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Rand Paul Campaigns For Mitch McConnell In Louisville



In his final Louisville campaign stop before Tuesday's election, Sen. Mitch McConnell appeared with his wife Elaine Chao and junior Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at Bowman Field hangar.

McConnell spoke as he enters an election day with hisbiggest leadin the latest Bluegrass Poll since the campaign began. The poll released Friday said that of likely voters, McConnell leads Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore estimated a crowd of 200 supporters gathered at Monday's event in Louisville to hear Paul and McConnell's morning speech.

“Sen. McConnell has been a leader for constitutional limited government, for balanced budgets, for lower taxes, for less regulations, for Kentucky coal, for Kentucky jobs,” said Paul. “Sen. McConnell has been a leader for defending the First Amendment above all others in the Congress.”

McConnell's speech emphasized his potential role in shaping the Senate's agenda. If Senate Republicans gain six seats in tomorrow's elections, a win for McConnell would secure his position as Senate majority leader.

“We have a unique opportunity here with this extraordinary partner of mine in the Senate to be in an enormously influential position, not only for our state but for the country. We could have, for the second time in our history, the majority leader in the Senate setting the agenda for America and taking us in a new direction,” said McConnell.

McConnell also mentioned a new Wall Street Journal and NBC poll that found that 76 percent of Americans feel that the next generation will have fewer opportunities than this one.

“Every generation feels an obligation to leave behind a better America than their parents left behind for them," McConnell said.

"The polls indicate that Americans are not so sure about that anymore, but I'm optimistic that we'll keep the commitment. We have to go in a different direction to keep that commitment, an entirely different direction, but I know we can do it because we always straighten things out here."

McConnell boarded a plane immediately afterward, bound for northern Kentucky. McConnell is scheduled for a total of seven campaign stops on Monday.

Grimes also speaks in Louisville on Monday. At 5:30 p.m., she is scheduled to make an appearance at the Center for African American Heritage.