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Jack Conway, Rand Paul offer divergent views on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

September 23, 2010 | | Comments Comments
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 — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway says gays should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, while his Republican rival, Rand Paul, says the military should decide the issue.

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates were asked their opinions on the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the wake of this week’s unsuccessful effort by Democrats in the U.S. Senate to repeal it. Paul and Conway are vying on the Nov. 2 ballot for the seat now held by Republican Jim Bunning, who is retiring.

When Conway was asked at a Louisville news conference this week whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, he said “yes,” without elaborating.

Paul’s campaign spokesman, Gary Howard, said Thursday in an e-mail without elaboration, “Dr. Paul believes this is a matter that should be decided by the leadership of the military, not through political posturing.”

Republicans in the U.S. Senate this week stopped a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when Democrats attached an amendment seeking the repeal to a defense bill.

Republicans said a Pentagon study on the impact of ending the policy should be completed before there is any move toward repeal.

Democrats also failed to advance an immigration measure that was attached to the defense spending authorization bill. The so-called DREAM Act would allow citizenship for illegal immigrants who are serving in the U.S. military or attending American colleges.

The Paul campaign this week issued a news release contending that “Washington liberals are trying to push through the so-called DREAM Act, which creates an official path to Democrat voter registration for 2 million college-age illegal immigrants.”

Paul called the DREAM Act “the Washington elitists’ roundabout way of giving amnesty to illegal immigrant students and undermining the rule of law.”

Paul was in Louisville on Thursday to pick up an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business.

At a news conference in which he limited questions to business issues and only from Kentucky media, Paul repeated his support to make permanent the tax cuts enacted in the administration of President George W. Bush. Conway also has called for extending the tax cuts.

Asked how the government would pay for making the Bush tax cuts permanent, Paul said, “Republicans should propose cuts. Republicans have typically been good at cutting taxes but not good in cutting federal spending.”

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  1. SSG Marcus says:

    Rand sort of has the right view let the Military decide. My opinion is don’t ask don’t tell is wrong. Having served I have to admit I would not want to share a room, shower or blood with a flamer. It would bust the moral of America’s finest. How would you like to be shot up needing blood and end up with some homosexual blood in your body risking AIDs. There should be a tougher screening process and it should be ask and tell then deny.

  2. Della says:

    SSG Marcus, you are an idiot.

  3. SSG Marcus says:

    Della, Walk a mile or 20 with my ruck. All the pundits and politicians can talk all they want about gay in the service. What I want to hear is how service men feel about serving with gays. Their opinions are the only ones that matter. These are the men who sacrifice giving liberals the ability to destroy America from with in.

    Think about this. Our GIs are treated real bad when captured by muslims. Just think how their treatment would be if they were a known flamer. Keep in mind muslims kill flamers on the spot. Think about the moral boost muslims will get knowing now they are fighting homos. Sure boost the enemies moral and break the American fighting men’s. That makes perfect sense.

    It is wrong for them to serve and puts everybody around them in jeopardy and even the flamer themselves. How could a normal GI treat a gaping chest wound of a know flamer knowing there could be AIDs in his blood.

  4. Della says:

    Like I said.

  5. Della says:

    Just a different point of view.

  6. Della says:

    SSG Margus, I apolgize. You have a right to your opinion.

  7. SSG Marcus says:

    Della have you or any others in favor of this ever served in the military? If not then you are not entitled to an opinion on this matter. This is strictly and should be kept a military matter and not a political movement. Quit using the military as a gay movement tool, our boys have enough to put up with as it is.

  8. Della says:

    Sorry, I retreat.

  9. Buck Feshear says:

    SSG Marcus, your opinions would have more validity and credibility if you would express yourself in more civilized language and not use hateful words and epithets. Surely you are able to express your opinions in a more intelligent manner.

  10. Tommy Caudill says:

    My father served in Korea and he said he had no problem with anyone serving their country regardless of their sexual orientation. My brother served four years at Fort Bragg 121st Airborne and he said he didn’t have a problem with anyone serving regardless of sexual orientation.

    As far as the blood you’re afraid of, you do realize any and all blood given to anyone is tested before it is ever used, don’t you?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tommy Caudill, I was going to leave this one alone, but your comments are just plain silly. Do you think that all the blood you come in contact with in battle is donated and tested? Seriously? What about the blood gushing out of a gaping wound? That is the blood that Marcus was talking about. Blood from a battle wound, that the wounded man’s platoon is going to have to figure out how to handle in the field, not donated blood in a clinical setting.

    I’m not saying he’s right or wrong. I haven’t served, and I don’t feel I know enough to decide. But if you are going to comment on his opinion, comment on his opinion, not something made up.

  12. Michelle says:

    Just one more case of Paul being a puppet of the GOP, even though he’s supposedly running as an “Outsider.”

  13. jimbo says:

    The idea of letting the military decide their own issues is an interesting one. On one side there would be no blacks or women in the military, opening up lots of opportunities for poorly educated good ol’ boys. On the other side maybe we wouldn’t get into so many worthless wars that our leaders crave, by jingo.

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