Palin will campaign for Paul Thursday in Louisville

FRANKFORT — Former Alaska governor and national conservative leader Sarah Palin will campaign for Republican Rand Paul for U.S. Senate on Thursday in Louisville.

A news release from the Paul campaign said Palin will appear as a special guest at the Rand Paul Victory Kentucky lunchtime fund-raiser at Louisville's Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The news release did not provide details about tickets, and calls and e-mails to the campaign were not returned.

Palin already was scheduled to be in Louisville on Thursday to give the keynote speech at the National Quartet Convention in Freedom Hall.

Palin endorsed Paul in May's Republican primary election and contributed $2,000 to his campaign. At the time, Palin said she was "proud to support great grass-roots candidates like Dr. Paul."

She said they differ on some issues, but "he and I are both in agreement that it's time to shake up the status quo in Washington and stand up for commonsense ideas."

Palin dubbed herself a "maverick" and Washington outsider when she was Arizona Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, is the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and has leveraged support among backers of his father's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign and the Tea Party movement.

He faces Democrat Jack Conway, the state's attorney general, in the Nov. 2 general election.

"Palin and Paul are two peas in a pod — neither of them understands Kentucky," said Conway campaign spokesman John Collins. "Kentucky voters have to ask themselves — how can Rand Paul represent us when he has to learn about Kentucky from Sarah Palin?"