By Megan Williamson
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul took time Wednesday to talk with Corbin residents and clear up some issues.
Paul, who has been the center of a heated campaign, visited Corbin's Whayne Supply Wednesday and spoke on issues concerning coal, America's deficit, term limits and over-regulated businesses.
He referenced former President Ronald Reagan frequently during the luncheon and stressed that "we cannot just stick our heads in the sand" when dealing with America's $2 trillion deficit. He continued, "Let's just spend what we take in."
Paul, known for his small-government politics, mentioned how "the other side" (Democrats) has said government is the answer to controlling the deficit, and continued, "We need to get government out of the way," and, "our number one export is our debt."
At the luncheon, Paul addressed some of President Obama's stances, calling him anti-business, anti-coal and especially anti-Kentucky. Paul said he believes the country needs to "unleash the entrepreneur."
Of coal industries, Paul said he strongly supports coal from the get-go, but many of the businesses are over-regulated and burdensome, doing more harm than good. He reminded the audience that safety is the first priority for coal and construction workers.
Representatives from local coal businesses asked Paul questions about the regulators, saying that some of them "roll up to the mines in Cadillacs" and that many of them are "industry rejects who may have gotten fired from the same mine they have arrived to check out."
Paul told the Times-Tribune that one of his main stances includes term limitations. He believes that "long-term incumbency leads to politicians who seem to care more about what is best for their career than what is best for their country."
He added his opinion that a waiting period to vote on legislation should be one day per 20 pages. This way, there would be no more 200-page legislations turned in one night and be voted on the next day with no one really reading it.
When asked about recent political commercials from opposing candidates that show Paul believes non-violent crimes shouldn't be against the law, Paul told the Times-Tribune that the clip used in the commercial was a small portion from an interview by KET three or four years ago.
He said he was referring to laws against motorcycle helmets and gambling, though his words were misconstrued to make it sound like he was referring to non-violent crimes including selling drugs. He said that was not the case.
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