March 30th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Kentucky candidates hit touchy subject

A new ad targeting Rand Paul, who is seeking a Senate seat, addresses 9/11.
A new ad targeting Rand Paul, who is seeking a Senate seat, addresses 9/11.

Washington (CNN) – With just six weeks remaining until the Kentucky Senatorial primary, the two front-runners for the Republican nomination are locked in a war of words over the most sensitive of topics: 9/11.

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson released an ad over the weekend in which the narrator accuses opponent Rand Paul, a physician and son of former GOP presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, of dodging debates in order to hide "his strange ideas."

The ad hits Paul over his opposition to the Patriot Act, before switching topics to 9/11.

"Paul even wonders whether 9/11 was our [America's] fault," the narrator says.

The ad then shows a clip of Paul discussing foreign policy in 2009. "Maybe some of the bad things that happen are a reaction to our presence in some of these countries," Paul says.

A companion Web video posted online features imagery that harkens back to the 2008 Presidential campaign.

The 90-second video attempts to link Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Rand Paul by showing clips of the two separately discussing 9/11 that alternate at high speed.

The Paul campaign responded Tuesday with its own ad, in which Paul calls Grayson's ad a below-the-belt blow.

"[A] desperate Trey Grayson is using September 11th to attack my integrity and my patriotism. Trey Grayson, your shameful TV ad is a lie, and it dishonors you," Paul says in the ad.

Grayson and Paul are running to succeed fellow Republican Jim Bunning, who is not making a bid for re-election this year. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo are the leading contenders for the Democratic senate nomination.


Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul • Trey Grayson
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Army Vet

    Look at the leaders of the republican party. They'll eat their own childre if they had to.

    March 30, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. The Jenneral

    Cut and paste Republican freak show scare tactics. Looks like Paul has some good points.

    March 30, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. shucks

    Keep fighting guys, it only makes it easier for the democrats.

    March 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. JIMpnw

    How can it not be?I THINK HE IS DEAD ON .

    March 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Dave

    Simple question is: did our government under bush/cheney, not act on intelligence that would've prevented 9/11??
    If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. The gop just hates New York. Maybe they LET IT HAPPEN. Smackdown on the big apple and 70% positive ratings for bush. Not too wild an idea?

    March 30, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. ran

    Good let them fight it out. Neither is going to win anyway because either a True Democrat or Independent is going to win.

    That is what is going to happen all over the country in the 2010 elections. We are not going to reward the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans a single win.

    March 30, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    "Maybe some of the bad things that happen are a reaction to our presence in some of these countries," Paul says.

    The fact that such a reasonable statement is viewed as a bad thing speaks volumes about the National Republican Party in general and the GOP in Kentucky in particular.

    These are, after all, the folks that sent us Mitch McConnel so I guess we should not expect much.

    March 30, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    I do not know why I am surprised to read of Conservatives using the same tactics against each other that they use against everyone else. The theme is "Good versus Evil." Paul is depicted as evil. He says the United States deserved to be attacked, meaning that he thinks the Muslims are good and we are bad. He is interchangeable with Rev. Wright, who cursed America. He has "strange ideas."

    Of course, absolutely none of this is even slightly true. The truth is that Paul is more like his opponent Grayson than he is like Wright. Paul speculates that America may be causing some preventable resentment in other nations is certainly a reasonable point to make, I think we can all agree on that.

    My point is that Conservatives do not say those things about their opponents because they are true. They say them because they have been proven to be effective.

    March 30, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. noneofyourbusiness

    Telling a Republican lawmaker that he is behaving reprehensibly is about as informative as asking a child if they like ice cream! Both are obvious and both are a waste of a perfectly good statement.

    March 30, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Sean

    I'm getting sick and tired of the mentality in this country that leads to so many people burying their heads in the sand, insisting that America is perfect. You can love this country and still acknowledge areas where we can improve, or where we've made mistakes. That being said, yes, some of our foreign policies have very actively helped foment negative feelings towards us from other countries/cultures/societies. To ignore this is to ignore reality, and to ignore reality is to render ourselves ineffectual in rectifying the root problems that have led to some of our conflicts around the globe.

    And no, this does not mean I excuse terrorist acts like 9/11. They are completely and hideously abhorrent acts that are absolutely inexcusable. But as intelligent adults, we must look at all angles available to us as a means of keeping an attack like 9/11 from ever happening again. That includes self-reflection.

    March 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Octavian

    This is what is wrong with modern politics. Paul makes a reasoned and valid point, "Maybe some of the bad things that happen are a reaction to our presence in some of these countries". If nothing else this at least earns some consideration instead of questioning his patriotism or calling him crazy. Shame on Grayson for resorting snake politics. Grayson is another slimey salesman trying to boost his ego.

    March 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Michael

    He's right morons!!!!

    That's why terrorists hate the US – they think we're threatening their ideals by invading their countries and neighboring countries.

    Wake up 'middle America'!

    March 30, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Perry

    Right on Rand.

    Why would a smaller country or no country at all attack a behemoth like the U.S? For fun? Mere jealousy? Be real. Why would you walk up to Hulk Hogan and punch him in the eye?

    Take Iran for example. We overthrew their first democratically elected government in a CIA coup that established the Shah of Iran as the ruling power. Then we propped up Saddam Hussein to fight them after they kicked the Shah out. Gave Saddam poison gas, a WMD. Millions died. Think they might be a little PO'd at us?

