WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu August 30, 2012
Kentucky's Senators Give Back-to-Back Speeches at RNC
Kentucky may not be a key state in this fall’s presidential election, but its two senators played a key role in GOP attacks on the president Wednesday night. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul spoke back to back at the Republican National Convention. Their speeches were a one-two punch against many of President Barack Obama's policies.
"For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation's problems. He hasn't been working to earn re-election. He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour," McConnell told members of his party, adding later "Americans have waited for the faintest light to flicker at the end of the tunnel and this president has let them down again and again and again. It is time to move on, it is time for a leader who will lead. That leader is Mitt Romney."
Paul's speech repeated several lines from a speech he gave at a Tea Party rally in Frankfort earlier this month and was the latest in the Senator's continued attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which he says isn't constitutional, despite the Supreme Court's ruling to the contrary.
"How do we fix this travesty of justice? There's only one option left. We have to have a new president!" Paul said.
But the majority of Paul's speech focused on the president's recent use of the phrase "you didn't build that." Mr. Obama used the words to make a case that tax dollars pay for the roads, infrastructure and police and fire departments that help businesses survive. But Paul said that logic isn't correct.
"When the president says, 'you didn't build that' he is flat out wrong. Businessmen and women did built that. Businessmen and women did earn their success. Without the success of American business, we wouldn't have any roads, or bridges, or schools," Paul says
The GOP will end its convention Thursday, with nominee Mitt Romney taking the stage.