Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is again clarifying a comment that stoked controversy and disdain last week, when he was quoted as saying the drug problem is not a "real pressing issue" to voters in eastern Kentucky.
In eastern Kentucky over the weekend, Paul stressed that drugs are a serious problem. WYMT-TV's Mountain News spoke to him at a Coal Appreciation Day event:
"I'm a physician and a father of three teenage boys, and I'm very concerned about drugs. I think we need to do everything we can to stop drugs," Paul said.
However, he says using federal money to battle the drug problem is not working.
"Rand Paul just doesn't get it. He doesn't get Kentucky. He doesn't get or understand this issue," said Jack Conway, Democrat Candidate for the US Senate.
Conway says drugs are a major problem in eastern Kentucky, and believes the government needs to work more with local law enforcement to help.