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Rand Paul Discusses 2012 Aspirations, Libya, Budget

Senator Rand Paul says he wants the Tea Party to be represented in the 2012 election and will do whatever is necessary to ensure that.

Paul told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday he is considering a run for the presidency in 2012, but will not run against his father.

“I think the primary and elections are about who can articulate the message best and that’s sort of what we had a primary here in Kentucky about and that there will be a primary nationally about” he said. “I just want to be part of that, whether it’s actually as a candidate or just trying to help decide who the candidate is; I just don’t know that yet.”

The freshman Senator’s speech focused mostly on his plans to cut debt and gradually increase the age to receive Social Security benefits.

Paul then added that the Tea Party will exist for as long as the national debt remains a prominent issue in politics.

“I think the tea party sticks around as long as the debt is a real problem, and as long as the debt is perceived as being the number one problem,” he says “I think the tea party sticks around.”

The senator spoke briefly about the conflict in Libya and criticized the president for not involving congress more heavily in the decisions to enforce a no-fly zone over the country.

Paul says there won’t likely be a government shutdown due to budget disagreements in Washington. He says there are other alternatives to a shut down besides raising the debt ceiling. One measure he supports is paying debt interest with new revenue.

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Audio: Lally, Yarmuth Face Off In Rotary Debate

By Sheila Ash

The two major party candidates for Kentucky’s Third District congressional seat squared off Thursday at the weekly Downtown Rotary Club meeting.

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth and Republican challenger Todd Lally discussed several issues, including jobs, the economy and the Ohio River Bridges Project.

In his closing remarks, Lally said Yarmuth should be denied a third term in Washington.

“I don’t think that John represents our community as a whole, he does represent some people here very well in the third district, but it’s time for a change,” he said.

Yarmuth defended his work in office.

“Over the last four years I have been to two thousand events and meetings in Louisville and that’s with spending half my time in Washington. What I do when I go to these meetings is I listen to my constituents,” he said.

This was the last meeting between the two candidates before the November 2 election.

To hear the entire debate, click on the player below:

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(In photo, from left, Rotary President Henry Heuser, Congressman John Yarmuth, Todd Lally, and debate moderator Judge William Knopf)