Jack Conway says he and Rand Paul differ over Social Security

08/19/2010 10:38 AM

LOUISVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway says 2010 is not a year to be “messing with” or “privatizing” Social Security but acknowledged that the social program could see trouble “30 or 40 years down the road.”

Conway said that he will “always support” Social Security and attacked the position of his opponent, Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul.

In an interview the day after his primary victory with CNN’s John King, Paul said Washington was “sort of an alcoholic drunk on spending” in referring specifically to Medicaid and Social Security. During the primary, Paul said in a forum in Lexington that the retirement age for Social Security would “almost certainly” need to be raised. He made the same comment to voters at a campaign stop in Manchester in March.

Here’s what Conway had to say about Social Security:

Conway was in Louisville Thursday for the start of the Kentucky State Fair, where he volunteered as a server for the annual commodity appreciation breakfast. He also answered questions about whether he has vacillated on his position on a series of tax cuts that Congress passed in 2001 and 2003 during President George W. Bush’s administration.

He denied the Republicans’ charge that he “flip-flopped” on his support of the Bush tax cuts and clarified which cuts he we like to keep and which one he would let expire.

Conway, the state’s attorney general, reiterated that he favors extending tax cuts on income taxes, the estate tax and taxes on capital gains, which he first told cn|2 Politics earlier this month.

Conway said while running for the 3rd Congressional District in Louisville against then-U.S. Rep. Anne Northup in 2002 that he would have voted for the tax cuts. But he told the Louisville Courier-Journal’s editorial board in April that he’d like to see many of the specific cuts expire. Then this summer he has said most of the cuts should continue for at least five years. Here’s what he said:

The tax cuts have moderate support in Kentucky, with 46.9 percent saying they would favor keeping the tax cuts, a cn|2 poll has shown.

-Reporting and videos produced by Kenny Colston


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