On the trail with Rand Paul: His message remains the same to young or old

09/16/2010 09:36 PM

LEXINGTON — It wasn’t his usual audience, but Rand Paul, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, still delivered the same messages he’s been serving up throughout his campaign.

Paul spoke to and took questions from a group of students at Henry Clay High School on Tuesday. The high school’s Young Republican organization put together the event.

And it was clear from the outset, this wasn’t a typical campaign stop. Taylor Swift blasted over the speakers before his speech instead of decades-old Rush tunes that his campaign has been known to play.

But other than not talking about health care reform, the only other changes Paul made to his stump speech was tweaking his vocabulary to better fit with the audience, some of whom are newly-minted voters while others are still years away. For instance, instead of talking about government regulations as he usually does, he called them “rules.” But he still occasionally diverted to offer history lessons about German debt and over-printing of that country’s money during the 1920’s.

Paul also said the policies he’s pushing for would create jobs for those about to graduate high school.

When asked what he would do to help the school system, Paul reiterated his position that education should be handled on the local level with testing, among other things, to be decided on by principals and parents. Paul wants Congress to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

The event also featured 6th Congressional District challenger Andy Barr, but neither Democratic candidate, Jack Conway for U.S. Senate or U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler for the 6th District, responded to an invitation to the event, the club said.

-Reporting and videos produced by Kenny Colston

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