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Johnson: Rand Paul "extreme," not like Kentucky's Reagan Republicans

by Joe Arnold


Posted on December 29, 2009 at 1:09 AM

(Political Blog)  According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, Rand Paul is the clear frontrunner in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.  But, it can be lonely at the top, where candidates are most often attacked.  Perhaps the clearest sign of the legitimacy of Paul's campaign is coming from GOP candidate Bill Johnson.  The Todd County "Reagan Republican" is attacking Paul's "extreme" positions on abortion, gay marriage, drug legalization and military positions.  The salvo comes as Rand Paul prepares both to officially file for office on Wednesday and to welcome his libertarian icon dad, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul to Louisville in January.

Apart from Johnson's own underdog aspirations, the former U.S. Navy officer is sure to help Trey Grayson with this new strategy to take on Paul's views.  Grayson can enjoy the fallout without muddying his hands.

Take a look at the news release from the Bill Johnson campaign:


U.S. Senate needs reasonable, Constitution-based leadership — not more pendulum swinging extremism
Bill Johnson: Limited government has a legitimate duty to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
ELKTON — Former Navy officer and businessman Bill Johnson, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, welcomed the visit of former Libertarian Party presidential nominee and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas to Kentucky.

“Ron Paul has a national following of libertarians and as he comes to Kentucky, I appreciate the distinction he helps illustrate between the GOP candidates running for U.S. Senate,” Johnson said.  Paul’s son, Rand Paul, told the Wall Street Journal (November 12) earlier this year he only has some minor disagreements with his father’s fringe positions, specifically mentioning the congressman’s position on earmarks.

Johnson said his positions have strongly contrasted with those of the Pauls. “I have a major disagreement with the Pauls’ unconstitutional ‘pro-choice for states’ position, disregard for civil rights, rejection of a federal marriage amendment, support for state legalization of narcotics, and weak military positions.  Sure, earmarks are bad as well, but the massive debt is of greater concern,” he said.

Like his father, Rand Paul supports extreme libertarian positions. “Clearly, the current Democrat-controlled Congress and White House are bent on expanding federal government, with destructive power grabs on our economy and lives,” Johnson said. “Equally destructive is the libertarian extreme Rand Paul represents.”

Ron Paul voted against a resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those who agree with Ron Paul want to leave life-and-death decisions to the States. Even the author of Roe v.Wade, Supreme Court Justice Blackmun, said if the unborn are persons, they are constitutionally protected. Judge Blackmun denied the unborn personhood; the Paul’s accept personhood — yet still deny the unborn rights.

This is not what Kentucky Reagan conservatives are seeking in their next U.S. Senator. “Our position is that a limited federal government has a legitimate duty, as stated in the Constitution, to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” Johnson said.

Bill Johnson is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky. Johnson is a Gulf War veteran, businessman and concerned citizen fighting against the nonsense coming out of Washington. He stands for limited government, low taxes, strong military, gun ownership, marriage between one man and one woman, and believes life begins at conception. Johnson is committed to returning our great nation to the conservative values of Ronald Reagan.