The Chatter: U.S. Senate round-up

09/24/2010 03:22 PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has released his second ad of the general election, this time avoiding health care reform. But the ad still attacks “the Washington machine,” and “big government,” as Paul directly addresses the camera and talks about term limits and reducing government, two main platforms of his campaign.

The ad runs for 30 seconds, yet never mentions his opponent, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, or Paul’s usual target, President Barack Obama.

Conway releases second internal poll in a month

Conway’s campaign is once again touting an internal poll saying its race with Paul is a statistical tie, with Paul ahead three points. The poll, taken Sept. 20-22, shows Paul leading 45 to 42 with 13 percent undecided. An early September poll by Conway shows Paul up 47 to 45 with 8 percent undecided.

For the past two weeks, Conway has said on the trail and in campaign e-mails to supporters that the “race is tied,” using his own polling and a CNN/Time poll, among others, to back up his point. The last cn|2 Poll on the U.S. Senate race showed Paul up 7, and a SurveyUSA poll taken about the same time in early September showed Paul up 15.

Conway hits Paul with two different conference calls

Conway’s campaign held two separate conference calls today, hitting Paul on money he received from individuals associated with white separatist movements and for saying drug legalization is a “state’s rights” issue.

The first call included Martin Scott, a former president of the state’s Fraternal Order of Police, which has endorsed Conway. Martin is one of many law enforcement officials who has helped the Conway campaign hit Paul for being “soft” on law enforcement issues. In fact, Conway’s first two general election ads have focused solely on law enforcement.

Scott and the Conway campaign were hitting Paul on comments Paul made to the Wall Street Journal Nov. 12, 2009, in which Paul said the legalization of drugs is a state’s rights issue. Most of Paul’s positions on various issues carry a “state’s rights” tone, as Paul has repeatedly said he would like to downsize the federal government and the control it has.

The second call was held by Jonathon Miller, who is currently the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.  Miller said he was “baffled” by Paul’s reference to the current situation in the U.S. being like Germany before Adolph Hitler rose to power. Miller also said Paul should give back donations made by Virginia Abernethy, William Johnson and Carl Ford, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Ron Paul to fundraise for Rand Paul

Amanda Van Benschoten of the Kentucky Enquirer reports that Paul’s campaign is bringing in two figures strongly favored by the tea party, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul’s father, Ron.

The fundraiser, to be held in Northern Kentucky next week, is the fourth involving high profile out-of-state Republicans coming in to help Rand Paul.  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin held separate fundraisers for Paul earlier this month, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is hosting one for Paul this Saturday.


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