Chandler talks funding for agents and drug tracking system and why he'll only debate once

10/03/2012 05:41 PM

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler said he would consider a tax on pharmaceutical companies as a way to pay for a national prescription pill tracking system aimed at cracking down on pain pill abuse.

In one part of an extended interview on Wednesday’s Pure Politics, Chandler talked about the need for more federal agents and the drug tracking system (0:10-3:10).

Chandler, who is running for re-election, faces Republican Andy Barr in a rematch from 2010 and Randolph Vance, a convenience store worker who was a write-in candidate in 2010, also is running as an independent candidate.

The candidates are slated to appear on KET’s Kentucky Tonight on Oct. 29 — as perhaps their only joint televised appearance of the election. Chandler explained why he doesn’t plan to do any more debates and why that’s different from when he ran for governor in 2003 and wanted to debate his then-opponent, Republican Ernie Fletcher, on a joint bus tour across the state. (At that time, Chandler talked of Augustus Stanely and Edwin Morrow, who famously campaigned against each other at joint town-hall meetings in the 1915 governor’s race.) He addresses what changed starting at 3:30 of the video:

In an online extra, here’s the rest of the discussion with Chandler about whether he could agree to more debates if the candidates renounce ads from outside groups.

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