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Poll: Hillary Clinton could win Kentucky in 2016 White House bid, even against Sen. Rand Paul

From: Courier-Journal

Poll: Hillary Clinton could win Kentucky in 2016 White House bid, even against Sen. Rand PaulWASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton has not yet decided what she will do after leaving her post as secretary of state early next year, but the Democrat’s political prospects in a state that has favored Republicans look bright.

Clinton could carry Kentucky in the 2016 presidential election, according to the latest poll by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, N.C.

Forty-eight percent of Kentuckians surveyed had a favorable view of the former first lady, while 42 percent had an unfavorable view, PPP found. By contrast, President Barack Obama is viewed favorably by only 38 percent of Kentucky votes, while 59 percent view him unfavorably.

Read more: Poll: Hillary Clinton could win Kentucky in 2016 White House bid, even against Sen. Rand Paul

Poll: The most unpopular senator


Mitch McConnell: The most unpopular senatorSen. Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular senator in the nation.

The Republican lawmaker faces a 55 percent disapproval rating, while just 37 percent of Kentucky voters approve of him, according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday.

PPP says that McConnell now has the worst favorable/unfavorable numbers of any senator, snatching the dubious title from Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

Among Republicans, McConnell — now in his fifth term — has a 59 percent approval rating, with 28 percent disapproving of the Senate minority leader. Among independents, he’s got a 33 percent approval rating, 58 percent disapproval. And among Democrats, 23 percent approve and 73 percent disapprove.

Read more: Poll: The most unpopular senator

Can Obama, McConnell overcome bad blood?

Can Obama, McConnell overcome bad blood?From: Politico

Shortly before Thanksgiving, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a blunt message in a private phone call to President Barack Obama: You won only four out of 120 Kentucky counties and lost many senators' home states.

McConnell was trying to pointedly warn Obama that mounting a public relations campaign to avert the fiscal cliff could backfire, according to sources familiar with the call.

It was a moment that exemplified the frosty relationship between two of the most important men in Washington. They've rarely met or spoken privately since Obama moved into the Oval Office four years ago. Obama and his team view McConnell as a cold political operator whose main goal has been to see Obama's defeat -- McConnell famously said two years ago that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." McConnell believes Obama has shown virtually no interest in bipartisan negotiating or even reaching out to Republicans at all -- and refuses to lead on difficult policy disputes.

Now, as Washington lurches towards an economy-shaking budget crisis, the adversarial relationship between the president and the top Republican in the Senate looms over serious deal making on the fiscal cliff. For any tax and spending package to get 60 votes in the Senate, McConnell and Obama will have to agree on something -- and so far, it's not clear if there's anything that the two men can settle on.

Read more: Can Obama, McConnell overcome bad blood?

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