April 14th, 2010
06:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Bunning endorses Paul in Kentucky Senate race

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Washington (CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul got an endorsement Wednesday from the man he is hoping to replace: Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky.

"I know what it takes to stand up for the conservative principles that are needed to make America a better place for our children and grandchildren," Bunning said in a statement. "Dr. Paul shares those same core values and has the courage and conviction necessary to make sure the voices of Kentucky's workers, families, retirees, and children are heard in Washington."

In a swipe at Paul's Republican primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Bunning said Paul is the only conservative running in Kentucky who will take a principled stand against "the liberals and establishment politicians that run Washington" and "who believes in traditional values and the rights of the unborn."

(The shot at "establishment politicians" could be seen a jab at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his fellow Kentuckian. Bunning and McConnell have a frosty relationship.)

Paul welcomed the endorsement with a nod to Bunning's recent opposition to a bill that extended unemployment insurance. Bunning objected to the legislation because Senate Democrats had not identified spending cuts that would have paid for extending the benefits.

"Senator Bunning's recent stand against deficit spending illustrates his deeply principled conservative leadership," Paul said in a statement. "We need to make sure those same Kentucky values continue on in the United States Senate. I am proud to carry that mantle forward and champion the fight for spending restraint and a return to Constitutional government."

Filed under: 2010 • Jim Bunning • Kentucky • Rand Paul • Trey Grayson
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. No Incumbents 2010

    This is nothing less than a game-changer. For the good of the party, Grayson should stop running his desperate attack ads, drop out and endorse Paul.

    April 14, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    Dr. Paul certainly didn't need the kiss of death endorsement from that idiot Bunning.

    April 14, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Renee

    What core values? I guess lying, cheating, selling off our planet's natural resources to the highest bidder, and declaring war on the poor and middle class by rewarding those who have shipped jobs overseas are the core values he speaks of. Or perhaps, it's entering into a needless war on false pretenses, stealing elections by supreme court decision, denying basic rights to gay citizens and trying to make personal reproductive decisions for women. Maybe core values are inciting hate against your political opponents, trying to deny citizens healthcare, opposing a minimum wage inrcrease, not ratifying the equal rights ammendment. The Republican party has so many core values,(none of which are in accord with mine), it is hard to say.

    April 14, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Linda

    "The rights of the unborn". Hmmm....How can "Rights" be assigned to a thing that does not yet exist? Abortion is a legal right today in America. Deal with it and get over yourselves!

    April 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. marya

    Poor Paul. Sometimes you just can't catch a break.

    April 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    He's Senate minority leader, not majority leader.

    April 14, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. CBR

    Senator Bunning dld not do much when he was in Washington. He did try to stop a lot of legislation. He is the perfect example of Peter's Principle. He is out of his league.

    I trust the people of Kentrucky to make a decision that is right for them without others coming into the state with their own agendas.

    April 14, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    "In a swipe at Paul's Republican primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Bunning said Paul is the only conservative running in Kentucky who will take a principled stand against "the liberals and establishment politicians "

    Ah nuts Bunning, it is strike three and you are out!
    Now if intelligent people can just keep you out.

    April 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. A keen observer

    Who would value an endorsement from Bunning? He is just a big windbag with no substance. Puncture him and all you have is a lot of hot air.

    April 14, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Nita

    Bunning's endorsement should insure a win for Grayson

    April 14, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. ed fl

    Isn't this guy Bunning the same guy who put a hold on unemployment help for the citizens of Kentucky and other less fortunate american citizens. Doesn't sound like a very positive endorsement for someone trying to get elected to help it's citizens.

    April 14, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Rand Paul is a good principled man and it would be great to have someone in the senate with the same integrity and dedication to the constitution and rule of law his father has displayed for so many years. Rand Paul will win in November and hopefully by 2012 the American people will have woken up enough we can elect his father Ron Paul to the office of President of the United States and bring dignity to the office again after decades of puppets that bow down to the central bankers and corporate elite. Lets make government work for we the people again!

    April 14, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Bunning sucks

    Stop being a hypocrite! You kept your mouth shut, eyes closed for the last 20 years and did nothing. Now, you pretent that you do care. What happened to you when Bush and Cheney burned billion of dollars on the wars in Iraq and wasted the American soldiers life? Why not protesting then and now? GO HOME AND SHUT UP.

    April 14, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Indy

    When are they going to get a candidate under 80 ?

    April 14, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. TS37110

    Jim Bunning's endorsement should send Kentucky Republicans scrambling toward the candidate he did NOT endorse–Trey Grayson. Bunning had the opportunity to let his last days as Senator be his best days. But no.....

    April 14, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |