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Jack Conway gets testy with CNN reporter

By Rachel Weiner
A counterpoint to this morning's article on candidates refusing to talk to the press (and this video of Sharron Angle literally shushing a reporter) is Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway of Kentucky getting irritated in a conversation with CNN:


The reporter is asking about Conway's "Aqua Buddha" ad, which used stories from GOP challenger Rand Paul's college years to paint him as an anti-Christian kidnapper. As he says in the video, Conway defended the ad in an appearance on "Anderson Cooper 360," saying "values matter."

Meanwhile, Paul has said he will debate Conway again, after suggesting he might drop out over the "Aqua Buddha" ad.

"While I do not respect Mr. Conway's inappropriate attacks, I do respect the voters of this state, and therefore will participate in Monday's final debate," Paul said in a news conference Friday. "Kentuckians deserve another opportunity to understand the very real differences between Jack and myself."

By Rachel Weiner  | October 22, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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m_richert: What is so "backward" about wanting an out-of-control, authoritarian Federal government to live within the law (i.e., the Constitution)? What is so "forward thinking" about saddling future generations with crushing debt??
I agree that you are elitist, patronizing, and condescending to the people of Kentucky. I also agree with you that Rand will win.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 23, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The horrible finale to all this is that Rand Paul is going to win. I am a fifth generation Kentuckian. What I am going to say sounds eltist, patronizing and condescending and, unfortunately, it is. Unhappily, it is also the awful truth. Lexington and Louisville are islands of more forward-thinking people, grounded in reality and the need for changes when the times call for them, surrounded by a sea of salt-of-the-earth, incurious and extremely religious, insular people resistant to change. Kentucky is the home of the Creation Museum, which thrives here. The Tea Party was heaven-sent for these folks. Racism, however repressed, is eternal and state-wide. It is still omnipresent in Lexington and Louisville, only dealt with in a much more subtle fashion than in the state at large.
This comment may draw howls of rage and vituperation down on my head but they won't alter reality. Beautiful Kentucky, the state of my family for generations, isn't ready for change. Maybe some day.
Remember, this is the state that elected the dull-normal, semi-coherent McConnell stooge, Jim Bunning, to the U.S. Senate because he was in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brace yourselves for Senator Paul.

Posted by: m_richert | October 23, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The horrible finale to all this is that Rand Paul is going to win. I am a fifth generation Kentuckian. What I am going to say sounds eltist, patronizing and condescending and, unfortunately, it is. Unhappily, it is also the awful truth. Lexington and Louisville are islands of more forward-thinking people, grounded in reality and the need for changes when the times call for them, surrounded by a sea of salt-of-the-earth, incurious and extremely religious, insular people resistant to change. Kentucky is the home of the Creation Museum, which thrives here. The Tea Party was heaven-sent for these folks. Racism, however repressed, is eternal and state-wide. It is still omnipresent in Lexington and Louisville, only dealt with in a much more subtle fashion than in the state at large.
This comment may draw howls of rage and vituperation down on my head but they won't alter reality. Beautiful Kentucky, the state of my family for generations, isn't ready for change. Maybe some day.
Remember, this is the state that elected the dull-normal, semi-coherent McConnell stooge, Jim Bunning, to the U.S. Senate because he was in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brace yourselves for Senator Paul.

Posted by: m_richert | October 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse


The horrible finale to all this is that Rand Paul is going to win. I am a fifth generation Kentuckian. What I am going to say sounds eltist, patronizing and condescending and, unfortunately, it is. Unhappily, it is also the awful truth. Lexington and Louisville are islands of more forward-thinking people, grounded in reality and the need for changes when the times call for them, surrounded by a sea of salt-of-the-earth, incurious and extremely religious, insular people resistant to change. Kentucky is the home of the Creation Museum, which thrives here. The Tea Party was heaven-sent for these folks. Racism, however repressed, is eternal and state-wide. It is still omnipresent in Lexington and Louisville, only dealt with in a much more subtle fashion than in the state at large.
This comment may draw howls of rage and vituperation down on my head but they won't alter reality. Beautiful Kentucky, state of my family for generations, isn't ready for change. Maybe some day. Brace yourselves for Senator Paul.

Posted by: m_richert | October 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Title : A businessman is angry at his lost cash bag.
 
A businessman is drowning in the ocean.
 
Stimulus : we should rescue him immediately.
 
Power first : Nope ! How do we pay for it. Just let him go under much like Lehman Brothers.
 
Stimulus : He is dying right now.
 
Power first : Nope ! You can't save his money bag.
 
Stimulus ( clock is ticking ) : : We can do everything.
 
Power first : We are serious about jobs. Where are jobs ?, echoed by the angry businessman.

Chanting deficit :
 
1. Amid chanting deficit, the same old failed policy.
 
2. Amid chanting deficit, hands-off approach over huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China from remorseless health care premium.
 
3. Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of remorseless health care premium, numerous folks have no choice but to hang onto affordable offerings, since one in two households is said to face a hard decision between necessity & drug.
 
4. Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade.

5. Over the next 10 years, total Bush tax cut costs will equal $3.9 trillion, .... the tax cuts would increase deficits by nearly $4 trillion between 2005 and 2014.
 
The most critical debt : Personal Bankruptcy
 
The current recession came from Personal Bankruptcy largely as a consequence of the relentless health care costs, pain at the pump, and the subsequent subprime mortgage crisis.
 
Facing huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China, the primary economic policy of previous administration was " spending baby "to the great delight of republicans' sponsors.

Posted by: hsr06011 | October 23, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama worships Aqua Bhudda! Changed over from Black Liberation Theology and Islam after he "aquaed" his pants.

Posted by: joelevin | October 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

CNN is slowly circling the drain.

Posted by: clintt5 | October 23, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Is Aqua Buddha any relation to Aqua Velva?

Posted by: Garak | October 23, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess when we see attacks on candidates for things they did when they were very young such as Paul's actions with his friends and O'Donnell delving in witchcraft, and more such attacks from the left, we forget that our very own President has admitted to cocaine use and other behaviors that would curl one's hair when he was just a youth. The rest of Obama's history has been put off limits evidently for good reason. When you compare the accusing left wing candidates charges against their opponents you can bet that there are many left-wing candidates hoping against hope that their youthful indiscretions are not revealed. Conway's ad was slimy politics. Everyone should be outraged at it and Conway too for using such tactics.

Posted by: mlbduffy | October 23, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul hasn't said he wants to get rid of Medicare, to my knowledge. He's said he thinks people should have to pay a $2000 deductible though.

Posted by: bdell555 | October 23, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

When the going gets tough, the tough quit halfway through their first term or threaten to pull out of debates. I want people who fold their tents under pressure to lead our country.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 23, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

I guess Paul was running scared and decided to debate after all. If you can't take the heat get out of the Kitchen Paul. Tea party candidates like to dish it out but they sure do not like to take it. Paul wants to get rid of medicare,Social Security and the Minimum wage like the other Tea party candidates. He cannot be trusted.....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | October 23, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

I guess Paul was running scared and decided to debate after all. If you can't take the heat get out of the Kitchen Paul. Tea party candidates like to dish it out but they sure do not like to take it. Paul wants to get rid of medicare,Social Security and the Minimum wage like the other Tea party candidates. He cannot be trusted.....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | October 23, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

BBear1 said, "Is Mr. Aqua Bhudda [sic] is running a little scared? What happened to the "No Debate" promise?"

I don't remember any promise. What's your source on that?

Posted by: AngelaThorn | October 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Is Mr. Aqua Bhudda is running a little scared? What happened to the "No Debate" promise?

Posted by: BBear1 | October 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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