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Kentucky Senate Debate: Dan Mogiardo (D) vs. Jim Bunning (R), Oct. 11, 2004


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Alison Grimes: Pro-choice down the line.
Budget & Economy
    Mitch McConnell: Proud of role in high-profile deal to end federal shutdown.
    Jack Conway: Against TARP bailouts due to lack of accountability.
    Rand Paul: Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY.
Civil Rights
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA.
    Jack Conway: I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell".
Drugs
    Jack Conway: Meth lab count is up because we are identifying smaller labs.
    Rand Paul: Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from.
    Rand Paul: Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs.
    Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
    Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
Energy & Oil
    Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade.
    Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade.
    Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions.
    Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no.
    Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives.
    Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars.
    Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices.
    Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres.
Environment
    Bruce Lunsford: Worked on fatherís tobacco farm as a youngster.
    Bruce Lunsford: Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal.
Free Trade
    Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad.
Government Reform
    Jack Conway: I stood up for the people against price-gouging & lies.
Health Care
    Alison Grimes: Kynect heroically for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare's Kynect is a state decision, but yeah, it's ok.
    Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare.
    Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies.
    Dan Mongiardo: Push for cheaper drugs from Canada.
    Jim Bunning: Mongiardo holds several pharmaceutical companiesí stocks.
Homeland Security
    Jack Conway: Let gays serve openly in US military.
    Rand Paul: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy.
    Dan Mongiardo: Saddam is not my good friend.
    Jim Bunning: Combined 22 federal agencies to make us more secure.
Immigration
    Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask.
    Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security.
Jobs
    Jack Conway: 20% hometown tax credit for cost of creating a new job.
    Bruce Lunsford: Agrees with all issues that AFL-CIO has asked him to support.
Principles & Values
    Alison Grimes: Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Rand Paul made fun of Christianity and Christ.
    Jack Conway: FactCheck: "Aqua Buddha" TV ad is accurate but over the top.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Accuser is anonymous, but a Mr. Green says it's true.
    Jack Conway: Claims Rand Paul worships "Aqua Buddha" & mocks Holy Bible.
    Rand Paul: Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood.
    Rand Paul: I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha".
    Jack Conway: An honor to run for Wendell Ford's senate seat.
    Rand Paul: This election really is about the president's agenda.
    Rand Paul: This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: After 24 years, one of the two leaders in the US Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: Leadership has value; freshmen have little impact.
    Jim Bunning: Admits using Teleprompter during live debate.
    Dan Mongiardo: Bunning has conduct that is unbecoming of a US senator.
    Jim Bunning: Apologize for an inappropriate comment and look for the same.
Social Security
    Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age.
    Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security.
    Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55.
Tax Reform
    Jack Conway: Keep Bush tax cuts during recession.
    Rand Paul: Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts.
    Bruce Lunsford: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
    Mitch McConnell: Resolve to lower capital gains taxes.
Technology
    Bruce Lunsford: Supports net neutrality; McConnell stalled it.
War & Peace
    Dan Mongiardo: Canít allow troops to go into harmís way without body armors.
    Jim Bunning: We have looked out for our troops.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul would end federal faith-based initiatives.
    Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.


The above quotations are from Kentucky Senate Debate: Dan Mogiardo (D) vs. Jim Bunning (R), Oct. 11, 2004.

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