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Ad of the day: 'Rand Paul is off the wall'

An ad from Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway goes after his Republican opponent, Rand Paul, with video of Paul saying, "The real answer to Medicare would be a $2,000 deductible." Cue the indignation of elderly voters.

The ad shows a series of, presumably, senior citizens lambasting Paul's proposal, calling it "crazy" and accusing Paul of being "off the wall." "Doesn't he know that we can't afford that?" says one voter.

Conway has out-raised Paul, who has received significant support from the tea party (including an endorsement from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin). The two candidates have adopted very different strategies during the election. Paul has taken a more national approach, lambasting the Obama administration and extolling the virtues of capitalism. Conway has kept his focus more local, with talk of his work as attorney general.

Both candidates have agreed to debate on Fox News in October.

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By Emi Kolawole  | September 28, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
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Hey jerks we old people are not ruining the country. You boomers and your progressive war lords have stolen the money that i and my employers paid in the last 50 years. 3.4 trillion dollars in I.O.U.`s in the soc sec. trust fund. Looks like we should not trust any one. Soc.Sec. and medicare were and should have been self sufficient. Stop stealing the money! The government never funded Soc.Sec. or medicare. They stole the money and now they cannot pay it back.

Posted by: glbarber2003 | October 1, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey jerks we old people are not ruining the country. You boomers and your progressive war lords have stolen the money that i and my employers paid in the last 50 years. 3.4 trillion dollars in I.O.U.`s in the soc sec. trust fund. Looks like we should not trust any one. Soc.Sec. and medicare were and should have been self sufficient. Stop stealing the money! The government never funded Soc.Sec. or medicare. They stole the money and now they cannot pay it back.

Posted by: glbarber2003 | October 1, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

...to cynics like Conway and this WaPost writer politics is just a game.

...and it's all to easy to win. Tell people Rand Paul thinks you should pay for a fraction of your health benefits and watch the AARP cry uncle.

...meanwhile the country is going pot, but who cares? You just scored a political point!

...and don't expect career politician Conway to propose anything unpopular. He needs to go back to the sandbox where games are played.

Rand Paul is the concerned citizen-statesmen envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

Posted by: catchilupi1 | September 30, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

A $2000 deductible on all insurance plans could have replaced the entire health care reform.

Once patients start acting like rational customers, health care prices will fall like a rock without government price fixing.

Rand is right. The AARP is wrong. Don't screw your own children over! I donated my first $25 to his campaign today.

Posted by: catchilupi1 | September 30, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scott, go tell your Mom thanks for being old..

Posted by: siennablue | September 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Doesn't he know we can't afford that?" Don't YOU know we can't afford to give out free health care as a country? Do YOU even know the debt your country has or the liabilities? No, because you are all democrats that love spending someone else's money! Can your kids afford the debt you're heaping on their heads? The seniors that "built this country" don't need government hand outs! The reason we are going down the tubes is because too many people want too much for free from a bloated top heavy parasitic government. The reason YOU can't afford to pay your own health care costs is because of the government distorting the market with decades of meddlesome intervention in medicine and because of the wealth destroying inflation of the federal reserve. But all you care about is "don't rock the boat as it heads for the waterfall". This country needs a drastic, from the ground up overhaul, don't stand in the way.

Posted by: jlw7895 | September 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey ScottK, thanks for being stupid! Old people built this country - for better or worse - and that includes paying into Medicare. It is NOT a free benefit.

Posted by: hueylong | September 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Right, $2000 a month is off-the-wall. What's perfectly sane is giving people all sorts of free benefits while the country is running a trillion dollar deficit.

Hey old people, thanks for ruining this country's future. Appreciate it.

Posted by: ScottK2 | September 29, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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