Paul, Conway investing time in west Kentucky

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PADUCAH - With election day just 19 days away, Rand Paul and Jack Conway know every handshake and every chat could mean a vote.

So, that is exactly how Kentucky's Republican and Democatic candidates for U.S. Senate spent Thursday.

"It's a dead heat, we got it back yesterday, it's a dead heat, " Conway said of the latest polls.

With an estimated one in three Democratic voters leaning toward his Republican opponent, Conway made a push for west Kentucky Republicans.

"I've disagreed with the president on a number of issues and I will not hesitate to stand up to him or the Democratic party if that's what's in the best interests of the state," Conway said.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who accompanied Rand Paul to the area, said Conway does not deserve the chance. In Mayfield, he urged west Kentuckians to vote Republican.

"I need a bigger army," McConnell said. "It's just too small to have the kind of checks on this adminstration it really needs."

Paul said he believes he is attracting voters because that is just what he plans to do.

"I think people are looking for someone to come in from the outside and honestly look at the problems and look for a way to fix them."

Contiuning on his tour through West Kentucky, Paul next traveled to Bardwell.

He told the crowd, "I think the President is wrong on every issue."

He joked he had bought the President a plane ticket, "Barack Obama, come on down to Kentucky."

He said the President doesn't get Kentucky but he does, "You don't win Carlisle County, you don't win west Kentucky, if you don't come here."

That is one thing Jack Conway agrees with.

"I've tried to reach out to West Kentucky and I hope they reach out to me and help us Nov. 2."

Jack Conway spent much of the day in Elizabethtown and will spend Thursday and Friday in west Kentucky.

In the two weeks prior to the election, he said he will rent a bus and tour the state with several planned stops in the area.

Rand Paul's camp meanwhile said he will "absolutely" be back to the area.

For those of you in west Kentucky, what are the most important issues to you this election season?  In your opinion, which of the two candidates speaks to those issues best?  Leave your comments below.

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