Paul touts charitable eye surgery in first ad of general election

09/14/2016 09:11 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released its first ad of the general election cycle with a positive spot focusing on the Bowling Green eye surgeon’s pro bono surgery’s performed in Kentucky and around the world.

The advertisement titled “caring for Kentucky” is running as part of a “significant buy” according to the campaign.

An announcer in the spot says, Paul’s “work as a surgeon says a lot about who he is.”

“For over 20 years, Rand Paul has performed free eye surgery for the poor in Kentucky and around the world,” the announcer continues in the ad.

The ad features Rita McKellips, a Crittenden County woman, who Paul’s campaign says was legally blind until the Bowling Green Republican performed free cataract surgery on her this past July in Paducah, Kentucky.

Paul has made national headlines for his travel abroad on medical missions to Guatemala and Haiti to perform charitable surgery.

Paul faces Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray of Lexington in the Nov. 8 election.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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