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Paul to offer different options to balance budget

August 26, 2010 | | Comments 46
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UPDATED on 8/28/10

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul hedged Thursday on his pledge to erase the federal budget deficit in a year, offering several options that he said could get it done within five if his most ambitious proposal falls short.

Paul, a tea party favorite for his limited government views, said in an interview on WHAS-AM that he’ll introduce five budget-balancing options if he defeats his Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Jack Conway.

“If you’re not willing to balance it in five years, you’re not a serious person,” he said.

Paul’s campaign later said he intends to introduce a proposal to balance the budget in a year. But it will offer alternatives that would balance it in two to five years if the one-year plan fails to pass Congress.

“He will vote against and filibuster any unbalanced budget,” his campaign said in a statement. “And he will introduce a balanced budget amendment.”

In his interview, Paul also reiterated his long-standing assertion that everything in the budget needs to be looked at for downsizing, elimination or privatization.

Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley said Paul refuses to offer “a straight answer on his secret plans to balance the budget in a year,” and now is “waffling on the amount of time it will take.”

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  1. HLHartman says:

    Really? Reality is starting to bleed into his campaign world. Paul is a joke, backtracking every other week.

  2. McAllisterBryant says:

    color me shocked

  3. JDub says:

    At least Paul wants to reduce the defecit all Conman wants to do is spend more and increase the defecit.

  4. ct stewart says:

    How can anyone member of congress reduce or raise the deficit; and how does jdub know what conway wants to do…this race is insaner and insaner!

  5. FormerDemocrat says:

    This AP article is false. Another article claimed he had a plan for one year, two years and/or five years.

    Get your smear attack straight!

  6. Mike CQ says:

    Typical for the tea partiers.. Throw out a bunch of garbage and some will stick, but they seem to have zero substance.
    If I were a partier, I could say I can walk on water and have some members believe I was the second coming of the savior not realizing I was kidding..
    When will some of these people wake up?

  7. Publius says:

    It will take him longer than that. If Paul had read the Constitution, he’d know that revenue measures must be initiated in the House. Maybe he’s running for the wrong job.

  8. The General says:

    Isn’t it funny that Rand attacked Trey for saying we might need a 10 year plan to balance the budget?

  9. David says:

    It’s because the deficit has gone so much higher since he talked about it last time.

  10. jdobbs3 says:

    Oh big suprise here…another republican flip flopping. Rand Paul is Sarah Palin but with an MD. It’s a good thing WHAS didn’t ask him some old school Katie Couric questions like what newspapers he reads! But then he’d just say they were a liberal news network. You bet ya!

  11. BarryNBG says:

    Raise your hand if you heard the interview.

    *Raising Hand*

    This article is bull. He said if he doesn’t get it accomplished in year one he has a two year, three year and so forth. He’s wanting to go up there and be a pain in the backside to try to get our fiscal house in order. Who (other than Conway’s demoted spokesperson) could be against that?

  12. Stateboy says:

    Let’s see – 5 years would put him smack in the middle of a re-election campaign should we be so unfortunate. Just don’t see this happening. Remember all the promises made by Republicans in the “Contract with America” in 1994 – they didn’t happen either.

  13. dixxiecrat says:

    The republicans promised us term limits in ’94, all they can do is offer false promises to get elected and then nothing happens. Whitfield remains in congress and he promised term limits, he did not introduce any such bill. The republicans are frauds.

  14. TIM ROUTTE says:

    Are you kidding me? Pls tell me you’re kidding me! Can this guy REALLY be in serious contention for such a critical position at such a critical time? He has no knowledge of the issues, no qualifications for public office, and no idea of the potential damage he would bring down upon every individual in this state. If the great people of this great commonwealth are gullible enough to fall for this carpetbagger BS and elect this guy then may the LORD have mercy upon us all. His campaign slogan should read “ELECT RAND PAUL, THE FINAL NAIL”

  15. The General says:

    I don’t know Barry. I thought we were going to have hyperinflation if we don’t elect more people like Rand Paul and Alex Jones.

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  17. dAVIDaDAMS says:

    Rand said if they don’t buy one year, how’s two sound?
    Nah??? How about…five?
    Heck, I don’t know. Talk to my dad. He’s got 27 years of knowing what not to o.

