U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R) met with local business leaders at the Crestview Hills city building Friday as he crisscrossed the state, also visiting with Total Equine Services in Falmouth, which he named the Small Business of the Week.
(The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, of which Paul is a member, names a Small Business of the Week.)
Paul’s talk in Crestview Hills primarily focused on inflation.
“I’ve got good news and bad news,” Paul said, arguing that the next six months to a year will be important and that the country is dealing with inflation due to trillions of dollars borrowed by the federal government.
“The biggest thing I’m hearing from people across Kentucky is the price of gasoline, price of groceries, inflation, and in this particular group of businessmen and women, you’re hearing the prices are increasing their cost of goods,” Paul said.
In the November election, Paul faces Democratic opponent Charles Booker, a former state representative from Louisville. Booker has argued that Paul’s votes in the Senate often are against the interests of regular Kentuckians.
“Tonight, Rand Paul blocked a bill that would have provided health care benefits to veterans exposed to toxins while in the line of duty,” Booker said of Paul’s vote against the PACT Act, a bill that proponents argued would extend healthcare benefits for veterans.
Paul also spent time talking about the efficacy of masks against COVID-19, saying we shouldn’t shut down the economy. When asked by a panel member about bipartisanship in Congress, Paul said it happens more than people realize. Paul said he’s for lawful immigration and said that some of the best people in our country are the ones that just got here.
But, while Paul is traveling the state on a business-focused tour, historic floods in eastern Kentucky have left at least 16 people dead. Some on social media have called for Paul to be in Eastern Kentucky instead of talking to business leaders.
When questioned if there was a plan to shift his plans to head down to the flooded parts of the state, Paul said he has field represenatives on the ground and that residents can contact his office to help replace essential documents.
“We’ve seen and are keeping up with it,” Paul said to LINK nky. “We have field reps in the area trying to give what assistance we can to connect people to federal programs. We have a program specifically to help people get documents if their documents are swept away.”