Sen. Rand Paul Talks Several Issues in Central Kentucky

By Michael Gossum | 

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky spent the day talking to a room full of Rotarians in Shelbyville about a number of important issues in Washington including coal and voting rights.

Paul talked about giving second chances to people and sponsoring a bill giving some felons their right to vote back.

"A 20 year-old kid or an 18-year-old kid who does make a mistake ought to get his right to vote back, ought to not go to jail for 10 or 15 years. Let's lock up the murderers, the rapists and the thieves and the really bad 1-2%, but let's not lock up people who could make a productive living again," said Paul.

Paul also talked about one of the hottest topics in Kentucky right now, coal.

He said he's a pro-coal senator, and that this issue is about finding a middle ground between jobs and regulation.

"I just want to say that we have to have a balance between what we have, adding new and consider the jobs lost. The President is fond of saying we have to have a balanced approach, it sounds really good. Well, it would be good. There should be a balance between protecting the environment and protecting jobs," said Paul.

Talking about so many issues, it's clear a higher office is at least on the mind of the Bowling Green resident.

While there has been no official announcement by Sen. Rand Paul if he's going to run for President or not, he said he's going to decide by the spring. He's certainly thinking about it while he's traveling the state and the country.

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