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.

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  • Heza Putz wrote on September 14, 2016 12:36 PM :

    Maybe Dr. Paul could remove the plank from Bill Adkins’ eye ;-)

  • viewer wrote on September 14, 2016 01:41 PM :

    I like the ad. I think this will help with the moderate Reagan democrats. I don’t know why he doesn’t do more of this.

    Now, I don’t think that I am highly thought of in the Rand Paul camp, but since they did this commercial here, I’m going to push some more advice that may help.

    Rand Paul needs to talk about his repatriate tax bill. There is not a soul who should be against this bill. It is common sense, but that is difficult to come by in Congress. This bill should have been passed last year.

    The EU is trying to get Apple Inc. to pay billions in a tax settlement case. Not only Apple, but all companies who do business overseas will benefit if Congress gets to work and passes Rand’s bipartisan bill.

    Also, I’m a big fan of Ron Paul, Rand’s father’s, monetary wisdom. Ron Paul has been right about the Federal Reserve and currency manipulation for 20 years. Why others in republican circles, and mainly the business circles, haven’t been paying attention is beyond me. Rand needs to get with his father and get a detailed plan out and start talking about it. The central banks around the world are what has caused this recession that may turn into a depression, if we don’t get in there and hold the Federal Reserve along with other central banks accountable. What they are being allowed to do is madness. The viewer.

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