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

Kentucky candidates hit touchy subject

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Eli

    What is strange about what Rand Paul said?

    To suggest that American involvement in the affairs of other countries won't have any effect is just plain ignorant. Obviously it will, and makes attacks like 9/11 more likely.

    That is a seperate issue from whether our involvement is necessary. In some cases the increased risk of attacks on the U.S. could be outweighed by the threat to our security (including economic security) that could be posed if we don't intervene.

    In any foreign adventure, the benefits of what we hope to acheive should be weighed carefully against the expected costs (and creating anti-American feeling that could boost terrorism is one of those costs.) Once the benefits and costs have both been carefully considered the President makes a judgment call and we either go in or we don't.

    March 30, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. steven harnack

    The quickest way to be attacked by Republicans these is to say something that makes sense and also happens to be true,

    March 30, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    If anything the GOP better start accepting Rand's Views more often or face extinction. Less Neo conservatism and more Libertarianism.

    March 30, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. gino

    Why did you post that scurrilous rant about the pope when this story had nothing to do with that topic. Can't you read? Where is the monitoring?

    March 30, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Jin

    More of the same from Bush era Repugnicans. I am no fan of the Pauls, but this crap-as-politics has GOT TO STOP!!!

    March 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Hap

    Please Kentucky you have a real opportunity to change the course of the republican party. Based on this small sampling of Mr. Paul's thoughts I'm encouraged there are still reasonable people in the GOP willing to openly share their thoughts. This shows he's willing to consider alternative views something not currently allowed in the party.

    March 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Betty

    This is going to be an interesting race. When it comes to Trey Grayson, he is too much influenced by Obama and the lefties, I would be unable to trust him. When it comes to Paul Rand, he would be more apt to get my vote, but, he too has some baggage to throw around, he is against the Coal mining, and that is what so many Kentuckians do to make a living and support their families, so maybe we should just eliminate both. We must continue to watch the "trash" that each are tossing at each other and try to see who has the dirtiest trash!!! Betty

    March 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. normajean

    IF 911 WAS OUR FAULT, JUST REMEMBER FOLKS, IN HAPPENED DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. This president, Obama, has been blamed for enough things he had nothing to do with.

    March 30, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. the truth is

    it's time to get rid of every Kentucky senator who has made a career in Washington. McConnell and Bunning need to go.

    Please VOTE THEM OUT!

    March 30, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. IEK

    9/11 might have happened because these people don't like what we're doing in that part of the world. That's a "strange idea"? Sometimes I think there's no hope for the Republican Party.

    March 30, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Desmond in Canada

    RAND PAUL IS RIGHT. 9/11 DID TAKE PLACE AS A DIRECT RESULT OF US FOREIGN POLICY BEFORE OBAMA SHOWED UP! No "May be" about it, despite the spin doctors of the "Bushed" era. At least one Republican is trying to be honest.

    March 30, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    According to the right wing, apparently the only rationale that is acceptable as a possible explanation for why terrorists target the US is because "They hate our freedoms". Any intellectual discourse beyond that is considered unpatriotic.

    March 30, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. RH

    Dare to suggest that America is less than blameless in anything and you'll be crucified by the mouth breathers. Better luck next time, Paul.

    March 30, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. ED FL

    Anyone else will be an improvement. Kentucky has at this time probably the two dumbest men in the state and congress. electing a donkey would be an improvement over the current office holders.Low educational standards are the reason that the State keeps the low standard for their representatives.

    March 30, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Hawk in Texas

    Just when will the republicans stop using 911? after all it happened on their watch . they were warned that this was going to happen and ignored it. just shows how stupid that they are. they think that the scare tactics will keep working.

    March 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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