The former GOP Vice-Presidential nomineee was the keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention, and prior to that addressed a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.
It drew several dozen protesters outside the Crown Plaza Hotel, including Cynthia Wedding of Louisville.
“I’m sure the Tea Partiers want to take out Medicare and Social Security. It’s proven effective, it’s working a lot of us couldn’t live without it. Rand Paul doesn’t need it but Kentuckians need it,” she said.
Paul, who faces Democrat Jack Conway in the November election, has said he’s not in favor of eliminating those government programs, but wants to cut waste from the federal budget.
The demonstrations were organized by labor groups and MoveOn.org.
Kentucky AFL/CIO President Bill Londrigan says Palin’s visit is the latest example of out-of-state interests interfering in the Senate race.
“We want to make sure people understand that these large front groups that are putting forth huge amounts of corporate dollars are trying to influence and buy this election—influence the voters and keep their eyes off the key issues,” he said.
A national Republican group and the Crossroads GPS organization have sponsored ads against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. Paul’s fundraiser was closed to the media. Londrigan says he supports Conway in the Senate race.