  18. pat says:

    Where’s the plan Rand? Why don’t you impress us with your top secret balanced budget? I would love to see the math that keeps the Bush tax cuts and balances the budget even taking five years. Sorry not possible. Unless you abolish Medicare, Social Security, and Military Spending, that is what makes up most of the budget. Not the less than 5% that makes up the Dept of Ed, EPA, Dept of Ag, non-discretionary spending, and Dept of Commerce combined. Duh!!! So if he’s going to end Med/SS, why doesn’t he campaign on that? Why doesn’t he tell KY seniors that he wants to take away their support. He has called it a Ponzi scheme in the past, he says that we should defund the programs immediately. Heck we should just close down the federal government and just have state government. Rand’s words, not mine. The Individual States of America, if the Pauls have their way.
    Would the real Rand Paul, please stand up? Rand in his own words.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTRJiqX_2M0&feature=related

    Side note, why doesn’t Rand brush his hair anymore?

  19. William says:

    This article is truly disingenous. This blog should be ashamed. Here is a link to an article with all of the details of what Paul actually said. Amazing, just amazing. http://www.kentucky.com/2010/08/26/1408289/paul-to-offer-different-options.html

    Sadly, it looks like the H-L changed their own article to make it more negative. Pathetic.

  20. Tommy Caudill says:

    Rand Paul’s Bio from his Twitter page “Location: Bowling Green, KY
    Bio: Dr. Paul has been married to his loving wife, Kelley, for 19 years and has three boys. Rand Paul is a career doctor, not a politician.” Not a politician? Why is he running for the Senate if he’s not a politician?

  21. The General says:

    Too bad most Paulbots think the world is going to end in 2012. So much for the five year plan

  22. Tommy Caudill says:

    General,

    You know that’s true they do but if they were true believers and knew the Bible, they would know not even the Angels in Heaven know when that’s going to happen.

  23. John57 says:

    “This article is truly disingenous. This blog should be ashamed. Here is a link to an article with all of the details of what Paul actually said. Amazing, just amazing. Sadly, it looks like the H-L changed their own article to make it more negative. Pathetic.”

    William, how is it that republicans and carpet…er…IO meant tea baggers…er…tea partiers like yourself find it acceptable to completely misrepresent peoples comments and make such blatantly hypocritical, not to mention fallacious statements with a straight face??? You are the only “disingenuous” one “changing” anything to make it more negative. What Paul actually said and was stated in the article is this:

    Paul, who is a tea party favorite, said anyone serious about balancing the budget should propose doing so in five years.

    There is nothing disingenuous in the HL’s comments at all. Based on his comments, if we are to take Paul’s options to eliminate the deficit seriously, then we can only consider his option that will take five years. And that begs the question if one must propose a five year plan to eliminate the deficit to be taken seriously, why did he bother to offer the first four???

    Seems to me if only one of his five options are valid, then he can only be taken seriously 20% of the time…

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  25. Bob says:

    Rand Paul’s Waffle House-flipping positions faster than a jet plane.

  26. William says:

    John57,

    All he did was present a slate of different options for balancing the budget. One option would do it in one year. Clearly that is Rand Paul’s preference!

    But, Rand Paul also knows where he is going if he is elected, which is Washington, D.C. And at the moment, it’s run by Democrats and by a few Republicans who cannot seem to keep their appetite for spending in control (in good times or bad, General). So he’s coming up with as many options as he can to balance the budget. He’s come up with 5 different ways to do it. He’s being flexible, and I can’t understand how that is a bad thing. How many has Jack Conway offered?

  27. William says:

    Furthermore, my beef with the H-L article is that it claims he has “backtracked” from trying to balance the budget in one year, but that’s simply not the case. It’s still his number one option. Here’s what the article (originally) said before it was politicized to paint Paul as a backtracker (see my link above, which I’m sure you did not click, and notice how the “backtracking” language has been added and some of the important detail removed): Paul said in an interview on WHAS-AM radio on Thursday that he’ll introduce five different options for balancing the budget. One would do it in one year. Others would do it in two, three, four or five years.

    Paul, who is a tea party favorite, said anyone serious about balancing the budget should propose doing so in five years.

    Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/08/26/1408289/paul-to-offer-different-options.html#ixzz0xoLQE2xl

    Paul is serious about doing it in one year, and I certainly expect he will vote that way…but he realizes not everybody is. So if it’s got to be five, that’s better than nothing–i.e., Conway’s plan.

  28. Marion County says:

    Laughing. Is there any issue that this guy has not backtracked on? What are Kentuckians to believe?
    1. His Civil Rights statements or the backtracked oness?
    2. Drugs are not a “pressing issue in EKY” or the backtracked ones?
    3. His American with Disability statements of his backtracked ones?
    4. His term limits statements or the backtracked ones?
    5. Balance the budget in one year or the backtracked ones?
    The bottom line is that Rand Paul does not have core convictions. It is easy to see.

