March 3rd, 2010
01:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Kentucky Senate candidate takes to TV, slams Bunning

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Jack Conway released his first television ad Wednesday."](CNN) - Jack Conway, a Democrat vying for the seat of retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, took aim at the two-term Senator Wednesday in his first television ad.

"Jim Bunning used to be a great pitcher – now he's throwing high and wild, hitting working families where it hurts, stopping unemployment benefits in a recession," Conway says in the ad. "And Rand Paul and Trey Grayson, they are shamefully cheering him on."

Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, is in a race against Kentucky's Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, are battling for the Republican nomination.

Sen. Jim Bunning, has been the recipient of criticism from both sides of the aisle over his three-day stalling of legislation to extend unemployment benefits. Bunning lifted his block Tuesday night, allowing the legislation to be approved by the Senate.

Filed under: 2010 • Jack Conway • Jim Bunning • Kentucky
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Preston kk

    Preston kathy bunning andthe gop do not care if you are home less unless you have money to help the repubs

    March 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Joe

    I'm disgusted that Jim Bunning has now spent 12 years occupying a Senate seat that was previously held by Wendell Ford. Senator Ford knew when the needs of the people needed to be put before the political ideology that so plagues DC. Unfortunately, Bunning is the rule ... not the exception. Kentucky has the chance to start again with a new Senator (thankfully, now that Bunning has seen the handwriting on the wall and decided not to run for re-election). Jack Conway is young, smart, and he brings people together. In a sense, he is a pragmatic progressive. A breath of fresh air compared to the shrill politics we've seen out of Bunning and others.

    March 3, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Conway was on Hardball with Mattthews last night, and he was impressive. He would represent Kentuckians well.

    March 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. brett

    Jack, trust me. you will NOT win for this seat.

    March 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Flo

    Impeach or recall Bunning ... whatever it takes to make KY and Congress decent again!

    March 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Donnie

    I lost my job, and I was grateful for the unemployment benefits I received, but Senator Bunning is absolutely right. Our government does not need to be paying for stuff it can't afford. If it wants to spend, it needs to make cuts elsewhere to make room for the spending. I wish politicians really operated like Kevin Kline's character in the movie "Dave." Nobody ever thinks about where the money is going to come from. All they think about is getting re-elected, and promising extended unemployment benefits is sure to garner a lot of votes. It doesn't matter how irresponsible such a measure is, so long as it gets them votes. There's a reason Rand Paul would be cheering him on. It's because he, just like his father, understands that you shouldn't be spending money you don't have.

    March 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I heard this guy Conway speak on Chris Matthew's show yesterday and he seems to know a thing or two about what the middle class is going through. He also had a plan on how to save the government $330 billion dollars immediately. I like a guy who has a plan.

    March 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. John Stewart

    One wonders whether people denied unemployment might not be able to make a mortgage payment and then lose their home. I don't believe Senator Bunning thought out the ramifications to his actions.

    Judge John R. Stewart

    March 3, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. n8whit

    Another Democrat trying to buy his way into office with borrowed taxpayer money from China. Just like Obama, spreading that wealth (we do not have) around.

    March 3, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |