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Fight over 9/11 ads riles Ky. Senate race

By Ben Pershing
The Republican Senate primary in Kentucky is heating up, as candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson trade charges that each is exploiting the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks for political gain.

Paul -- the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and the favorite of many "tea party" activists in the race -- released a campaign ad Tuesday that uses images of the burning Twin Towers and the blackened Pentagon, a controversial choice. The ad is designed to rebut charges from Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state and party establishment favorite, that Paul is soft on national security issues.

After recalling his own experience on Sept. 11, Paul says, "America was attacked and fighting back was the right thing to do. Now a desperate Trey Grayson is using September 11th to attack my integrity and my patriotism. Trey Grayson, your shameful TV ad is a lie, and it dishonors you."

Paul's spot was a response to a pair of ads aired by Grayson, directing viewers to the Web site In the ads, Grayson alleges that Paul wants to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and send detainees there back to their home countries, that Paul believes Afghanistan "is not a threat to our national security" and that Paul is unconcerned by whether Iran develops a nuclear bomb.

Grayson has the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), a heavyweight in Kentucky politics, and recently picked up the public endorsement of former vice president Dick Cheney. But Paul -- aided by his father's popularity and fundraising network -- has built up significant grassroots support.

A Research 2000 poll taken in mid-March and a Survey USA poll conducted earlier in the month both showed Paul opening up a double-digit lead in the primary contest.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 30, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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Rand Paul is an American patriot who is strong on defense issues, and like his father is a favorite among military personnel.

He is a fiscal conservative who is against socialized medicine but has also been a strong advocate of the doctor/patient relationship.

He is against the insurance and medical industries' attempts to control the marketplace through government rules enacted by the lobbiests for those interests.

Grayson is controlled by the medical and insurance industries and should not be considered for office.

Cheney stumping for Greyson is not due to any War on Terror as much as it is a preemptive strike by the corporate interests Cheney has represented so well throughout his entire political career and which turned into an orgy while Cheny was VP. It was an orgy in which the people on the receiving end of Cheny was the American middle class.

As a retired military officer who served 28 years, I whole-heartedly support Rand Paul.

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