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Paul campaign: If you can do it we can too

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog)  The campaign manager for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is all but admitting that a Rand Paul television commercial takes comments of rival Republican Trey Grayson out of context, but  suggests it's justified because the ad was produced only after a Grayson campaign ad took Paul's comments out of context, first.

"All's fair in love and war," David Adams said by telephone Wednesday afternoon, adding that the response ad served its purpose in nullifying Grayson's original attack ad that used a video clip of Paul saying:

 "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."

The Paul campaign originally responded with a news release that said "Trey Grayson clearly takes Paul's comments out of context and attempts to imply that Dr. Paul is anti-coal," then the Paul campaign went one step further and demonstrated how it could twist Grayson's words:

"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?"

At that point, the Paul campaign appeared to be implying that it would not participate in the "political game."

Yet, the next day the Rand Paul campaign released an ad that used a portion of the same Grayson quote cited in the demonstration  of how to take a quote out of context.  The commercial bordered on parody by using a video of Grayson in his role as Secretary of State congratulating President Barack Obama upon his inauguration as evidence that Grayson is "a friend of Obama. No friend of coal."

What's good for the goose is good for the gander?

"That's right," Adams said.