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Grayson ad attacks Paul on coal

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Republican Trey Grayson's first television ad of his U.S. Senate campaign focuses on a campaign issue that the Democrats have spoken of frequently, but has barely been mentioned by the Republicans so far in the Senate race, the Kentucky coal industry.

Up until now, rival Rand Paul has had to fight to prevent Grayson from defining Paul's positions on other hot button conservative issues.  Grayson appears to be gaining some traction in his attacks, especially when Grayson's depiction of Paul's views are repeated by the national media, such as when Fox News' Chris Wallace questioned Sarah Palin about her endorsement of Rand Paul.  Palin did Paul no favors when she did not refute the premises of Wallace's question: "Paul wants to close Guantanamo. He wants to send the detainees back to Afghanistan. He wants to repeal the Patriot Act. He wants to do away with any federal role in either gay marriage or drug laws, leave it to the states. Why would you support a guy like that?"

In a recent debate in Paducah, and at the Jefferson County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Grayson kept up the attack on Paul's evolving position on Guantanamo Bay.  And, Grayson picked up the Kentucky Right to Life endorsement over Paul late last week.

So, it was a surprise when Grayson rolled out his ad on...... coal.  Yet, it was not a surprise that Grayson is using Paul's own words against him, this time video of a Ron Paul presidential campaign rally in 2008.

"Coal's a very dirty form of energy," Paul says on the video clip, "You may have coal around here that needs to be mined, but I mean the thing is that it's probably one of the least favorable forms of energy."

The viewer is left to assume that Paul, like President Barack Obama, is anti-coal.  Grayson appears on camera:  "I've consistently favored Kentucky coal to create good jobs and get our economy moving again.  I'm Trey Grayson.  I approved this message because I'll fight against Obama's "war on coal"  and for clean coal and Kentucky jobs."

The Rand Paul campaign is back on the defensive, saying Grayson is "intellectually dishonest" and playing political games:

"There is no candidate who will stand up for Kentucky’s Coal Industry more than Rand Paul.  To twist his words and draw conclusions that are opposite to Dr. Paul's positions is intellectually dishonest and beneath someone asking to be Kentucky's next Senator.

"Dr. Paul has stated repeatedly that he opposes Cap and Trade and opposes a runaway EPA that vows to write its own greenhouse emission rules without Congressional Approval."

In a statement, Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson anticipates the Paul campaign's rebuttal as a springboard to attack Paul's positions (or at least the Grayson campaign's version of Paul's positions:

"(Rand Paul) says one thing to Kentucky voters and then consistently takes a completely different stance with the out-of-state donors who are devout followers of his father’s fringe agenda and make up 80% of his contributors.  Coal is just the latest example after his 180 degree switch from a pro-abortion position to the unbelievable claim that he is now suddenly pro-life as well as his attempts to mislead voters on his dangerous position in favor of closing the Guantanamo terrorist detention facility and releasing the prisoners held there back into battle against U.S. troops.”

The Paul campaign calls it a "series of distortions and lies," and cleverly illustrates how it could use a Trey Grayson quote to paint Grayson as "anti-coal." 

"Trey Grayson clearly takes Paul's comments out of context and attempts to imply that Dr. Paul is anti-coal.  This is a political game, and to show how easy it is to do, the same could be done to Grayson's comments:

"And so we feel like going forward, that this is a zero emission, um, process, and as where some of these coal fire plants are being phased out, we need to probably, we need to bring nuclear on. And from a cost effectiveness standpoint, uh, they're much more cost effective just because the cost to make a clean coal plant is so expensive that nuclear becomes a viable option." - Trey Grayson


"Does that make Grayson anti-Coal?

The commercial is airing on WYMT-TV in Haxard and Eastern Kentucky cable TV.  Perhaps the most striking - big picture - facet of the commercial is that it takes Grayson only nine words into the ad to say Rand Paul's name. 

"I'm Trey Grayson.  There are big differences between Rand Paul and me...."

Given Grayson's perceived cakewalk to the GOP nomination last year, the attack and the focus on Paul does as much as any poll to confirm Rand Paul's frontrunner status in the race.


