Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - In the first faceoff of the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Kentucky, Republican Rand Paul and
Democrat Jack Conway each tried to paint the other as out of the mainstream of Kentucky voters.
Speaking at the joint session of the Kentucky County Judge Executives Association and Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association, each candidate strained to identify both his own views and the views of his opponent.
"Jack's going to have to articulate, does he agree with President Obama about allowing the estate tax to come back? Does he agree with President Obama that we're going to raise the income tax rates again?" said Paul, "Raising taxes in the middle of a recession is a disaster. It could turn a recession into a depression. But he will have to distance himself from this president and his party if he wishes to have any chance in Kentucky. We'll see if he can do this and do this in a believable way."
While Paul tried to paint Conway in the same light as President Obama and national Democrats, Conway dismissed Paul's message.
"Accountability is not going on national TV and saying that's it's un-American to after British Petroleum. Accountability is not having a world view where you think that government should basically never touch business, whatsoever," Conway continued, "Accountability is not musing out loud that if you were Governor Fletcher that you would just pardon yourself and all your aides. Accountability is not saying you favor term limits except when they apply to you."