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Paul, Grayson react to Dobson flip

by Joe Arnold


Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Both the Rand Paul and Trey Grayson campaigns are questioning the other's credibility in how each are characterizing Rand Paul's views on Pro-Life issues. 

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family sided with Paul on Monday when he switched his endorsement from Trey Grayson to Rand Paul.

"I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent,"  Dobson said.

"I think it damages the credibility of the Grayson campaign that they've been caught basically telling lies about me.  And now some of the people who endorsed them are seeing through it," Paul said in an interview from his Bowling Green opthamologist practice. "But I think a lot of people in Kentucky are seeing through it." 

Watch the entire Paul interview conducted Monday afternoon on Skype by clicking here.

Grayson's campaign is standing by their characterizations of Paul's true views on abortion and the role of federal and state governments on the abortion issue.  "Clearly Rand Paul will do or say anything to get elected, including falsifying a right to life questionnaire and lying about his record on this issue," said Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Amanda Van Benschoten has the most recent update on the questionnaire controversy, in which Kentucky Right to Life complains that Paul is misleading Kentuckians about how he completed the survey.

Kentucky Right to Life produced a tracking slip this week that shows Paul didn't mail the completed survey until Friday, and the group has repeatedly produced documents that back up its claim that Paul submitted an incomplete survey in February..........

................ Kentucky Right to Life produced Paul's original response - with a Feb. 11 date stamp from Paul's fax number - that shows he skipped question nine, which dealt with embryonic stem cell research.

"We've done polling," Paul continued, "on some of the things they've attacked us on, and most Kentuckians have heard Grayson's attacks, but you know what?  Most people don't believe what he's saying."

Paul declined to disclose to whom Dobson was referring when he said "Senior GOP leaders," instead suggesting the question be posed to Dobson.

A spokeswoman for Dobson also declined to disclose any names nor offer any comment from Dobson.  "Dr. Dobson is currently in Washington, D.C., for the National Day of Prayer events and will not be able to get back with you regarding your questions," wrote Becky Lane of My Family Talk.com.

"I think it shows that someone on the other side, if not directly the Grayson camp, someone on the other side is telling them that I wasn't pro-life, and that's just dishonest.  And that's been going on and on," Paul said.

Paul said he met an OB/GYN physician in Paris, Kentucky two weeks ago who offered to contact Dobson and tell him that Paul was staunchly Pro-Life.

"This calls them out for lying, and I think it really hurts the credibility of their campaign. And I think in moving forward it will show that people are not going to believe it when you put things on television that are not truthful.  And I think that's really going to hurt them."

 Yet, the Grayson campaign is referring reporters to the RandPaulstrangeideas.com website to undermine Paul's 100 percent Pro-Life claim.

 NOTES:  Paul said his internal poll is similar to the most recent WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll, which showed him leading Grayson by 15 points.  Paul says he has ten event speeches this week, but continues to keep regular office hours.  He was introduced to some establishment Republicans at the Kentucky Derby.