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Political attacks turn personal at Kentucky State Fair

How about some mud-slinging to go with that ham and eggs?  The political attacks are getting personal at the state fair's annual country ham breakfast.

There was plenty of food to be consumed with 5400 eggs and 450 pounds of ham.  But the talk was about comsuming less -- oil that is.

They came for the hog, but only a few wallowed in the mud.  Sen. Jim Bunning spoke first, calling for Americans to lower their dependency on foreign oil and discussing the need to create alternative fuels to help Kentucky farmers.  "I'll continue to fight for more domestic off-shore drilling."

Sen. Mitch McConnell then told the crowd of nearly 1600 the U.S. should invest in nuclear plants and alternative fuels.  "In order to solve this problem we have to do everything.  We have to find more and use less."

His opponent, Bruce Lunsford, was not among the speakers, but the two have been engaged in an exchange of political ads since July -- each side blaming the other for high fuel prices.

Editorials have criticized the ads for speaking down to Kentucky voters and being disingenous, to which McConnell responded, "His ads are certainly disingenuous, mine are not.  I think gas prices are the biggest issue in this country.  We ought to be talking about that -- people expect us to.  The question is are we going to find more and use less."

But Lunsford responded, "I've said this before -- Ray Charles could have seen this coming a long time ago.  And now they've presented the facts to America and we're paying a price for that."

Lunsford told reporters he has had offers from Senator Joe Biden to campaign for him. McConnell's response:  "I invite him to bring any of the national Democrats.  He can bring them all -- Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid."

Lunsford later accused McConnell of being an arm of the Bush administration.  "I think he would like people to forget that he is his soulmate.  As I said, yesterday, it's like the Everly Brothers -- they sing in harmony."

Both McConnell and Lunsford said they could stand alone without the support of prominent politicians.

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