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Ashley Judd doesn't rule out run for US Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd isn't ruling out a run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

The former Kentuckian is an active supporter of Tennessee Democrats. She said in a statement Friday that she's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, but she sidestepped the question of whether she would get into the race.

"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," she said.

Judd lives in Tennessee and would have to re-establish a residence in Kentucky before she could challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid.

No Democrats have stepped forward to challenge McConnell, a political powerhouse who already has $6.8 million in the bank for his re-election.

In 2008, McConnell won re-election to a fifth term and became Kentucky's longest serving senator. McConnell spent some $20 million on his last election, beating Democrat Bruce Lunsford, a wealthy Kentucky businessman, by 6 percentage points.

"Sen. McConnell and his wife are big fans of Ashley Judd's movies and appreciate her energy, especially when it comes to bringing young people into the political process," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. He held his criticism for those who are pushing her candidacy.

Judd is a regular at University of Kentucky basketball games and the Kentucky Derby and has starred in such movies as "Kiss the Girls," ''Double Jeopardy," ''Where the Heart Is," and "High Crimes." She is married to three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and is an annual spectator at the race.

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Nov 10, 2012 7:29AM
Theses politicians need to find a better use for their money, instead of saving it to spend on hateful political ads! If they really want to show they are worthy of "another" term, they need to step up walk the walk and show they are really for the people! Not use the money to buy the election with the loudest negative ads!
Nov 10, 2012 6:02AM
Not uneducated because she has a degree in French from the University of Kentucky.  But boy, does she and the rest of her family have some emotional issues which are well documented in the press.
Nov 10, 2012 7:46AM
We call all see by the voting below why we are in trouble as a country. People that are "pretty" with moral values of a snake are elected to high office. I suppose its because the people voting have the same moral values... With the debt at 16 trillion dollars are counting... we are in big serious trouble.
Nov 11, 2012 6:07PM
If this does not working out she can always go back to acting
Nov 11, 2012 9:20AM
Anyone should be able to run for public office. There should be term limits for all public office.
two four year terms maximum. If the people are dumb enough to re-elect someone who is not good for the country. fine, We deserve to get what we asked for

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