Luallen criticizes Paul for being vague on budget cuts; Paul calls the deficit 'extreme'

09/14/2010 12:06 PM

OWENSBORO — Attempting to undercut Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on one of his signature issues, Democratic State Auditor Crit Luallen on Monday evening criticized what she called the GOP candidate’s lack of candor about cutting spending.

She then called Paul “extreme” and “out of touch,” alluding to some of the controversial comments Paul made after his Republican primary victory.

Luallen was filling in for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway at the Red, White and Blue political picnic at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro. The picnic event featured not only the U.S. Senate race, but candidates from area state legislative races and local races.

Paul has come under fire by the Conway campaign for not releasing his plans of his balanced budget platform, which Paul says he will do it phases. Paul’s first attempt will be to submit a balanced budget his first year that he hopes Congress will pass. If Congress doesn’t pass Paul’s budget, he will propose a five year plan to balance the budget instead. And Luallen adopted that approach in her remarks:

In response, Paul, who brushed the criticisms off as nonsense, said what’s “extreme” is how large the U.S. deficit is. In recent weeks, Paul has settled back into talking about the issues that helped raise the prominence of his campaign a year ago — the debt, deficit and cutting spending.

- Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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