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Conway and Paul argue about stances on farms, coal

Democrat Jack Conway, left, and Republican Rand Paul are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Democrat Jack Conway, left, and Republican Rand Paul are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

By Jack Brammer – jbrammer@herald-leader.com

LOUISVILLE – The two candidates for U.S. Senate accused each other Thursday of misrepresenting their views on issues ranging from farms to energy.

Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway participated in a two-hour forum held by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board of Directors at the organization’s state headquarters.

Conway accused Paul of wanting to abolish the U.S. Department of Agriculture and end federal farm subsidies.

Meanwhile, Paul contended that Conway supports a “carbon tax” on the carbon content of fuels to deal with energy problems.

Both candidates disputed the others’ claims.

Also during the forum, Paul said he would vote for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for leadership. It was his strongest endorsement for McConnell. But Paul said later at a news conference that he’s always supported McConnell and he considered hypothetical questions about whom he’d vote for in Senate leadership.

Conway said at a news conference that he is confident that he will be able to bring the state Democratic Party together. But he did not elaborate on whether he would fulfill a request by Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, his opponent in the primary, to help raise money to pay off Mongiardo’s campaign debt.

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  1. BarryNBG says:

    Meanwhile no Kentucky media will cover Jack after this event. Guy says he’s a moderate and then runs to Harry Reid’s state to meet with the convention of the most liberal bloggers where their guest speaker was Van Jones.

    I guess reporting on Democrats happens on the borders edge.