From 'Pure Politics': Tracking Conway's attempt to change the debate

09/21/2010 07:30 PM

While U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul and other Republicans have sought to nationalize Kentucky’s Senate race, Democratic candidate Jack Conway has tried to focus voters on state issues.

Specifically, he’s latched onto the issue of the scourge of drug abuse. It has allowed him to highlight his credentials as Kentucky’s attorney general. His office, for instance, worked with law enforcement agencies on coordinating drug busts in Eastern Kentucky, where prescription drug abuse runs rampant. At the same time, it has allowed him to criticize Paul after press reports quoted Paul as saying drug abuse was “not a real pressing issue” for voters in the U.S. Senate race, especially compared to the federal debt.

Conway has run commercials on the issue and made it the centerpiece of his stump speeches. But is it working?

Here’s an overview piece as it aired on Tuesday’s edition of “Pure Politics”:

(Programming note: “Pure Politics” is cn|2’s daily political news program. It airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST and again at 11:30 p.m./10:30 Central on Channel 2 in all of Insight Communications’ markets — Louisville and surrounding counties, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Bowling Green, Henderson, Dawson Springs and Providence. We will be airing some segments of the program here on the cn|2 Politics site.)

- Ryan Alessi


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