Jack Conway bucks national Democrats, agrees with Rand Paul on tax cuts

07/24/2010 11:38 AM

While many congressional Democrats have balked at extending tax cuts set in place during President George W. Bush’s tenure, both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates – including Democrat Jack Conway — have embraced it.

Conway said Thursday he would keep the cuts in 2011, and possibly beyond:

Rand Paul, the Republican nominee to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning, has made extending the tax cuts – including the repeal of the estate tax — a key issue in his campaign. Paul has accused Conway of originally opposing the cuts, then flip-flopping on the issue.

But Conway, when running for Congress in 2002, said during a Kentucky Educational Television debate that he would have voted in support of the original Bush tax cuts, as the Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth recently reported.

On Thursday, during a forum presented by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Paul and Conway sparred over that issue after Paul said that one way he’d want to help farmers was to vote to make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

‑ Kenny Colston with video produced by Don Weber


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