Oct. 30, 2013 —
The senator said there are more than 20 counties in East Kentucky with unemployment at or above 12 percent.
“In one of your counties just to the south of here, that will mean $25 million over five years of your money that stays in the area,” Paul said.
Although the room seemed interested in the idea, it would not affect Carter County, which has a 10.5 percent unemployment rate.
Paul said that the focus of politics needs to change in order to avoid more government shutdowns and impasses with bills in the House and Senate.
“The grand bargain is never coming because we disagree on too many things,” Paul said. “I disagree with most of what the President says, but I think we can agree on about 10 percent. We need to try to emphasize what we do agree on and pass those bills.”
Massie said Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, allowed the shutdown to occur by refusing to negotiate on individual bills.
“Harry Reid refused to do anything in the Senate for 15 days,” Massie said. “He and the President refused to negotiate and promised to default this entire country because they want to keep kicking the can down the road. I think we need to fix the long term problem. We have to balance the budget.”
Paul and Massie took a few questions from the crowd before heading to Ashland, but kept the focus on the national debt.
“I think the course we are on is unsustainable,” Paul said. If we don't do something about it I think it will slip away from us, maybe in a slow bankruptcy of the country or perhaps in a panic like happened in 2008. A lot of people can get wiped out in a panic.”
When asked specifically if he intended to run for the White House in 2016, Paul laughed and said, “Let me ask my wife.”
He went on to say it would be another year before he makes a decision.
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