Rand Paul and Jack Conway each set up shop on Monday about 150 miles from Louisville. But the rival U.S. Senate candidates were worlds apart on the appropriate role of the federal government to fight drug abuse in Kentucky.
Conway says Paul "just doesn't get it."
Paul says Conway is "out of touch."
The separate events, Paul in western Kentucky and Conway in eastern Kentucky, both appeared to be sparked by Paul's opposition to the federal role enforcing drug laws in the states.
Conway has hammered Paul on the issue at forums before the County Judge Executives and the Kentucky Farm Bureau. Yet - as has been the case in other campaign miscues - it is Paul's own comments that have increased scrutiny of his libertarian views.
In mid-August, Paul told the AP, "I don't think it's a real pressing issue. They're socially conservative out there, so am I. Jack's not. They're fiscally conservative. I am. Jack's not. … I think we'll swamp him."
Watch Tuesday beginning at 5pm on WHAS11 News for the latest comments from both Paul and Conway.
Paul stopped short of calling for the end of federal funding for Operation UNITE. Instead, he said what he’s opposed to is using earmarks to obtain the funding for it. And said that he would welcome an open debate in congressional budget hearings over the merits of using federal tax dollars to fund the program.
Conway said Monday that Kentucky can't afford to take on drug traffickers without federal help.
He said the round-table discussion in Campton wasn't political grandstanding, telling reporters that he campaigned for attorney general on the promise to combat the drug problem and that he has worked hard to fulfill that promise.