  29. William says:

    Marion County: I’ll tackle that challenge–

    Laughing. Is there any issue that this guy has not backtracked on? What are Kentuckians to believe?
    1. His Civil Rights statements or the backtracked ones? No backtracking here–even Politifact made clear he said he would never repeal it.
    2. Drugs are not a “pressing issue in EKY” or the backtracked ones? Never said that drugs are not a pressing issue in any general sense, just that he didn’t think the election would hinge on that in voters minds. Go back and review the articles.
    3. His American with Disability statements of his backtracked ones? Not sure what you’re referring to here.
    4. His term limits statements or the backtracked ones? How did he backtrack here? He still advocates them as he always has, just thinks it should apply to all (even Democrats), and he’s always had that position. He’s never advocated term limiting himself and only himself out of existence. What good would that do?
    5. Balance the budget in one year or the backtracked ones? Didn’t backtrack, just offered more options; one year is still his preference (see my posts above).

  30. Tommy Caudill says:

    I’ll say one thing about one republican, Sen. Brownback said “two terms and I’m out” he stuck to his words and should be commended for doing so. As much as I disagree with his policies I will applaud him for doing what he said he was going to do. Why would you even bring up term limits if you’re not willing to put your money where your mouth is? This man is dangerous, not just for Ky. but for the country as a whole. Heck, I can tell I can balance the budget in one, two, three, four or five years, by the time the fifth year rolls around, I’ll just say well no one wanted to listen to my ideas. If you’re really interested in doing something I don’t care who you are then you’ll get it done if you have to stand on the chamber floor for a month. Eventually people will stand up and take notice if you really have something to offer.

  31. FormerDemocrat says:

    You people are pathetic, Paul is running for Term-Limits for every congressman (not just himself) and Jack Conway doesn’t support them for ANYONE.

    But, liberals are driving the talking points and making a big deal about Paul not taking a voluntary pledge that only applies to himself, IF ELECTED.

    Jack Conway has already worked in politics longer than Rand Paul could hope to, wake up Kentucky!

  32. Tommy Caudill says:

    Why even bring term-limits up, if you’re not willing to be the first? It’s like saying, I’m gonna jump off the bridge as soon as someone else does, so I know how much it hurts before I do.

  33. William says:

    Tommy,

    That’s a terrible analogy for this situation.

  34. Marion County says:

    William,
    Keep smoking. Name one lected official Democrat or Republican who agrees with Rand Paul and has had the GUTS to admit it publicly on the drug issue?

  35. Gottalight? says:

    What Paulards don’t know is if he is elected he will be relegated to “Just vote “R”, sit down, and shut up.

    “Daddy!!”

    He’s not flexible. He’s lost. He’s only saying what he thinks people want to hear to get elected. Then….I just said that in the general campaign.

  36. serah says:

    Who is this Paul guy ???

  37. phyre says:

    Dr. Paul…Sentor Mc Connell on line two…

    “Con-Man, Addison the Lipless Wonder here.”
    “Shut you pie-hole over this fixing the deficit stuff”, “These tax-cuts for the top 2% are adding $400 trillion to the deficit son, catch my drift?” “Lay off the Aqua Buddha Dude.”

    Ciao babe.

  38. Rod says:

    To put this in perspecive, the federal defict … started by Bush and expanded like a crack addict by this rediculous regime currently in power literally couldn’t be erased according to the GAO if we taxed EVERY working American at 100% for one year. Paul’s probably being too optimistic if anything for a five year plan. Conversly, Conman’s only plan is to keep spending money like there is no tommorrow and attack the fact that Paul acually has some idea to adress the problem.

  39. Tommy Caudill says:

    Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge http://bit.ly/dvDyrv

  40. Tommy Caudill says:

    Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge http://bit.ly/dvDyrv

    If you read this article, it’s pretty amazing anyone would trust what any republican says. Just goes to show the lack of economics from the right.

  41. Rod says:

    “Just goes to show the lack of economics from the right.”

    Obama just blew that theory out of the water. $3.7 T to all the fat cat, Wall Street, crowd and we’re still on the edge of a double dip and 10% unemployment. I though you Liberals were against Big Buisness and for the Little Guys???

  42. Tommy Caudill says:

    Rod,

    Were you asleep October, 2008? Anyone ho was awake knows it was the Bush administration that bailed out Wall Street and not the Obama administration.

  43. dAVIDaDAMS says:

    Bush did? Just like that? No Democrat Congress for, oh, two years? I won’t vote for Paul (clown) but please, get you facts straight.

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  45. Ish says:

    Paul is like a fish out of water in the bottom of your boat.

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