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Bruce Lunsford on Principles & Values

Democratic Senate challenger


McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate

Lunsford offered the most biting criticism at the end of the forum, when he used his closing remarks to speak directly to McConnell. He told him that he has used his power to block progress rather than help his constituents. "The last 24 years, you've ha an opportunity to do great things and great things for the country. and I think you've failed," he said.

He also said McConnell has been an enabler for Pres. Bush, whom he called the worst president since Herbert Hoover. "I think in many ways the syste has been better to you than you have been to the system," he said.

McConnell had no chance to respond to those remarks during the program. But he said afterward that Bush's 8-year tenure has produced both good and bad results, declining to specify the latter. He dismissed Lunsford's assertion that he, McConnell, had failed. "That's hardly a credible argument to be made against one of the two leaders in the US Senate," he said. "I think that's an argument that people will just simply laugh at."

Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported in Courier-Journal Aug 21, 2008

Capitol on the Corner: direct local access to governor

Bruce and Greg will travel to all 120 counties in their first term in office to meet with citizens where they live. They will bring the Capitol to rural areas of the state and hold town hall meetings to better understand and solve issues of local concern Too often, people in remote parts feel disconnected from the State Capitol and out of the loop from the decision-making process. Through the Capitol on the Corner program, local citizens will have direct access to the governor, lieutenant governor, top state leaders, cabinet heads and legislative leaders. Bruce and Greg want to hear directly from citizens, and want to be accountable to them. Instead of sitting in an office in the State Capitol, Bruce and Greg will bring the capitol to every corner of the state.
Source: Gubernatorial campaign website, www.lunsfordstumbo2007.com Nov 1, 2007

One Kentucky Plan: Leave No Region Behind

Bruce and Greg have a four-point plan called One Kentucky to bridge the economic and infrastructure gap between regions and ensure that no region and no citizen is left behind.
  1. Capitol on the Corner: to meet with citizens where they live.
  2. Invest in Infrastructure. Quality infrastructure is necessary for Kentucky to succeed in the 21st century.
  3. Strengthen rural education. Rural schools, from pre-Kindergarten to college, have barriers that schools in urban areas do not face. Bruce and Greg will expand distance learning and other innovative educational opportunities so that students can learn without leaving their communities. Bruce and Greg will develop and expand four-year learning opportunities in Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky.
  4. Expand economic capacity. Kentucky's rural areas have great economic potential. We will open economic development offices to dedicate immediate attention and resources to growing the economy in Western and Eastern Kentucky.
Source: Gubernatorial campaign website, www.lunsfordstumbo2007.com Nov 1, 2007

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