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GOP preaches holding the line in Washington at warm up for Fancy Farm

August 1, 2009

As a warm up for this afternoon’s speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic, Republicans gathered at Graves County High School today for the Graves County Republican Breakfast.DSC05041

Keynote speaker Trey Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state who plans a run for U.S. Senate, spoke out against excessive federal spending and the negative impact he believes the so-called “cap and trade” energy bill will have on Kentucky.

“We just have to say no,” Grayson said about spending.

Grayson said Kentucky has the opportunity to be an energy leader, but the proposed energy bill will make the state “an energy lagger” instead.

Grayson, who has yet to formally announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate, was joined by two men who have – eye surgeon Rand Paul of Bowling Green and businessman Bill Johnson of Elkton in Todd County.

Paul didn’t mention Kentucky’s senior U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by name, but criticized him for his vote on the financial bailout bill last fall while he was running for re-election. Paul also said he will not run for office on the promise of providing more projects for Kentucky than a Democrat, which was also a dig at McConnell who touted his clout during his campaign last year.

“I do oppose new taxes,” Rand said. “I do oppose new government programs.”

Johnson, a U.S. Navy veteran, is making his first run for elected office, and said he felt called to run, even though his candidacy might be a long shot, just as he was called to join the military.

Johnson argued for smaller government and less government intervention into business.

“It’s just getting too far into our lives,” Johnson said of government. “They’re bullying their way into the private sector. … The bully right now is the government.”

Folks are now heading off to the picnic grounds of St. Jerome Parish, where political speaking begins at 2 p.m.

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