Both parties see bailout vote as issue in Kentucky campaign

Lexington Herald LeaderOctober 8, 2008 

In a rare example of bipartisan hay-making in the heat of an election, Democratic and Republican challengers launched commercials Tuesday hammering their respective opponent's support for last week's $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill.

One ad, from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford, claims the nation "got into this mess" that led to the historic bailout because of "career politicians like Mitch McConnell." McConnell, the Republican Senate leader from Louisville, is seeking his fifth term in Washington.

The other ad came from former Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, who is trying to win back the 3rd Congressional District seat in Louisville from Democratic freshman U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. Yarmuth voted against an early draft of the bailout bill before supporting the version that passed Friday.

"You're probably going to have some really confused voters in the Louisville area," said Stephen Voss, associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, in pointing out the novelty of having challengers of different parties seize on the same issue to criticize their opponents.

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