On the trail with Jack Conway: Ramping up the rhetoric aimed at Rand Paul

09/20/2010 10:37 PM

GEORGETOWN — Since the start of the general election, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway has tried to capitalize on the most controversial comments made by his Republican opponent, Rand Paul.

In his stump speeches — especially to partisan crowds — he brings up Paul’s interview on The Rachel Maddow Show in May, which touched off confusion about Paul’s level of support for the Civil Rights Act. He often references Paul’s proposal to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, which is unpopular among many Democrats. And he mentions Paul’s comments in news reports last month that the drug problem was not “a real pressing issue” in the Senate race.

Conway is trying to use Paul’s words against him to make a case to voters that Paul is out of step with Kentuckians — an approach similar to that of Trey Grayson, the Secretary of State who lost to Paul in the spring GOP primary. Paul defeated Grayson by 23 points in May.

In speaking at the Scott County Democratic Party’s Roosevelt Dinner in Georgetown on Saturday, Conway’s approach didn’t change as he listed all things Paul has said that Conway alleges doesn’t match “our values.”

But with 42 days until the November elections, Conway is not only attacking Paul’s stance on the issues, but the candidate personally. Blaming Paul for fueling fear, not hope, in the political environment, Conway took a dig at Paul’s appearance and medical certification instead of naming his opponent directly at one point.

-Reporting and videos produced by Kenny Colston


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