The Chatter: Ky. Congressmen on Libya; DCCC launches gas station ad at Barr

08/29/2011 07:33 AM

The United States should let other countries take the lead in helping the new government in Libya transition into power, several members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation said.

The U.S. government also should restrain how much aid is sent to the new government in Tripoli, they said.

And even with uncertainty about continued violence instigated by loyalists to former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, it’s unlikely the United States will commit peacekeeping troops, said Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said the United States needs to be careful not to give the appearance that the next government in Libya is a U.S. puppet.

And Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn’t have been involved in Libya in the first place.

DCCC puts up ad at gas station against Andy Barr

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued its preemptive strike against Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr with its first ad at a Central Kentucky gas station.

The gap-pump advertisement at the Lexington Food Mart on East Tiverton Way in Lexington claims Barr supports “millionaires over Medicare.” The DCCC says Barr has demonstrated that by voicing support for the U.S. House Republicans’ approach to cutting federal spending.

The gas station ad echoes radio commercials the organization launched earlier this month.

Barr, a Lexington lawyer, announced this summer he plans to run in 2012 for a rematch against Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler.

The National Republican Campaign Committee made automated calls to voters in Central Kentucky and aired three weeks worth of TV ads aimed at Chandler earlier this summer.

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