2009 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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