McConnell continues “find more, use less” pitch on energy

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell repeated what has become almost a mantra for many politicians this campaign season during a speech Thursday in Owensboro – when it comes to energy, find more, and use less.

That message could have been taken straight from the results of a poll conducted Wednesday by the national polling firm Rasmussen Reports that showed 81 percent of likely voters believe there is an urgent need to find new energy and 67 percent see an urgent need to reduce consumption.

The survey of 1,000 voters was conducted by phone on Wednesday and had a margin of error of 3 points.

“The solution is to find more and to use less,” McConnell told the crowd at the RiverPark Center. “There is no one way to get on top of this problem.”

McConnell also took the time to remind Kentucky residents of the money he has directed to the state from his position as Republican leader in the Senate.

He cited a recent magazine article that showed that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was the most effective freshman lawmaker in delivering dollars to his home state with $16 million in the last year.
By comparison, McConnell said he brought in $500 million for Kentucky in the last year, which he said speaks to the clout he has been able to garner while in office.

“There would be a massive loss of influence and clout were you to trade me in for a freshman Democrat,” McConnell said.

Following McConnell’s appearance in Owensboro, his opponent, Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford, struck back at his McConnell with his second television advertisement.

The ad pegs McConnell as “master” of a system that gives “billions in tax breaks” to “Big Oil” and bails out Wall Street while “people lose their homes.” The ad also says “the system” is “how senators get indicted, and Mitch McConnell says nothing” – a reference to recently indicted U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, a Republican, who is accused of not reporting gifts he received from oil companies.

Read more about the Lunsford ad here and here, or take a look on Lunsford’s Web site.

Read more about McConnell’s Rooster Booster speech in Friday’s Messenger-Inquirer.

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