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GOP candidates exchange words on KET,

GOP candidates exchange words on KET,

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Never one to let an opposing point of view go uncontested, Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville) disregarded his frontrunner status in the Republican gubermatorial primary Monday night in a forum televised live on KET.

In a series of sharp exchanges, Williams and self-described Tea Party backed candidate Phil Moffett, who registered less than half of Williams's support in a WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll of the race, attacked each other as Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and KET host Bill Goodman looked on.

"You're easy to criticize," Williams laid into Moffett, seated inches away, "but you're all hat and no cattle. You've never done anything to really get involved in public life before."

"You've got to be kidding me," Moffett smiled in disbelief as Williams continued.

"No, I'm not kidding.  I'm dead serious," Williams responded.

"Where have you taken your private treasure and your private time and done anything like the school choice scholarships," Moffett challenged Williams, referring to Moffett's scholarship program.

"Name one thing," Moffett said as he and Williams interrupted each other, "that you've done with your private money."

"Well, let me tell you what I've done," Williams interjected, "I've done a lot of things with my private money."

Holsclaw derided the exchange between her two opponents.

"Well, this is exactly why I think it's going to take a woman to get the mess cleaned up," Holsclaw chuckled, "I'm sorry gentlemen, but I'm about negotiation not confrontation."

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