Rand Paul distances himself from Libertarian Party

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 8:30 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Rand Paul says his conservative views on social issues and his willingness to judiciously use military force abroad put him at odds with the Libertarian Party that some have tried to associate him with.

The Republican U.S. Senate nominee told syndicated conservative talk show host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that he doesn't fit the mold of a Libertarian. In doing so, Paul distanced himself from the political party that his father represented in a presidential election in 1988.

Paul said he doesn't have the liberal bent of the Libertarian Party on social issues, including abortion, which he opposes. And Paul said he disagrees with the Libertarian Party's position that the U.S. military shouldn't be sent abroad.

The campaign of Democratic candidate Jack Conway is criticizing Paul, saying that he is changing his words and his positions and staying away from the national media

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