Trey Turns Up the Heat
U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson continues to pound Dr. Rand Paul. His latest attack gets to the crux about what worries mainstream Republicans about Paul: does he think that America brought the attacks of 9/11 -- and most recently, the attempted attack of this Christmas -- upon ourselves?
From Trey's press release:
On CNN’s Larry King Live earlier this week, Rand Paul’s father and biggest fundraiser, failed Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, said that America was to blame for the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day when he declared that “they’re terrorists because we’re occupiers.” This view is consistent with Rand Paul’s positions that the attacks on September 11th were also caused by the United States and that Guantanamo Bay detainees should be sent back to their countries of origin.
“Ron Paul’s son is a ‘chip off the old block.’ He’s proud to raise millions of dollars from his famous father’s fringe, out-of-state donors. Kentuckians need to know that Rand and Ron Paul are promoting the outrageous idea that 9/11 and the attempted attack on Christmas Day are the fault of the United States,” said Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson.
Rand Paul has said repeatedly that he does not disagree with his dad except on minor issues:
Rand Paul Agrees That He Is Just A Chip Off The Old Block. Alex Jones: “You're basically what I would call a chip off the old block, your policies are basically identical to your father's, correct?” Rand Paul: “I'd say we'd be very, very similar.” (Rand Paul on the Alex Jones Show, 5/21/2009)
Rand Paul Praises His Dad As A National Spokesman For Their Viewpoint. “Our viewpoint finally for the first time in probably 30 years. We have a spokesman, who they may not be listening to him all the time in Washington, but we have someone who presents our point of view to a large audience on a national basis.” (Rand Paul on the Alex Jones Show, 5/21/2009)
Rand Paul Is Proud of His Dad’s Out-of-State Donors. “It helps being related to someone famous. I don’t hide that fact.” (David Weigel, Ron Paul’s Army Complicates GOP Hopes in 2010,” The Washington Independent, 8/13/2009)
Rand Paul Said He Disagrees With His Dad Only in Minor Issues. Washington Wire: Are there any areas where you disagree with your father’s views on issues? Paul: There are some minor areas where we disagree. (Peter Wallsten, “Q&A with Rand Paul: Shaking Up the Kentucky Senate Race,” The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Blog, 11/12/09)
Rand Paul Said His Views “Would Not Differ On Much” From Those Of His Father, Ron Paul. “If his son were to have an office on Capitol Hill in 2011, Ron Paul said the two likely would not differ on much. His son agrees.” (John Tompkins, “Paul’s Son Ready To Shine On His Own,” The [Brazoria County, TX] Facts, 9/1/09)
When Asked On What Rand Paul Disagrees With Ron Paul, His Response Was About Taking Money From Medicare And Medicaid, Not Policy Issues. “I couldn’t resist this: is there any issue on which the younger Paul disagrees with his father? ‘Yes,’ he said with a laugh, recalling how his father would do medical work free of charge rather than take payments from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. ‘I do participate in both programs. With my particular practice as an opthamologist, I have to or I couldn’t keep my practice going.’” (John Gizzi, “A ‘Dr. Paul’ In The Senate, Too?” Human Events, 8/15/09)
Earlier this month, when asked by the Louisville Courier-Journal if Rand Paul agreed or disagreed with the belief that the United States was responsible for the attacks on September 11th, his campaign said it was a “complicated situation” with “truth on both sides.”
We will, of course, post Dr. Paul's response, if we get one. Since his former spokesman was forced to resign, we have not heard much from the Paul campaign.
Elephants in the Blue Grass: Trey Turns Up the Heat