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Mon September 3, 2012
No Kentuckians to speak at Democratic National Convention
Unlike their GOP counterparts, zero Kentucky officials will take the main stage to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Last week, Republicans heard from three Kentuckians at their convention: Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and congressional candidate Andy Barr. University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton says Republicans extended their arms to Kentucky speakers, most notably Paul, to bolster up Mitt Romney’s support with the tea party crowd. Clayton says Democrats don’t need Kentucky officials to speak because they know President Barack Obama won’t win that state in his re-election effort. Instead, Clayton says Democrats are inviting a lot of minorities and women to speak to contrast their party’s makeup with Republicans.