New McConnell video uses legislative victory to illustrate government overreach

05/21/2013 10:01 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul stands with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a new online campaign video touting a legislative victory in the U.S. Senate while also making a point about the “nanny state” of federal government over regulating.

The new web video, first reported on by The Hill , shows McConnell and Paul at the Freedom to Fish rally held in April near the dams calling the decision to keep boaters away an over reach by the federal government. The Army Core of Engineers decided to restrict access near the dams earlier this year, because of the dangerous waters that have killed and injured boaters in the past.

McConnell and Paul both use the restriction of the areas as an example of federal government “on steroids” in the clips of their remarks used in the ad.

“We have $2 trillion of regulations all being written by people you don’t elect,” Paul says in the ad. “We do need to take control but we need Mitch McConnell to be the leader to do that.”

Kentucky’s U.S. Senators reeled in the legislative victory last week with the passage of legislation in the Senate which halts the Army Core of Engineers from barricading dams along the Cumberland River in Western Kentucky.

The ad begins with McConnell telling a story of when he was a kid going fishing with his father and a friend below the dam.

“They knew what they were doing, they didn’t need any advice from anybody else about safety around the water,” McConnell says.

The video runs over two minutes and according to The Hill is targeted to Kentucky voters with hunting and fishing licenses.

Text at the end of the video says that the bill “slows the overreach of the Obama administration…and ensures that Kentuckians can continue to fish at one of their favorite spots for generations to come.”

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