Paul Criticizes Obama EPA at Rally in Kentucky Coal Country
Rand Paul came out swinging against the Environmental Protection Agency this weekend, arguing that President Obama is “forcing the EPA down out throats.”
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Paul held a rally in a Kentucky coalfield on Saturday. Paul took the opportunity to position himself as an ally of coal workers (a key constituency in Kentucky, where Paul is running for Senate), arguing he would “defend your way of life.”
According to AP, Paul said:
Even without changing the rules, the EPA is stifling the permit process, and people [are] out of work here because of the president and his policies.
With all due respect, Mr. President, you’re wrong, and you need to stay out of Kentucky affairs. And you need to keep the EPA out of our affairs because we need jobs, and we’re not going to get jobs with a busybody EPA that’s in our way.
Paul’s opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, said he too would work to protect jobs in the coal industry.