Grayson says Washington ‘broken’

“Washington is broken,” Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson told the Daviess County Republican Women’s Club on Tuesday. “Republicans played a role in breaking it because we didn’t stay true to our  principles.”

But Grayson, a candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, told the gathering at the Campbell Club that Republicans have the best plan for reducing the deficit and getting America back on track.

Asked about the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Rand Paul, his rival for the GOP nomination, Grayson said, “Anybody getting involved in the political process is helpful.”

But he said he encourages Tea Party supporters to stay within the Republican Party and not form a third party. That, Grayson said, could lead to Democratic victories.

On Palin, he said he doesn’t know why she endorsed Paul.

“I’ve never met her,” Grayson said. “But my views are her views. I think her staff let her down. But she hasn’t campaigned here yet.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Grayson.

For more coverage of Grayson’s speech, see Wednesday’s Messenger-Inquirer.

Sarah Palin, RNC Chair Michael Steele to attend Evansville Right to Life banquet

Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be attending the Vanderburgh County Right to Life Banquet next month. 

Palin will share the stage with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who took the helm of the party earlier this year. 

The April 16 banquet at The Centre in downtown Evansville is already sold out, but will be simulcast in the auditorium at The Centre.

Vanderburgh County Right to Life is now selling $16 tickets to watch the banquet in the auditorium, and left open the possibility that those watching the simulcast might get a visit from Palin. 

From the group’s site – 

There are 2500 seats available.  We are planning to ask Gov. Palin to make a personal appearance to the people in the Auditorium after she finishes in the banquet hall, however no guarantees to this can be made at this time.

Biden to campaign in “Evansville area” Saturday

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden will be campaigning in the “Evansville area” on Saturday, though the times and exact locations haven’t been released.

The Associated Press and the Evansville Courier-Press cite the Barack Obama campaign as its source for the news of the visit, which was announced Tuesday night.

No word on whether Owensboro might also be on his itinerary. Biden’s sister-in-law, Sara Jones Biden, is from Owensboro and Biden made a stop in the city in 2006 to headline the Wendell H. Ford Democratic Picnic.

Biden’s not the only one on a presidential ticket coming to the area. Biden’s counterpart – Republican Sarah Palin – is in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., tonight for campaign stops.

Update…

Mark Hebert with WHAS-TV has a piece today from Palin’s visit to Louisville and southern Indiana yesterday. Check it out.