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Paul changes ad after Conway opposition research

by Joe Arnold


Posted on October 7, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 8 at 5:56 PM

The Rand Paul campaign has changed an attack ad against Jack Conway after the Conway campaign used video evidence to refute a claim in the original ad.

Despite a video in a Conway ad released last week that shows Paul saying "the way to fix Medicare is a $2000 deductible,"  the Paul campaign originally responded that Conway was being dishonest and that “Rand Paul has never supported higher Medicare deductibles for seniors.”

The new ad removes the "never supported" wording, replacing it with "doesn't support" higher Medicare deductibles.

The change comes after the Conway campaign released a series of Paul sound bites on Monday that show six other times that Paul suggested a higher Medicare deductible, including three times that Paul specifically suggested a $2,000 deductible.

The Paul campaign says Conway is trying to scare seniors and that Paul's $2,000 deductible suggestion would only apply to people who are now in their 20's and 30's, and not to current seniors.

Conway scoffed at Paul's clarification.

"No.  He's backtracking," Conway said to reporters outside Louisville's Twig and Leaf diner on Wednesday, "He's backtracking like he has on civil rights, he's backtracking like he's backtracked on mine safety.  He's backtracking.  It's another instance where he throws something out there and he realizes that he can't sell it and he starts backtracking."

Asked what he would do to fix Medicare and its unsustainable cost projections, Conway said he would not change eligibility or deductibles ever -- even for people now in their 20's and 30's.

"No, I wouldn't change it.  I think that what we need to do is we need to allow Medicare to be more efficient."