UPDATED AT 12:59 P.M.
By Jack Brammer – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT – Former President Bill Clinton, whom a recent national poll said is the most popular politician in America, is scheduled to come to Kentucky on Monday to campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway.
Clinton’s close friend, Lexington businessman Jerry Lundergan, confirmed Wednesday the scheduled visit.
Lundergan said the location of Clinton’s visit has not yet been finalized.
Clinton’s appearance in the state would be designed to help offset an enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans. Polls have consistently shown that Republicans say they’re more likely to vote in the Nov. 2 election than Democrats.
Polls have shown Conway, the state’s attorney general, generally trailing Republican Rand Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon who is making his first bid for public office, although some recent surveys have shown the race in a statistical dead heat.
As of mid-September, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state 1,627,673 to 1,064,962. A total of 192,798 Kentuckians were registered as independents or with other parties.
Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said in an e-mail, “Jack Conway is welcome to bring in all of the out-state liberals he wants. We hope he has (U.S. Rep.) Charlie Rangel campaign for him again like he did in 2002. And of course, our offer to pay for President Obama’s plane ticket still stands.”
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed Clinton as the most popular politician in the country.
Fifty-five percent of those polled held a positive view of Clinton, while only 23 percent had a negative view, the best ratio of any of the politicians or political parties polled.
Several popular national Republicans have appeared in Kentucky on behalf of Paul’s campaign, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Paul and Conway are scheduled to participate in a debate Monday night in Covington for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.