Posted by: reddiva | February 24, 2010

When You Know the Position is Wrong


I can already see the comments the Paul bunch will leave on this one, but nothing they say can deflect the truth.  I have seen these articles published at other times and have even used some of them in my writing.  They substantiate the things I’ve said about the socially liberal viewpoints of the Libertarians – despite what David Adams would have you believe.

Even Rand Paul’s campaign manager, David Adams, knows he can’t successfully defend his candidate against the truth when it is in print right before their eyes.  Naturally, he did the only thing he could do in trying to refute this stance.  If he had merely said, “No comment,” how much of an admission would that have seemed?  So again, the Rand campaign tries to co-opt from the position of the other candidates – the VIABLE candidates.

I respect the campaign of Trey Grayson for entering into this joint press release with the Bill Johnson campaign.

Friends of Trey Grayson / Johnson Senate Committee Joint Press Release

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Contact:  Nate Hodson (Friends of Trey Grayson)
(859) 757-4349 / nate@treygrayson.com

Contact: Jennifer Walker (Johnson Senate Committee)
(270) 604-1164 / press@kentuckybill.com

Rand Paul’s False Claims on Abortion Don’t Match His Previous Statements


Florence, Kentucky

Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Businessman Bill Johnson, both Republican candidates for U.S. Senate issued the following response today to the claims contained in Rand Paul’s radio ad on the topic of abortion:

“There’s no ‘probably’ when it comes to the issue of partial birth abortion among Kentucky pro-life activists,” said Grayson.  “Whether it’s Bill Johnson or myself, Kentuckians deserve to know who can be counted on to protect life and stand up for our conservative values in the race for U.S. Senate.”

“Rand Paul denies it now, but I’ve heard him say that he supports allowing individual states to decide the issue of abortion. He describes himself as a Constitutional conservative, but he ignores the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees our rights to life, liberty and property.  Life should be protected at all levels of Government, including the Federal level,” said Bill Johnson.

While Rand Paul claims to be pro-life, he has in the past voiced support for allowing states to decide the issue and has opposed federal regulation of abortion.  Rand Paul in his own words:

“But he [Paul] was more evasive when it came to some social issues like abortion and gay marriage. He said he believes marriage is between a man and woman but wouldn’t say how he’d vote on such issues in the Senate, instead saying such matters should be left up to states.” (Ronnie Ellis, “Paul Touts Fundraising Success, Stakes Positions On Federal Issues,” The McCreary County [KY] Record, 10/20/09)

And on abortion, Paul expressed discomfort with federal laws but said he “probably” would have voted for a federal ban on a procedure that has been called partial-birth abortion by its opponents.”  (Joe Gerth, “Can Paul win Kentucky Senate Race?”,  The Courier-Journal, 10/19/2009)

I think we should make Roe v. Wade part of our philosophy as far as states’ rights – in believing that states should have the prerogative over this.”  (Rand Paul Speaking in Jessamine County, 9/3/2009)

I would introduce and support legislation to send Roe v. Wade back to the states.”  (Rand Paul Speaking in Paducah, 5/9/2009)

“Libertarian would be a good description,” Rand Paul told CNN, “because libertarians believe in freedom in all aspects of your life – your economic life as well as your social life as well as your personal life.”  (CNN’s Political Ticker, 5/4/2009)

“Paul’s father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is a strong states’ rights advocate who wants the federal government out of people’s lives. He opposes federal drug laws and says the U.S. government should not outlaw gay marriage because only churches should be in the marriage business. During a conference call Friday, Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, talked around some of those questions and others, perhaps signaling that he knows his positions on such issues might be a tough sell to Kentucky Republicans. He prefers to talk about fiscal issues, allowing him to ride a populist wave that erupted after the nation’s economy went bust, prompting federal bailouts.” (Joseph Gerth, Op-Ed, “Can Paul Win Kentucky Senate Race?” The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal, 10/19/09)

“[T]he Paul campaign issued the following response: . . . . ‘Reconciling Rand’s positions with Kentucky voters is easy. Kentucky is a socially conservative state which mostly upholds Christian values. If we protect states’ rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, then we protect Kentucky values from Californians or Vermonters or out-of-control Congressional Democrats and President Obama. Kentucky voters want and deserve to have their rights protected by Rand Paul’s strict constructionist understanding of the United States Constitution.’ David Adams, campaign manager.” (Joe Arnold, ABC Affiliate WHAS’s Political Blog, http://www.beloblog.com/WHAS_Blogs/PoliticalBlogger, Posted 10/20/09)

Middlesboro Daily News: What about instances of rape or incest or where the outcome may not be death, but severe medical problems for the mother or child. Do you think that in these cases the decision should be left to the government rather than the families?  Paul: In cases of rape, trying to prevent pregnancies is obviously the best thing. The morning-after pill works successfully most of the time. Ultimately we do better if we do have better education about family planning.   With partial-birth abortion, there were five women who testified that it threatened their life. It wasn’t completely true in all cases. They were non-viable babies. They were babies with awful genetic mutations that were not going to survive, and I tend to think we let nature take its course.

(Lorie Settles, “US Senate Hopeful Rand Paul Visits Middlesboro ,” The Middlesboro Daily News, 1/26/10)

**  UPDATE  ** Bill Johnson has issued a second press release clarifying his position in making the joint press release with fellow-candidate, Trey Grayson.  While both he and Mr. Grayson recognize the judgmental error of the Rand Paul campaign, Bill Johnson is right on ALL the issues facing Kentucky voters not just the issue of abortion.

BILL JOHNSON FOR U.S. SENATE
For Immediate Release February 24, 2010

Contact: Bill Johnson
270-847-6511/ bill@kentuckybill.com

JOHNSON COMMENTS ON JOINT PRESS RELEASE

ELKTON — Kentucky GOP Senate Candidate Bill Johnson today issued the following statement about the joint Friends of Trey Grayson/Johnson Senate Committee press release:

“I will remain my own candidate in this Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate. Dr. Paul agrees with my positions on fiscal issues and Mr. Grayson agrees with my positions on social/moral issues.  However, I stand alone on matters of energy independence and the defense of our nation; both critical to voters of Kentucky

“As a veteran and business leader experienced in the field of energy and national defense, I have the background necessary to lead in the U.S Senate.  As a Friend of Coal, I will work to eliminate the Federal Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and return those responsibilities to the states.  We need to mine for coal, drill for oil, and build power plants right here in Kentucky.  Voters can trust that as a veteran who defended our nation in the first gulf war, I will always stand strong on national defense and border protection.

“The May 18th Primary is critical to our future.  We need a U.S. Senator who is correct on all the issues important to Kentucky.”

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Responses

  1. It seems that both Johnson and Grayson have about had enough of Rand Paul’s manipulation of the truth concerning his campaign’s non-positions. It’s high time that he be held accountable.
    The greater implication is clearly extended to other of Paul’s waffling positions on Guantanamo, National Defense, Illegal Immigration, Afghanistan.
    Paul preys on his calculated strategy that voters will not be aware of his words from one venue to another, one published quote to another.
    His strategy is predicated on an assumption that you can fool most of the voters all of the time.
    Well, not this time.
    Not in the future either.
    Rand Paul’s credibility is ZERO.
    No HONOR. No INTEGRITY. No CHARACTER.
    No CHANCE.
    We’re much smarter than you ever thought, Rand Paul!

  2. As submitted for posting on “Mommy”

    As an active participant in national security matters, I will reiterate my personal assessment of Rand Paul’s fitness to serve as a United States Senator. Based upon my knowledge and assessments his character, demeaner, and conduct since last May, I believe Rand Paul is incapable of properly and responsibly serving the best interests of the nation and Kentucky.
    I call upon Rand Paul to end his campaign forthwith and with all personal humility.
    Failure to responsibly terminate his fatally flawed candidacy will invariably result in two things.
    First, the Democrats want the open Senate seat and will spare no quarter in the general election to win it. The Herald-Leader and Courier-Journal will publish every bit of Ron and Rand Paul’s ties to Stormfront, David Duke, Campaign for Liberty, Liberty Tree and Liberty Forest as well as the ammo and fodder he is providing to be used against him daily. It will be a political shark feeding frenzy he will not be able to withstand.
    He will lose.
    This is why they are building him up as a media “darling” in the primary. They are, by the way, the liberal, progressive media setting up their “darling” for later sacrifice.
    Get it? Got it? Good!
    Secondly, he will consequently flush in excess of $2 million of others’ money.
    Dr. Paul, Kentucky is owed the dignity and respect of an respectable Senate Republican race between honorable candidates Johnson and Grayson.
    Your supporters, your staff, and you are solely responsible for tragically conducting an incompetent and self-centered, megalomanic, and delusional campaign.
    It’s never been about you, Rand Paul. It’s always been about the Commonwealth and the national interests, the people’s business and the uncertain future of our families.
    You chose to make it about you, Rand, all about you. Only about you.
    As a result, you have irrevokably breeched the public trust.
    That, Rand Paul, is inexcuseable. You have forfitted your opportunity.
    At least you’ll have a lucrative job to return to.


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