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Conway absent, Paul slams Obama at political picnic

Conway absent, Paul slams Obama at political picnic

Rand Paul, Jack Conway

by Joe Arnold


Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Jack Conway was a no show at Owensboro's annual Red, White and Blue picnic, Monday, dispatching State Auditor Crit Luallen to speak on his behalf.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul,who Conway blasted for not staying for the speeches at Paducah's St. John's picnic, was at the Owensboro event. 

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports event organizers said Conway had an 'out of state conflict:'

On a picture-perfect late afternoon at Reid's Orchard in front of about 400 people Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul looked for his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway , and didn't see him.

So Paul lit into President Barack Obama .

"The president is wrong on every major decision he's made," Paul said to the delight of his many supporters at the Red, White & Blue political picnic.

WEHT-TV filed this report:

"Really what we need is someone who believes in Kentuckians. If you believe in Kentuckians you want to leave more money in Kentucky. You want to unleash capitalism and allow businesses to thrive, in Owensboro to thrive. The problem is the government is soaking up so much in Washington. There's not enough money here to create jobs," said Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Rand Paul.

State Auditor Crit Luallen spoke on behalf of US Senate candidate and Attorney General Jack Conway.

"He's gone after drug dealers and sexual predators and people who abuse our seniors. He's gone after companies for price gouging. He's really built a very strong record and that's why the FOP, Fraternal Order of Police, and law enforcement officers all across Kentucky endorse his candidacy," said Luallen.

In a statement prior to the Paducah event, Conway said, “It’s time for Rand Paul to face the voters. He says he’s got the courage of his convictions, but he’s scared to talk or debate anywhere.  I’m proud of my record, and I’ll continue to talk to voters about what I believe and where I stand.”

While Paul visited the Paducah picnic on Saturday, his campaign said an undisclosed scheduling conflict prevented him from staying for the speeches.