Paul, Gray weigh in on weekend terror attacks

09/20/2016 06:33 PM

After a string of explosions and bombs were found in New York and New Jersey on Saturday, law enforcement quickly tracked down and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday after a shootout with the suspect.

As the investigation into the bombings continues, politicians, including Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, are speaking out about the incidents and about domestic terrorism.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters in Richmond, Ky., about the attacks, which she said is being investigated as an act of terror.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said more needs to be done to prevent similar attacks from taking place.

“In almost every recent instance of terrorism on our soil, there have been warning signs and evidence that went unrecognized,” Paul told Pure Politics in a statement. “Our country must do a better job in fighting terrorism and identifying credible threats.

“We must do a better job of screening immigrants coming to the U.S. in order to defend ourselves.”

Paul’s Democratic challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, said through a spokesperson that the swift response shows what can happen when agencies and citizens work together.

“Mayor Gray is grateful that there were no fatalities, and this suspect was quickly apprehended,” Gray spokesperson Cathy Lindsey said. “This shows what can happen when law enforcement and citizens work together to keep their communities safe.

“Working together to keep all of our communities safe is critical,” she continued. “This includes giving our intelligence agencies and first responders the tools they need to combat terrorism.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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