Rand Paul makes final push with fly around across Kentucky

11/07/2016 12:51 PM

ERLANGER – Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul spent Monday, the final day of the campaign, concluding his “Defend Kentucky” fly around tour with eight stops across the commonwealth.

Paul, who is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic candidate Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, told a crowd of about 75 supporters in Erlanger that there are a number of reasons why Kentucky’s conservative base has grown over the years.

“People have figured out that big government is not their friend,” Paul said. “Big government has been devastating to jobs in Kentucky. Big government has robbed 15,000 jobs in the coal industry, and when they’re done with the coal industry, don’t think that they’re going to rest.”

Another concern Paul addressed was, in his words, the collapse of the separation of powers when it comes to the President of the United States.

“The presidency has become so powerful that many of the things being regulated, many of the things being legislated, we never had any say in,” Paul said. “You had no say through Congress, or your representatives. This may very well may be the biggest problem that we face as a country.”

Paul also addressed Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey’s announcement on Sunday the FBI has not changed its opinion that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a new review of emails.

“First, he said she was dishonest as hell but he didn’t have enough on paper to put her in jail,” Paul said. “Then, he said we looked at all of them and even though a lot of them were classified, and if it were you, we’d put you in jail, it was extremely careless but was not negligent, and yet, then, he said we now have new proof that she sent 650,000 more, we found these new emails, but there’s not enough evidence to convict her.”

“I’ll tell you one of my proudest votes over the last 6 years was being the only vote against James Comey to head the FBI.”

Other campaign stops on Monday included Lexington, Louisville, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville and Bowling Green.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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