    Yeah we can't let Iran have nukes, but do you think a little "Sorry, shouldn't have done that " would be a good precursor to help alleviate the problem without war?

    You are not un-American for wanting to prevent inciting MORE terrorism as well as defeat the terrorism that exists.

    And if error is found, you are not weak to correct it.

    March 30, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Rebecca Johnson

    That kind of reasoning has no place in the Republican party. God forbid people start thinking–just follow! watch your Fox news guides and listen carefully to your radio hosts and think as instructed!

    March 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. John independent from NY

    Mr Paul is an extremely valuable leader for our future. While most of the younger fiscal conservative types have run from the Republican Party and their Christian Right, Folllow by Fear tactics, there is hope with canidates such as Rand Paul. It may take a new party as the republicans are simply too fiscally liberal and against anything outside their crusty thinking on social and world issues.

    Vote for Mr PAUL , PLEASE!

    March 30, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    All real Americans oppose the Patriot Act. We opposed it at its inception, we oppose it now. It's unconstitutional. Why is that so difficult for the Repubs to understand?

    March 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. A. Smith, Oregon

    Just when you thought the Pope couldn't slink any lower!

    In court documents this Tuesday, the Pope's attorneys are filing a defense in their attempt to prevent Pope Ratz from being questioned under oath what he knew about serial pedophile clerics who raped and sodomized hundreds of children in the care of the church.

    Pope Ratz's defense team has issued three elements of defense in a ongoing child rape case in Kentucky in Pope Ratz's attempts to avoid being questioned under oath about what he knew and what he did about serial child pedophiles in the Vatican and in parishes around the world.

    1) Claiming Pope Ratz is immune from criminal charges as head of state, although that certainly didn't protect Manual Noriega former president of Panama on far lesser crimes.

    2) The ridiculous claim that Pope Ratz is not the boss of those serial pedophile clerics and clerics of the church are not employees of the Vatican. This is apparently a clear attempt to dodge monetary settlements against Pope Ratz and the Vatican itself.

    3) A claim attempting to dispute that a 1962 Vatican document obtained by a Oregon attorney representing hundreds of children raped in Oregon by Vatican clergy which appears to clearly describe the direct role of the Vatican knowing and moving pedophiles to other unsuspecting parishes where the pedophiles committed multiple new cases of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse on new child victims.

    Three men claiming they were abused by priests brought the suit against the Holy See in 2004, accusing Rome of negligence in failing to alert police or the public about priests who molested children in Kentucky.

    The preview of the legal defense, provided to the AP by a person familiar with the case, was submitted last month in the U.S. District Court in Louisville. Vatican officials declined to comment.

    The case is significant because it's the first among a handful of cases targeting Rome in the United States to reach the stage of determining whether the victims actually have a claim against the Vatican itself.

    Previous cases attempting to implicate the Vatican have failed or are pending at more preliminary stages.

    In the Kentucky suit, the men argued that U.S. diocesan bishops were employees of the Holy See, and that Rome was therefore responsible for their alleged wrongdoing in failing to report abuse.

    They charged that a 1962 Vatican document mandated that bishops not report sex abuse cases to police. The Vatican has argued that there is nothing in the document that precluded bishops from reporting pedophiles to police.

    March 30, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Tired Ant

    "Strange ideas???"

    Yes, to RINOs I would imagine protections in the constitution *WOULD* seem like a strange idea.

    March 30, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. pa. independent

    Rand is right. And as long as we support Israel we will always be hated.

    March 30, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. jay1975

    Paul, like his father, are not of the bought and paid for establishment Repubs, but for the people. That is why the "mainstream" Repubs detest them so much. He is what the party was supposed to be, but they, like the Dems, sold their sould for lobbyists and corporations.

    March 30, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes I vote Democrat but generally agree with all of Rand viewpoints except for the usual Republican talking points about how big government is bad, etc.

    Otherwise both Rand and his dad are 100% on mark for US foreign policy and how favoritism towards Israel contributes to the negative perception of America in the Muslim world.

    March 30, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. JackML

    Duh...didn't Al Qaeda make a public statement that their grudge against us is related to our support of Israel? Should we be looking at any other reason, or just accept the fact?

    March 30, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Paul even wonders whether 9/11 was our [America's] fault," the narrator says.

    YES – it was our fault because we were 'texting' while we were driving and ignored the warnings that came from EVERYWHERE!!!

    The ad is twisting Paul's words – it makes it seem as if SOMEONE was to blame (ah, BUSH)... It does not matter, a Democrat is going to beat any one of you...!! (Oh, wait a minute – Kentucky is kind of RED, right???)

    March 30, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Jim

    Does anyone care to really discover the truth about anything anymore? Does everyone want to bury their head in the sand and hope nothing bad happens? If you took away all the non-conventional weapons in the world and reverted to only simply weapons, Americans would be incapable of defending themselves because they are out of shape and lack the will to do much of anything but watch TV, play video games and loaf. Actions have consequences, all actions. Our government imposed standardized tests are just a way to prevent real truth seeking, critical thinking, and independent research and create a new government endorsed reality.

    March 30, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. shoegazer

    Well,the first step to preventing another 9/11 has already taken place,
    the Bush administration is no longer in power.

    March 30, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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