Union tries to make Paul's comments about GM an issue

10/18/2010 05:49 PM

One of the state’s largest unions is sending out mailers that attack Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, this time on comments he made that suggests Paul would have favored letting car maker General Motors fail instead of receiving government help during the recession.

That issue came up in Sunday night’s debate between Paul and Democratic Jack Conway at the University of Louisville.

Paul’s comment stem from an interview he did with Investor’s Business Daily, where he said that the company, and others like Ford Motor Co., would have a better shot if they were “non-union.”

But Paul changed his answer in the fourth U.S. Senate debate, held Sunday on the University of Louisville’s campus. When asked by WHAS-11 political reporter Joe Arnold about the comments, Paul said he would doesn’t want any businesses to “fail” but that sometimes bankruptcy is necessary for companies to restructure themselves to be more nimble.

As previously reported on pageonekentucky.com, the first mailer that the AFL-CIO spent on hit Paul on mine safety.

The union is one of several outside groups spending heavily to back Democrats. Republican-supported groups still are out-spending those Democratic booster groups in the U.S. Senate race with $3.1 million so far compared to $1.6 million, according to a New York Times tally that the newspaper published Sunday.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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