Here are releases from the Grayson and Paul campaigns:

Grayson:

Secretary of State Trey Grayson has launched his first television ad on WYMT-TV in Hazard as well as Eastern Kentucky cable systems.  The ad contrasts Trey Grayson’s views in support of investing in new clean coal technologies to support Kentucky coal jobs with the views of Rand Paul who has a history of opposing coal.

             “Tens of thousands of jobs in Kentucky depend on the coal industry,” Grayson said.  “Whether I’m in Eastern Kentucky, Washington, D.C., or elsewhere you can always count on me to fight for Kentucky’s priorities, including coal.  I know that coal must be a part of any realistic solution to reducing our dependence on foreign energy and to supplying clean, abundant, domestic energy resources to fuel our economic recovery.”

             Watch the ad by clicking here.  Grayson previously ran a 60-second radio ad that aired statewide.

             The new Grayson ad shows Rand Paul speaking to a group of Ron Paul supporters in Tennessee during the 2008 campaign where he says, “Coal's a very dirty form of energy.  You may have coal around here that needs to be mined, but I mean the thing is that it's probably one of the least favorable forms of energy."  (Speech to Ron Paul for President Supporters in Chattanooga, TN, 02/02/08)

             Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson said, “This perfectly illustrates a pattern with Rand Paul.  He says one thing to Kentucky voters and then consistently takes a completely different stance with the out-of-state donors who are devout followers of his father’s fringe agenda and make up 80% of his contributors.  Coal is just the latest example after his 180 degree switch from a pro-abortion position to the unbelievable claim that he is now suddenly pro-life as well as his attempts to mislead voters on his dangerous position in favor of closing the Guantanamo terrorist detention facility and releasing the prisoners held there back into battle against U.S. troops.”

             Trey Grayson is building a grassroots campaign around local leaders, including dozens of County Judge-Executives and state legislators as well as seven Louisville Metro Council members who’ve endorsed his candidacy.  Trey Grayson is the only candidate for U.S. Senate endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life PAC.

 


Paul:

Grayson Ad Intellectually Dishonest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       February 22, 2010     
 

BOLWLING GREEN, KY – In response to Trey Grayson’s first attack ad in the Kentucky Senate Campaign, the Rand Paul Campaign issued the following statement:

"There is no candidate who will stand up for Kentucky’s Coal Industry more than Rand Paul.  To twist his words and draw conclusions that are opposite to Dr. Paul's positions is intellectually dishonest and beneath someone asking to be Kentucky's next Senator.

"Dr. Paul has stated repeatedly that he opposes Cap and Trade and opposes a runaway EPA that vows to write its own greenhouse emission rules without Congressional Approval.

"Furthermore, Dr. Paul has called for sun-setting EPA regulations on Coal and forcing the EPA to streamline or eliminate the onerous permit process. Dr. Paul has also defended mountaintop removal of coal.  It's hard to imagine a candidate who has taken a more clear and consistent stand against out-of-control government regulation and intrusion into private businesses.

"Trey Grayson clearly takes Paul's comments out of context and attempts to imply that Dr. Paul is anti-coal.  This is a political game, and to show how easy it is to do, the same could be done to Grayson's comments:

"And so we feel like going forward, that this is a zero emission, um, process, and as where some of these coal fire plants are being phased out, we need to probably, we need to bring nuclear on. And from a cost effectiveness standpoint, uh, they're much more cost effective just because the cost to make a clean coal plant is so expensive that nuclear becomes a viable option." - Trey Grayson


"Does that make Grayson anti-Coal?

"This attack is no doubt the first in a series of distortions and lies to attempt to tear down Dr. Paul's grassroots campaign.   Trey Grayson clearly can't say he's the outsider who will fight against career politicians.  He can't say he'd be the strongest advocate for limited government.  He can't say he'd fight back against bailouts, out of control spending and earmarks.

He can't say he'd fight for Term Limits or against big government establishment politicians.

So he's instead trying to right his failing campaign by attacking.  It won't work.  The people of Kentucky can and will see through Grayson's political games."
 


 

 

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