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Debate roundup: Reaction from Paul campaign, Republicans

Debate roundup: Reaction from Paul campaign, Republicans

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 5:50 PM

 
 Rand Paul Campaign

Flip Flop: Conway Flips on Cap and Trade ... Again
"I've been consistent in my position to stand up for Kentucky coal and make sure the electricity rates remain low."
-Jack Conway, "Fox News Sunday," Oct. 3, 2010

 


According To A July 16, 2009 Paducah Sun Article, Conway Said "He Supports The Cap And Trade Bill And Believes Problems Can Be Worked Out To Prevent High Energy Costs." "His chief opponent in next year's Democratic primary is Attorney General Jack Conway, who issued a statement last week saying he supports the Cap and Trade Bill and believes problems can be worked out to prevent high energy costs.  Conway said the House version of the bill was improved from Obama's original plan because it gives utility companies additional emission credits and more time to meet goals for reducing harmful emissions." (The Paducah [KY] Sun, "Breaking With Obama," Bill Bartleman, July 16, 2009)
 


Rand Paul Campaign

571-Day Delay: Conway and His Broken Promises
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- In a campaign video when he was running for attorney general in 2007, Jack Conway promised to create a drug task force before even taking office.  
 
"If I'm elected, before I'm sworn in, I'm going to convene a task force of prosecutors and law enforcement officials from around the state and we're going to take a look at what we can propose to the Kentucky General Assembly to make a difference in the fight against drugs..." Conway said in the video.
 
But this 'promise' resulted in a 571-day delay in even getting the task force off the ground.
 
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal:
 
"Conway promised to convene a drug task force before he was sworn in and make specific proposals to fight drugs to the legislature. While that apparently did not happen, with drug abuse exploding across Kentucky..."  (The Courier-Journal, August 21, 2009)
 
Jack Conway hasn't kept his promises to Kentucky as Attorney General. How can he be trusted to keep his promises once he heads to Washington?
 
Rand Paul Campaign

Conway On Social Security
Conway Failed To Mention He Considered Raising The Retirement Age Or Cutting Benefits To Social Security In 2002.

 


· In 2002, Conway Said Raising The Retirement Age And Reducing Social Security Benefits Should Be Considered To Preserve Social Security. "Northup said she supports partial private investment to preserve Social Security rather than raising the retirement age and reducing benefits, which she has ruled out but Conway has said should be considered." (The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal, "Northup, Conway Attract Support," Al Cross, July 30, 2002)

· In 2002, Conway was quoted saying: "A year ago, I was asked 'If Social Security was about to become insolvent, what do you do?' I said 'Everything's on the table.'" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFOxtxl2nGw

 

Rand Paul Campaign

Flip Flop: Conway Flips On Bailout Support
"I wouldn't have voted for the bailouts."
-Jack Conway, "Fox News Sunday," Oct. 3, 2010

 


· Conway Failed To Give A Clear Answer On Whether He Would Have Supported The TARP Bailout Plan. BOARD: "If you had been in the Senate in 2008, how would you have voted on the bailout?" CONWAY: "I would have requested that we take our time.  I am always leery when, suddenly, a group comes and says 'Oh my gosh, everything is melting down, we've got to have a bailout right now.' And I certainly don't think we need any more bailouts.  You know, it was a time when the financial markets looked like they were just crumbling - about to go over the cliff.  AIG, for example, so pervasive in our economy, that if they had gone under, who knows the larger effects on the economy?  It was such a blank check, and such a blank check, without adequate pieces of the law for treasury to follow up and make certain there wasn't excessive compensation.  I would like to think, if I were convinced, if I were convinced - and I wasn't there - but if I were convinced that this had to be done, or else the economy was going to go completely over the cliff and we were going to have a deep, deep, deep depression rather than an incredibly severe recession, that I would have stood up and tried to save the economy.  That would have been my guidepost. My concern is, it was just done so quickly, and we threw money at the problem, and we didn't have any strings attached.  And when you see folks come along and get bonuses- and some of the money has been paid back. . . . I would like to think, that if I had been there studying it, even though there was some political peril in taking the vote, that I would have done the courageous thing to make certain the economy doesn't go off the cliff." (Jack Conway Interview With The Courier-Journal Editorial Board, www.courier-journal.com, April 12, 2010)
 
