Conway blasts Paul's views on fighting drugs

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway says his Republican opponent's views about federal assistance for local drug enforcement would "handcuff" police efforts to combat illegal drugs.

Conway told reporters Monday that the federal government's role in combating drug abuse in Kentucky offers a clear choice between him and Republican Rand Paul.

Paul has said he wants to cut federal funding for undercover drug investigations and drug treatment programs. His campaign said in a statement Monday that Paul believes in maximum control by the state, rather than dictates from Washington.

Conway, the state's attorney general, favors using federal money. He made the comments while accepting the endorsement of the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police.

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