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Paul predicts GOP wins on Election Day

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By Kenny Colston

Kentucky’s junior senator is predicting victory for his political party, not only in his home state, but also across the U.S. on Election Day.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said President Barack Obama is weighing down Democrats across the country, thanks to his unpopular policies. And that is especially true in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, according to Paul.

“I think it’s hard for Kentucky voters to vote for Mrs. Grimes since she is a supporter of President Obama,” Paul said. “It’s hard to imagine, since her first vote would be for Harry Reid, and that her support for Obama would sit well with voters.”

Grimes, of course, has not publicly said if she supports Obama or not, repeatedly declining to say whether she voted for him in 2008 or 2012. She has also said she doesn’t support all of the president’s policies, most notably on energy and coal.

In a statement, Grimes’ spokeswoman, Charly Norton, said Paul’s claims are off-base.

“There is no doubt that Alison Lundergan Grimes is the pro-coal miner candidate in this race, having been proudly endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America,” Norton said. “Alison has traveled the state to outline her comprehensive plans to protect Kentucky’s coal industry, invest in clean-coal technology, support our miners’ health, and improve mine safety. In the U.S. Senate, Alison will ensure coal is included in America’s energy portfolio, and will fight to reverse the more than 25,000 coal jobs that have been lost on Mitch McConnell’s watch. “

Norton also noted the support of West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a strong coal supporter, for Grimes.

But Paul said Grimes’ loyalties are with Reid, who doesn’t support deregulation of the coal industry and Obama, since she was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“It’s really hard for her to win in this state,” Paul said.

Norton, of course, pushed back on that notion as well.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes is an independent problem-solver who will put partisanship aside and put the people of Kentucky first,” she said.

Polling has shown the race between McConnell and Grimes as close, with the latest Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll showing McConnell with a narrow lead.

In addition to appearing with McConnell, and endorsing his re-election, Paul has traveled to many other states with close U.S. Senate elections. The GOP is hoping to pick up six seats to gain control of the U.S. Senate.

Paul has recently traveled to Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia to appear with U.S. Senate candidates, as well as Kansas to appear with both U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates there.

Having traveled to so many different states to campaign, Paul said he’s confident Republicans would control the Senate in 2015.

“The wind is at our back,” Paul said of his party’s chances. “Overall the election will be a referendum on President Obama’s policies. And I think people are upset with them.”

Paul cited the president’s promise of families being able to keep their health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act and the rising of premiums this year as well.

As for his travels, it’s no secret Paul is considering running for president in two years, although he maintains a decision on doing so won’t be made until Spring 2015.

Paul said candidates in those battleground states are often requesting his appearance, because his message appeals to a broader swing of voters. And that presidential politics aren’t necessarily at play.

“The issues I talk about attract swing voters and independents,” Paul said. “And we’ve said we want to promote a national message for the Republican Party.

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