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Taco John 09-11-2010 12:28 AM

Rand Paul attracts nearly 40% of African Americans in Kentucky...
That's a pretty shocking number for a candidate who has be slandered as a racist.

Other interesting numbers:
Paul attracts 65% of the male vote.
He attracts 60% of those 50 and under.
He attracts an incredible 32% of voters who identify themselves as Moderate, and 20% of those who identify themselves as Liberal.
He attracts 60% of the college graduate vote.

Current poll: Paul 55%, Conway 40%, Undecided 5%

Survey based on likely voters:

Taco John 09-11-2010 12:30 AM

I would love to see a news reporter go into Kentucky and locate these 40-percenters and listen to how they rationalize their vote for Rand Paul despite what Maddow tried to slander him with.

InChiefsHell 09-11-2010 09:57 AM

That is very impressive...maybe CHANGE is indeed on the wind...

ROYC75 09-11-2010 12:49 PM

Living here in KY, he is going to win in a landslide.

go bo 09-11-2010 12:50 PM

i'm kinda surprised, i must admit...

he seems like a nice enough guy and appears to be quite sincere...

i don't think i've taken him seriously enough to really know his policy positions, maybe it's time to take another look...

ROYC75 09-11-2010 12:54 PM

He's real, sincere and honest.

I like NJ Gov. Christie's approach more, but both of them are capable of a WH run some day.

Calcountry 09-11-2010 01:56 PM


Originally Posted by ROYC75 (Post 6993277)
He's real, sincere and honest.

I like NJ Gov. Christie's approach more, but both of them are capable of a WH run some day.

The Obama Girl just cant get THO's w/ Christie, so I don't think he has a chance of appealing to moderates.

BucEyedPea 09-11-2010 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by Taco John (Post 6992661)
I would love to see a news reporter go into Kentucky and locate these 40-percenters and listen to how they rationalize their vote for Rand Paul despite what Maddow tried to slander him with.

I can tell ya', the left is slandering him like crazy. They are so sk'eeeeeerd!

BucEyedPea 09-11-2010 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by ROYC75 (Post 6993255)
Living here in KY, he is going to win in a landslide.

According to hard lefties, the margin is narrowing. :rolleyes:

BucEyedPea 09-11-2010 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by InChiefsHell (Post 6992900)
That is very impressive...maybe CHANGE is indeed on the wind...

We need more than Rand, as well as pops, to stem the tide. But it's a start.

RealSNR 09-11-2010 02:47 PM

This is great to see. Will be interesting to see the debates that go on between Conway and Paul. The racism schtick didn't work for the national media; I doubt it will be very successful for Conway in debate.

ROYC75 09-11-2010 06:37 PM

Unless Rand does something stupid or the left find something to RR him with, Conway will be having a dull party.

ROYC75 09-11-2010 06:41 PM

Conway critical of Paul at church picnic
LONE OAK, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway capitalized on Rand Paul’s absence from a popular political event Saturday to reinforce his message that his Republican opponent would be silent on such core Kentucky issues as drug enforcement and coal mining safety.

Conway took a playful poke at Paul for skipping the political speechmaking at the annual St. John picnic, telling the crowd: “A famous American comic once said that 90 percent of success is just showing up. I guess we win on that score.”

Paul spoke earlier in the day to a Republican crowd in the area, warning that the country faces “a day of reckoning” unless the federal government gets its massive budget deficit under control. Paul said he had a scheduling conflict that prevented him from sharing the stage with Conway at the picnic, but wouldn’t specify what kept him away.

Conway turned Paul’s absence into a theme, saying “It’s not just about showing up, it’s about speaking up.”

“This race ... presents a clear choice between my proven record of holding people accountable and protecting Kentucky families and Rand Paul, who doesn’t understand Kentucky and who doesn’t share our values,” Conway said.

Conway said his opponent would fail to seek vital federal funding for drug enforcement programs or stand up for tough regulations to protect Kentucky coal miners.

Paul found himself on the defensive on the drug issue recently after The Associated Press quoted him saying he doesn’t think drugs are a “real pressing issue” in the Senate race. Paul has since offered assurances that he realizes drug abuse is a problem.

Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton later shot back that it’s Conway who’s out of touch, saying in a statement that Kentuckians “overwhelmingly reject the agenda he shares with his liberal D.C. buddies and Barack Obama,” including the health care overhaul that the president championed.

In his speech, Conway touted his record as Kentucky’s attorney general, saying his office has cracked down on child pornographers, prescription pill traffickers and Medicaid fraud.

Conway said he would push for tax credits to spur job growth and a program to encourage lending by smaller banks. He called for “a top-to-bottom review” of trade deals, noting Kentucky lost 100,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade.

Both candidates spent the day campaigning in western Kentucky, a crucial battleground in their race to replace GOP Sen. Jim Bunning, who is retiring after two terms.

Speaking to GOP activists at a middle school, Paul kept up his constant criticism of Obama’s prescription for the nation’s economic slump and high unemployment.

“We have a different vision than the president,” Paul said. “There’s nothing inherently wrong with him, it’s that his vision is wrong. ... His vision is that we’re going to get out of this recession with more spending, more deficits. But that money just doesn’t magically appear.”

Paul advocated a free-market approach that he said would “get out of the way of business.”

Paul touts limited government and balanced budgets, and the tea party favorite vows to offer proposals to balance the federal budget if elected. Paul has said every government program should come under review for possible cuts, but has said it’s doubtful he will offer a specific budget-balancing plan before the election.

“People come to me and they say, ’Oh, you’re going to vote against this program,”’ Paul said in his speech Saturday. “I say, ’How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to simply stick your head in the sand and keep borrowing, or are you going to print it up from the Federal Reserve and dilute the value of the dollars that exist?”’

“We can’t live that way. There is a day of reckoning coming.”

Paul said continued rising deficits could further cripple the economy with higher inflation and interest rates.

ROYC75 09-11-2010 06:44 PM

Paul speaks at Sebree,Ky
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Rand Paul visited the Big Rivers Electric plant near Sebree Wednesday to "steadfastly oppose" any form of a "carbon tax" on coal.

Cap and trade legislation, which would set up a trading system to allow greenhouse gas emissions, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday it's "deader than a doornail" in the Senate.

However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has intimated it may impose such a system through administrative regulations.

"I think un-elected bureaucrats should not write laws," Paul said during a press conference in front of the Big Rivers power plant.

"People are still talking about some form of a carbon tax. Any form of a carbon tax will not be good for Kentucky.

"Joblessness across Kentucky is at a significant high. People are suffering. The current administration, President Obama and the national Democrats, do not get it. They do not get it that cap and trade will kill industry in Kentucky."

About 1,600 jobs are at the aluminum smelters here and in Hawesville, he said, and another 5,000 jobs probably depend on those aluminum jobs. The aluminum smelters cannot afford higher electric rates, nor can consumers, he said.

And there's no need to skewer the coal industry, he said. While the federal government has a legitimate interest in reducing pollution that crosses state lines, he maintained the exact extent of the problem has been exaggerated. "Some of these scientists had their conclusions drawn before they came up with their facts."

Asked if climate change were real, he replied, "It's complicated. Anyone who makes an absolute conclusion is probably overstating their conclusion."

Paul said while "we should always strive for less pollution, we're cleaner than we ever have been. Air today is 30 percent cleaner than it was in 1960. We've gotten a lot better.

"Nobody's for pollution. We all want to minimize pollution. But unless we want to go back to burning candles or riding bikes ... it's a balancing act between jobs and advanced civilization."

ROYC75 09-11-2010 06:47 PM

Paul prefers local efforts to combat drugs
DIXON, Ky. — Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says the federal government should take a backseat to local initiatives to combat drug trafficking and addiction problems afflicting Kentucky.

Paul toured a faith-based addiction recovery center at Dixon in Western Kentucky on Monday. His visit was a testament to the emergence of the drug epidemic as a key issue in his hard-fought race against Democrat Jack Conway.

Paul told reporters that he opposes federal earmarks for Operation UNITE, a federal initiative providing undercover narcotics and investigations and addiction treatment.

Paul said the anti-drug program should compete for federal funding in the traditional committee process, but said his preference is for local efforts to combat the problem.

The tea party-backed Paul said Kentucky would be better-equipped to combat the drug scourge if so many of its tax dollars weren't being shuttled to Washington, in hopes that some will return to the Bluegrass state.

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