Giuliani says Jack Conway and Mitt Romney are wrong on the same issue: health care

10/27/2011 07:07 PM

UPDATED: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said health care policy is a key issue in Kentucky’s race for attorney general race just as it is in the Republican presidential primary.

For that reason, Giuliani gave low marks to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who signed into law a health care bill in 2006 that required residents to have health insurance.

Similarly, Giuliani criticized Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway for not joining 29 other state attorneys general in lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the national health care reform bill Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed last year.

Giuliani made a campaign stop in Louisville Wednesday for Republican candidate for attorney general Todd P’Pool. And he and P’Pool sat down with Pure Politics to talk about both the Kentucky attorney general’s race and the presidential primary.

Giuliani said his drawn to Kentucky’s race for attorney general, as opposed to weighing into the governor’s race, because of how P’Pool had sought to play up the health care reform law issue, as well as concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Those issues aren’t necessarily more important than other law enforcement issues, such as fighting the scourge of prescription pill abuse and methamphetamine addiction in Kentucky, Giuliani said. But he said P’Pool, as the Hopkins County Attorney, has the experience as a prosecutor to address the drug problem as well.

Giuliani said it’s equally as important to have state attorneys general keep the federal government in check.

Earlier that day, Giuliani headlined a rally for P’Pool with about 150 Republicans at the Louisville Crowne Plaza.

But Conway shrugged off the appearance of the latest national figure to come to Kentucky for P’Pool. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared at a fundraiser for P’Pool last month. Huckabee, like Giuliani, ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

But Conway said those appearances aren’t changing the complexion of the race.

UPDATED: He said he had heard Giuliani was in Louisville for a motivational speech, however the P’Pool campaign said that was false and that the campaign paid to fly Giuliani to and from New York specifically for the political event with P’Pool.

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