Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 3, 2012

Democrats engage in 'near spiritual experience' to get out vote



O’Neill was followed by a line of Democratic candidates for the state legislature who one after another accused Republicans of negative attacks and outright lies.

State Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, said Republicans are running ads containing false information about two Fayette County state representative, Ruth Ann Palumbo and Susan Westrom, both of whom are thought to be in tight races against Republican opponents.

“But you can’t lie about our friends,” Stein said, “and we’re going to win.

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall told the crowd he is a life-long Democrat and recalled the contributions of Chandler’s family to Kentucky, invoking the memory of Ben Chandler’s grandfather, former governor and U.S. Senator A.B. “Happy” Chandler.

“It brought tears to my eyes” to hear Happy Chandler sing My Old Kentucky Home, Hall said, and “I can’t say enough good things about Ben Chandler.”

As for Barr, Hall said, “I don’t know this Barr guy and I don’t think you know him.”

Former governor and now state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, told the crowd it isn’t so important for whom they vote for president – a response to Republican efforts to tie all Democratic candidates and especially Chandler to Obama who remains unpopular in Kentucky.

“But we need these local Democrats in the legislature and we need Ben Chandler,” Carroll said or Republicans will continue their assault on the middle class and programs for the elderly and for education.

That set the stage for Chandler, who said Barr and Republicans would support a budget that creates a society of “every man for himself.”

“Now is that the kind of country we want?” Chandler asked the crowd.  He said the Democratic Party “truly believes we are all in this together. This country has been built on a strong and broad middle class.”

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