By Jack Brammer and Bill Estep – firstname.lastname@example.org
MAYFIELD – Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway told several hundred people at a Graves County party breakfast Saturday morning that voters must reject the “ignorance” of Republican Rand Paul in the Nov. 2 general election.
“We have to beat back this ignorance, this intolerance and give to the people the government they deserve,” Conway said to loud cheers, adding, “We have the campaign to do it.”
Paul, during an interview after the Graves County Republican breakfast at Graves County High School, said Conway’s problem is that “he will have to run as far as he can from President Obama’s policy.
“He can call me names. That’s OK. But he knows he has Obama to deal with.”
During his speech to about 300 Republicans at the breakfast, Paul noted what will likely be a liability for Conway among many voters: the unpopularity of Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Bring Nancy down,” Paul challenged Conway. “I’ll buy her plane ticket. Bring the president down. They’re unpopular in Kentucky because their ideas and their issues are wrong.”
Asked what will happen if Conway uses TV campaign ads to declare that Paul is ignorant and intolerant, Paul said, “We will match him every dollar. People who know me know that I am not intolerant.”
Conway accused his opponent of being “against just about every single government program except those that feather his own nest.”
He mentioned Paul’s decision to break a previous pledge and accept campaign contributions from members of Congress who voted for federal bailouts, Paul’s refusal to term-limit himself even though he supports term-limits generally, and his claims of balancing the federal budget next year without offering specifics this year.
Conway invited attendees to the afternoon Fancy Farm picnic to visit “Rand Paul’s Waffle House,” which Conway’s campaign will staff.
Conway started his speech by alluding to his misstep at last year’s Fancy Farm picnic when he described himself as a “tough son of a bitch.”
The profanity received heavy media attention and caused picnic organizers to put a ban on salty language. Conway later apologized for it.
At Saturday’s breakfast, Conway said he wanted to quote the late President Harry Truman and, “Give them heck.”
Conway also called Republican Senate President David Williams, who is considering a bid for governor next year, the “sourpuss from Burkesville.”