October 11th, 2010
10:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Kentucky Senate candidates face off

(CNN) - How much is too much? Government spending and reducing the deficit were the major themes of the second Kentucky Senate debate on Monday between Democratic candidate Jack Conway and Republican candidate Rand Paul.

Conway, the state's attorney general, spent the majority of the debate attacking Paul's positions on cutting government programs.

He criticized Paul's views on minimum wage requirements, Social Security funding and his proposal of a $2,000 deductible for Medicare recipients.

Paul, an eye surgeon and the son of Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, defended his positions on cutting government spending as vital to reducing the deficit.

Invoking the memory of the late President Ronald Reagan, Paul made a push for smaller government. "We can't simply stick our head in the sand and say 'We have to keep passing out checks because that's what we're supposed to do,'" Paul said.

Conway touted his own record on budgetary issues, saying "I've balanced my budget eight times as state attorney general."

As in the previous Senate debate, Paul focused on painting his opponent as a "career politician," saying, "I'm proud of being an outsider."

Paul, a Tea Party-backed candidate, repeatedly tied Conway to Obama administration policies such as the stimulus bill, bank bailouts and health care.

"This election is not about President Obama," Conway said in response, "This is about Jack Conway and Rand Paul."

Conway insisted that he is an "independent Democrat," who isn't afraid to break with his party on key issues, including the surge in Afghanistan, extending the Bush tax cuts and lowering the estate tax.

Paul hit back, saying Conway was a "flip-flopper" in his views on Bush-era tax cuts and the estate tax, and challenged him to "Step up and be a man, take a chance, say you're for something."

Recent polling shows Conway is eroding Paul's lead in the battle for retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning's seat.

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  1. King

    Capitalism means supply and demand. The demand part are the poor and middle class that buy goods at the local stores, supermarkets, restaurants, movie theatre, clothing stores at the mall. These people creat demands that drives business and creat jobs. The main source of income for these people is government. Via teachers, police, firemen, government workers, welfarand food stamp recipeans. Cutting government and jobs for these economy drivers will devastate the local businesses leaving the local area a ghost town. Dems youve got to fight for the people that spend money and hardly save that creat demand and jobs in our local economy. I dont see any rich folk shopping in our local stores.

    October 11, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. King

    These repugs claim we are a capitalistic society and they dont have a clue how it works. Capitalism is a fragile system it encompass two system that must work in unisent if one of these two system should fail it could be castrostrapic. a demand system involves buyers that usually are the middle class and poor. They are the spending force. The rich caters to this force providing supply and jobs back to the people. Creatin a cycle Thats capitalism

    October 11, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Paul is an idiot and has no idea what is in a budget and what can be cut. Some outlays are written in a budget by law. There aren't a lot of choices for cutting budgets, either state or national. Politicians who run on that are fools. But they get elected and do nothing. Or as Bush did ran up a huge deficit while the GOP did nothing about it.

    October 11, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. Thomas Atilla Lewis

    Absolutely no mention of Conway completely flummoxing Paul over the Civil Rights bill. That was a showstopper moment and somehow CNN missed it.

    October 11, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. why?

    Rand Paul doesn't want to charge anyone with medicare, or that will get medicare in the near future, a 2000 deductible.

    He's said that over and over again, and yet every time, as in this article, he is misquoted! Fix your reporting; Rand Paul was talking about this idea in the context of a lot of things and in the far future to make it keep working, we might need to do it; NOT for current or near future people!

    October 12, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. barry

    Rand Paul beat the socks off of Conway. Even Conway's mother would have to agree. Bye Bye Pathetic Little Dem

    October 12, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear Mr Paul in words of one syllable at a time please tell us all how, when, where, and why you are going to cut government spending and reduce the deficit.
    Do not talk Health care it costs nothing until 2014 government wise. Shutting down stimulus has a severe risk of being job creation or maintenance negative big time, and G20 disagrees on repealing financial reforms. In fact in America's case they think ( as well as IMF) more stimulus is needed!? Like in infrastructure investment.
    Tarp was The last large Bi partisan legislation passed in a Republican Presidential era. Why do you want to repeal this as well when all it would mean is that big banks will not have to pay back outstanding Tarp money, or did I miss some big business connection here!!??
    Before I vote for either you or your opposition I want to hear clear and simple as a Tea party candidate your position on the first ammendment ( freedom of religion) the second 14th and 17th amendments no rhetoric please just specific ideas ( draft words) on amendments you would support in the House and Senate or as is if that's what you think and would support.
    Need to know what I am or am not voting for after all.

    October 12, 2010 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  8. Marry

    I watched the debate and listen to the two candidates. There is a startling difference between the two candidates! Jack Conway has a broad and tough full approach with very good and realistic ideas and solutions that will help you and the country. Rand Paul has nothing to offer YOU. He complains about all the deficits (the GOP run up and blames now on the President) but in the same sentences refuses to pay taxes. Please, just to cut everything the people NEED, without compensating and investing in the country seem to be the orders of the 2 % that are Rand Paul real clientele. They do not need/want these services and the regulatory work of the Government – but YOU do! Please go out and vote! But vote informed, responsible and smart!

    October 12, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  9. Charles W. Skinner

    "This election is not about President Obama," Conway said in response, "This is about Jack Conway and Rand Paul."

    Actually, Mr. Attorney General Conway, this election is ENTIRELY about President Obama, and whether or not Mr. Conway will be a rubber stamp for the President's agenda that the American people have soundly REJECTED. The People of Kentucky KNOW what you have said, and know you support the President's largely socialistic policies, and thus are REJECTING you as a candidate. The People of Kentucky also KNOW that Rand Paul will stand in the gap, fighting hard against unconstitutional mandates, uncontrolled spending and unwise social engineering policy, all of which Mr. Conway would support. Rand Paul is going to TROUNCE Mr. Conway on Nov. 2nd.

    October 12, 2010 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  10. JonDie

    The Tea Party is an anarchist movement that seeks to create so much chaos that private corporations will take over ALL the functions of government with no controls whatsoever so that profits can be maximized. Not surprisingly, Paul is from Kentucky, where one in ten persons has not a single tooth in his or her mouth...due to a lack of health care services.

    October 12, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. Keith Sillsbury

    Souhds like rand is running scared. Why won't any of these right wingnuts talk about a plan of how to do these things. I want details if you want my vote. Don't say you will do it. Show me. SHOW ME.

    October 12, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |