The Chatter: Paul keeps inching toward 2012, Williams' gambling losses and more

04/04/2011 10:47 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul continues to inch his way to being more definitive about running in the 2012 presidential race, according to The Hill. Paul, who was in Iowa this weekend, said in an interview with Radio Iowa that he would not hesitate to launch a 2012 bid if his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), does not.

And speaking of 2012 runs, President Barack Obama officially launched his re-election bid today, releasing a video to announce it. The more than two-minute video uses comments from citizens in swing states such as Colorado and North Carolina to promote Obama’s re-election bid.

Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader dove into the 2003 divorce filings of Senate President David Williams to show that Williams had lost “significant amounts” of money from gambling in a four year period from 1999 through 2002. But Williams told Estep that he hasn’t stepped foot in a casino in a few years and that his previous gambling trips aren’t inconsistent with his opposition to expanded gambling in Kentucky. He said he has always opposed expanded gambling for public policy — not moral — reasons.

Marcus Carey of“ reports”: that Phil Moffett’s campaign has sent out challenges for primary debates. Moffett, a Louisville businessman, has challenged fellow primary opponents Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and Williams to separate one-on-one debates. In Louisville, Moffett would debate Holsclaw with 84WHAS host Mandy Connell as a moderator. Moffett would debate Williams in East Kentucky. In a follow-up phone call with Moffett campaign manager David Adams, he told Pure Politics that “it makes sense for us and would work out well for voters” if the debates were regional and split up, instead of all three candidates debating at one time. Adams said there has been no response from either the Holsclaw or Williams campaigns.

-Compiled by Kenny Colston


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