On Camera: Rand Paul maintains that drug abuse should be fought on a local level

08/26/2010 11:40 AM

LOUISVILLE — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul said Thursday that he’s sticking with his position that communities — not federal programs — should take the lead in stemming drug abuse and providing treatment for addicts.

Paul was asked before the ham breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair whether public sentiment might change his mind about supporting federal funding for drug programs, such as Operation UNITE. That program, paid for with federal funds, coordinates law enforcement agencies for undercover drug busts and provides resources for treatment mostly in Eastern Kentucky.

He said a candidate should stick to his positions.

Paul has said he favors handling the issue locally rather than sending tax dollars to Washington that come back in the form of Operation UNITE or other programs. Earlier this week, he held a press conference at the Wingshadow Lodge, a facility in Western Kentucky aimed at helping men recover from addition. The facility is part of the faith-based Teen Challenge program.

Democratic candidate Jack Conway has been hammering Paul on the issue of drugs for the last two weeks as he seeks to paint Paul as out-of-touch.

Here’s what Paul had to say about drugs:

Shepherding Paul through the throngs of attendees of the early morning breakfast was Larry Cox, who is Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky director. Cox is retiring this month.

Paul also addressed his position on farm subsidies and streamlining government agencies in order to cut spending and balance the budget in response to questions from Associated Press reporter Bruce Schreiner.

Here’s what he said:

- Video produced by Holly Thompson


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