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Ar eyou offended by Paul's statements & use of cold war film?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says the poor in America are "enormously better off than the rest of the world," citing an old Cold War film that showed even impoverished homes had color televisions.

Paul's recent remarks at his first forum with Democratic opponent Jack Conway stirred some anger in impoverished pockets of Kentucky, where as many as a third of residents live in poverty.

The libertarian-leaning Paul addressed the issue of poverty by alluding to a decades-old, anti-American propaganda film by the Soviet government designed to criticize the free-market system.

I think he needs to lessons from his Daddy...


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:04 PM on Jul. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • That guy is playing to his base only.  Hopefully he will never win.  It doesn't matter if their better off.  That is a dumb debate.  We should worry about how they live because the are in our country, and we she care about what happens here.  He shouldn't have said it.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 10:17 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • lol, it seems to be a theme with these newbies. They don't know any better than to say what they mean. Whatever will we do now?

    It could have been said better, sure. But our poor ARE better off than those in other countries.

    Answer by lovinangels at 9:23 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • NO, not at all. "the poor in our country are enormously better off than the rest of the world. If you have travel around the world you know that is a fact!!


    Answer by gammie at 9:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • NO, I am not offended.  He is correct and he went on to say it in the article

    Paul went on to say that "the poor in our country are enormously better off than the rest of the world. It doesn't mean we can't do better. But we have to acknowledge and be proud of our system of capitalism."

    Randy Thompson, a Republican, said Monday he wasn't uncomfortable with Paul's comments about the poor, and that they reflected the truth."I know that as bad as we have it, there are people that have it worse in Third World countries," Thompson said.

    He probably could have said it more tactfully, but he is still speaking the truth. 


    Answer by layh41407 at 9:12 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Nope not offended... for some odd reason everyone who claims to be poor, ie. needing FS, medicaid, etc walk around with cell phones, have cable/ internet, smoke cigarettes, drink.... yet cry about their lights being turned off. Now I am not saying we dont have people here that are just as poor but the majority or our poor are "rich" in other countries.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 10:15 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • He spoke the truth and as very often the truth isn't very pretty. Personally, I think the truth even when baldly stated is preferable to the usual whitewashing.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:23 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • He is correct, but he is kinda going about this all bass ackwards, isn't he?

    Someone (hey Pops!) needs to explain how to campaign better to him. He is hopping on one foot with all the people he offends when he sticks the other one in his mouth.

    Answer by LiliM at 2:19 AM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • No, I'm not at all offended. He spoke nothing less than the truth. I think it is refreshing to hear a potential politician speak the bald, honest truth. At least his constituents know exactly where he will stand on the issues!

    Answer by 29again at 2:46 AM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Why would I be offended by the truth?

    Answer by Carpy at 5:27 AM on Jul. 13, 2010


    "They filmed a building in the poorer section of New York with some broken windows and they said, `Oh, this is how the poor in America lives,'" Paul said at last week's forum. "But it backfired on them because the Soviet citizens looked at that video closely and they saw flickering color television sets in all those windows."


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:05 PM on Jul. 12, 2010