Editor's note - The following is a response by Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, to the Advocate's endorsement of Jim Bunning, the Republican candidate.
Over the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting thousands of Kentuckians as I have crisscrossed the state. As I listened to the stories of people I met, I was struck by how many fellow Kentuckians shared my feeling that we need a new direction for our commonwealth.
Our middle-class families are struggling. Good jobs are being shipped overseas at a record pace, and the few that have been replaced are paying thousands less and with no benefits. While our paychecks have been shrinking, we are paying more than ever for healthcare, prescription drugs, gas, and college tuition.
Jim Bunning has had his chance, and he has not gotten the job done for us. I know we can and must do better.