The Chatter: Honest Beshear? Rand Paul and the debt plans and more

07/28/2011 02:13 PM

One day after Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was accused of lying about snubbing President Barack Obama, Beshear channeled his inner Abe Lincoln today, saying he did not tell a lie, according to the Herald-Leader.

Beshear’s answer revolves around a did he or didn’t he tell a lie when President Barack Obama visited soldiers at Fort Campbell in early May. In an Associated Press story yesterday, it was revealed that Beshear didn’t actually receive an invite to the event. That conflicted with Beshear’s story at the time, when he said he couldn’t change his schedule to meet the president, implying an invitation was made.

Beshear’s gubernatorial opponents, Republican David Williams, accused Beshear of lying. But Beshear told reporters today that, while he didn’t get a direct invite, he considered his role as governor would mean that he could welcome the president to the state, regardless of an invite.

And Beshear maintained that no one snubbed the other.

Rand Paul: I’d rather be a hobbit

In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator, said he would rather “be a hobbit than a troll,” in response to U.S. Sen. John McCain’s description of tea party members who oppose the current John Boehner plan, the New York Times reports

Paul has touted his opposition to both “plans” being developed to avoid default on the debt ceiling, named after House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid because they don’t include ways to balance the federal budget.

Singing General

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will show off his vocals at the annual National Quartet Convention, according to Phillip Bailey of WFPL.

Ashcroft was attorney general between 2001 and 2005, during George W. Bush’s first term as president.

He will be delivering the keynote speech on Sept. 15 and will also sing several gospel songs.


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