Senator Rand Paul visited with several Logan Countians on Friday when he stopped in at Roy’s Barbecue for a quick town hall meeting, just a day before Kentucky held its Republican Presidential Caucus.
Paul spoke to the crowd inside the restaurant for several minutes before opening it up to questions.
He made it clear from the outset that he did not want to talk about election issues, but instead just wished to discuss the job he was doing in the U.S. Senate.
Paul spent most of his time, telling about how he wants to cut out wasteful government spending.
He said he would like to get rid of all government aid to countries that are not friendly with the United States, and especially those that are hostile toward Christians.
“No country that persecutes Christians should be getting our weapons or money,” Paul said.
Paul said that not just one party is to blame for frivolous spending. He noted that the Democrats want to spend more money on social programs, while Republicans try to increase spending too much on the military.
“If I was saying it was one party’s fault, I would be lying,” Paul said. “We need to hold the line on all spending – including the military.”
Paul also spoke about the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who recently passed away. Paul said he would not vote for any judge offered up by President Barack Obama, because he is in the last year of her eight-year term.
“Whoever you elect in November should be the person to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice,” Paul said.
Paul did not talk about his failed run for the Republican Presidential nomination or his upcoming race for reelection to the Senate.
Paul will be on the primary in May for his Senate seat. This is his first try at reelection. Two other Republicans have also filed to run, James R. Gould of Lexington and Stephen Howard Slaughter of Louisville.
Seven Democrats have filed to be on the May primary ballot, but Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will likely be Paul’s biggest competitor. Other democrats who have filed include Rory Houlihan of Winchester, Jeff Kender of Phelps, Ron Leach of Brandenberg, Tom Recktenwald of Louisville, Grant T. Short of Owensboro and Sellus Wilder of Frankfort.
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