Conway talks Paul, immigration, party unity; Paul faces copyright question

06/03/2010 08:21 AM

Jack Conway, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and Kentucky’s attorney general, told reporters Wednesday that his Republican opponent, Rand Paul “didn’t seem to understand real well” the U.S. Constitution.

Paul has billed himself as a constitutionalist. But Conway took the jab at Paul for his comments about babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants should not considered citizens. He made the comments to a Russian television station, which were first reported in Kentucky last week by the Associated Press’s Roger Alford.

Here’s the video of Conway:

(David Adams, Paul’s campaign chairman, said Wednesday night the Russian reporter came to Bowling Green for the May 18 primary election and did the interview with Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, the day after.)

Here’s more coverage from the Herald-Leader on the immigration issues and Associated Press, regarding Conway’s comments deflecting questions about whether President Barack Obama should campaign for him.

Both U.S. Senate candidates have scaled back their visibility over the last week allowing time to regroup after a series of Paul’s comments attracted the full attention of the national media.

Conway said Paul “seems to hold this very narrow, rigid world view that government can’t touch business whatsoever.”

But Adams, Paul’s campaign chairman, said Conway is off point from what voters care most about.

“Jack Conway has a great interest in continuing to distract from the real issues people care about right now,” he said. Adams said those include government spending, taxation, the size of government and the national debt — all major pieces of Paul’s platform.

“They’ll only become larger and larger as November draws closer,” he said.

Also Wednesday, the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll reported that the Canadian rock band Rush sent an unfriendly letter to the Paul campaign asking it to stop using its songs at campaign events and in Web ads.

Paul’s campaign played the band’s song “Spirit of Radio” repeatedly at its May 18 primary election victory party. To underscore his point about officials in Washington abandoning principles, Paul would quote on the campaign trail one of that song’s lines: “Glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity.”

Adams said a DJ the campaign used for that event and others should have been licensed to use that music but wasn’t and the Paul campaign will comply with Rush’s wishes.

“It’s a copyright protection issue. They’re protecting their rights and they’re correct to do that,” Adams said. “We’re huge Rush fans and we want to keep them happy.”

- Video produced by Don Weber with additional reporting by Ryan Alessi

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