Magazine article Politics Magazine

Kentucky

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Kentucky

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THE SAGA OF the 2010 Senate race took yet another turn when Jim Bunning, whose reelection prospects have been questioned by Republicans, Democrats and apparently by Bunning himself, vowed to run again next year.

Speaking to state Republicans at their annual Lincoln Day Dinner, the two-term Republican senator said, "I hope and pray I can count on your support in the coming months, but I am prepared to fight for my values."

Bunning's speech is the latest in a string of sometimes baffling and often bizarre developments. In late February, Senate Republicans were openly urging the 77-year-old Bunning not to seek reelection. Around that time Bunning said that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, had only nine months to live. He later apologized for the remarks.

Then there are Bunning's questionable political moves. He threatened to sue the National Republican Senatorial Committee if it recruited a primary challenger to run against him after committee officials met with Kentucky Senate President David Williams. …

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