· Conway's Concern With The TARP Bailouts Was That It Was A "Blank Check" And That "It Was Just Done So Quickly, And We Threw Money At The Problem, And We Didn't Have Any Strings Attached." CONWAY: "It [TARP] was such a blank check, and such a blank check, without adequate pieces of the law for treasury to follow up and make certain there wasn't excessive compensation.  I would like to think, if I were convinced, if I were convinced - and I wasn't there - but if I were convinced that this had to be done, or else the economy was going to go completely over the cliff and we were going to have a deep, deep, deep depression rather than an incredibly severe recession, that I would have stood up and tried to save the economy.  That would have been my guidepost. My concern is, it was just done so quickly, and we threw money at the problem, and we didn't have any strings attached.  And when you see folks come along and get bonuses- and some of the money has been paid back. . . ." (Jack Conway Interview With The Courier-Journal Editorial Board, www.courier-journal.com, April 12, 2010)
 
· Conway Claimed That The TARP Program Worked, "In Some Respects." BOARD: "Do you think it [TARP] worked?" CONWAY: "In some respects. I don't know that it's easy to say that's a yes or no answer. It worked in some regards, I think the stock market kind of stopped its - kind of put the brakes on the panic.  It got some capital flowing into big banks that were going under.  I'm concerned that we haven't learned all of our lessons. . . . It worked in some respects, in others, we didn't put enough strings on the people who were getting the money." (Jack Conway Interview With The Courier-Journal Editorial Board, www.courier-journal.com, April 12, 2010)
 
· Conway Stated His Support For The Bailout Of Automakers. BOARD: "Would you have favored the auto bailout?" CONWAY: "Well it was done with the bailout money, I believe, through the TARP funds, actually.  It wasn't a second vote. Given that it was done with the TARP funds and given that we have such a strong auto presence here with GM, particularly in Bowling Green, I favor the way it was done." (Jack Conway Interview With The Courier-Journal Editorial Board, www.courier-journal.com, April 12, 2010)
 
· Conway Promised "No More Bailout Or Bonuses" During The Democratic Primary. "From health care to deficits, candidates for the U.S. Senate staked out their positions during a forum Sunday in western Louisville. . . . 'People are hurting,' emphasized state Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democrat, vowing to 'end offshore tax savings,' promising 'no more bailouts and bonuses.'" (The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal, "U.S. Senate Hopefuls Speak Out At Forum," Andrew Adler, March 15, 2010)

Rand Paul Campaign

Flip Flop: Conway Flips On Tax Cuts
"I think now we ought to extend them."
-Jack Conway, "Fox News Sunday," Oct. 3, 2010

 


· In April 2010, Conway Claimed He Would Support Allowing The Majority Of The Bush Tax Cuts To Expire. BOARD "Which, if any, of the Bush tax cuts would you favor preserving or which would you favor letting expire?" CONWAY: "I would favor letting expire probably the majority, the majority of the Bush tax cuts." (Jack Conway Interview With The Courier-Journal Editorial Board, www.courier-journal.com, April 12, 2010)
 
By July 2010, Conway Claimed He Supported Extension Of The Bush Tax Cuts In Their Entirety. "[C]onway and Paul agreed on several key issues. . . . They also favor extending in their entirety the tax cuts that passed in 2001 and 2003, when Republican George W. Bush was president. The reductions are due to expire at the end of the year, and many Democrats in Congress oppose renewing the tax cuts for upper-income earners." (The Associated Press, "Rand Paul Tells Farmers They May Face Program Cuts," David Espo, July 22, 2010)
 
 
"During Last Spring's Democratic Primary, Conway Told The Editorial Board Of The Courier-Journal Of Louisville That Most Of The So-Called Bush Tax Cuts Should Be Allowed To Expire. But Over The Past Month, Conway Has Repeatedly Said Most Of The Tax Cuts Should Be Extended." (The Lexington [KY] Herald-Leader, "Rand Paul Accuses Jack Conway Of Flip-Flopping," Jack Brammer, August 18, 2010)
 

 


Republican Party of Kentucky

Fox News Debate Produces Clear Winner In Senate Contest
 
FRANKFORT, Ky.— This morning’s nationally televised debate between liberal trial lawyer Jack Conway and Dr. Rand Paul left viewers with a clear vision of where the candidates for U.S. Senate from Kentucky stand.

“Today’s debate was an unequivocal win for Dr. Rand Paul. As Jack Conway desperately attempted to re-introduce his support for the Obama-Pelosi agenda, viewers saw Conway for who he is: a career politician, out of touch with Kentucky,” Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) Chairman Steve Robertson said on Sunday morning, following the debate.
 
 

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