Conway And Paul Debate, Trade Jabs At Senate Forum

by Gabe Bullard on July 8, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul shared a stage Thursday for the first time since the May primary, and each candidate accused the other of being too extreme.

The candidates met at a conference of the County Judge-Executives, Magistrates and Commissioners, a group of a lawmakers who Conway says often rely on federal spending for county projects. The Democrat criticized Paul for being too aggressive in his calls for reduced federal spending. Conway also brought up the controversial statements Paul made on cable news after the primary.

“Accountability is not going on national TV and saying it’s un-American to go after British Petroleum,” said Conway. “Accountability is not having a worldview where you think government should basically never touch business whatsoever.”

Paul, who says he is a social conservative as well as a fiscal conservative, criticized Conway for being too close to the national Democratic Party on social and economic issues. , including the so-called Cap and Trade energy legislation.

“President Obama favors it. Congressman Yarmuth favors it. Ben Chandler favors it. And Jack favors it,” said Paul. “Cap and Trade will be a disaster for our state.”

Conway responded that Paul is mischaracterizing his position.

“I oppose Cap and Trade,” he said. “I will oppose Cap and Trade as Kentucky’s next United States Senator.”

One of Paul’s chief claims was that he would work to reduce federal spending by requiring the government to operate on a balanced budget.

“If I’m elected, I will force that issue,” he said. “I will force a vote on the balanced budget amendment and I will, if necessary, filibuster to be heard on the issue.”

Afterwards, Paul said money may have to be cut from all areas of the government, including the military, for a balanced budget.

To hear the full debate, click below:

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spinnikerca July 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Conway lies again. Rand never said it was unAmerican to hold BP responsible, he said he wants BP to pay every penny. He said demonizing business before the facts were in, saying they were going to keep their bootheel on its neck was UnAmerican. Obama himself said that language was ‘unnecessary’ when asked about it.

Truepatriot July 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Rand Paul is not only the once chance for Kentucky, but he might be The United States last hope.

Adrock July 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Conway is way too Liberal for the state of Kentucky. He is for Cap and Trade, just not for the plan in Washington right now. As Attorney General he will not join dozens of other states in lawsuits against Obamacare. He is ProAbortion. Now he is trying to use the same doublespeak Obama did to try and get elected. No wonder Mongiardo hasn’t endorsed him. We do not need another rubber stamp in Washington. We need Rand Paul!

navin johnson July 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

It is quite understandable the popularity of Rand Paul that we are currently seeing. My only difficulty is that he never articulates effective solutions. Identifying with a man’s positions is great. We all want to elect someone who emulates our values. However, if those positions do translate into effective action, then what is the point. I recommend to everyone to review this debate one more time. Whether you agree with Conway or not, he is the only one suggesting actual solutions. Again, it is not to say that Rand Paul does not advocate change. He does. He just doesn’t offer anything remotely substantive.

This is not a Rand Paul bash nor a promotion for Conway. I only ask that you demand real solutions from your politicians and don’t accept cheap rhetoric as a down payment for change.

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