Beshear criticizes Paul at ham breakfast, McConnell calls cap and trade bill 'dead'

08/26/2010 02:25 PM

LOUISVILLE — Speaking during the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair Thursday morning, Gov. Steve Beshear took a moment to attack Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul for comments Paul has made regarding farm subsidies.

Claiming that Paul wants to cut farm programs, Beshear said “anyone who really thinks that doesn’t know much about farming.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke after Beshear, didn’t directly address Beshear’s criticism of Paul, but pushed back a little on the Democratic governor, saying “I thought the governor was going to announce for re-election.”

The two top-ranking officials from their respective parties both took time during their breakfast speeches to lay out some legislative priorities aimed at the agriculture community.

Beshear’s message was overt: “as governor, I will always have your back, the farm community’s back.”

McConnell provided a perspective from the federal level during his comments to the crowd. He said legislation aimed at curtailing greenhouse gasses using a market-based approach — called cap and trade —  is “dead in the United States Senate. It will not pass.”

- Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston


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