10:13am

Thu October 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Giuliani Campaigns for P’Pool, Rails Against Obama

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told supporters of Republican Todd P’Pool that Kentucky’s attorney general race has national implications for health care and energy policy. Giuliani visited Louisville on Wednesday to back P’Pool, who is running against Democratic incumbent Jack Conway. The former Republican presidential candidate highlighted key parts of P’Pool’s platform, which nationalizes the race and seeks to tie Conway to President Barack Obama

Giuliani says if Kentucky joins a lawsuit against the president’s health care law, it will help save the economy from “socialized medicine”

“I’m here because this election is important to the country. It’s important to the country that you have an attorney general that joins the other attorneys general—Republican and Democrat—that want to overturn Obamacare. Your attorney general has Kentucky in a position by not opposing it, of supporting Obamacare,” he says.

Since the start of the general election campaign, P’Pool has ridiculed Conway for being a “Frankfort insider” who has created a “double standard of justice” and for not joining a lawsuit against the federal law and has promised to join 27 other attorneys general in their pursuit to overturn the health care overhaul.

The Hopkins County Attorney has hitched much of his candidacy on promising to be a check on federal regulations and the president’s low approval ratings in the state.

The Conway campaign has focused its attention more on state issues, such as Medicaid fraud collections and removing pornographic images of children from the Internet. The attorney general visited a Louisville middle school on Wednesday to rally against prescription pill abuse, which his campaign highlights is an example of what voters really want the office to be about.

“Jack has been traveling across Kentucky, meeting with voters and talking about his record of being fiscally responsible while continuing to keep his promise to make our state safer for families. In fact, It’s Red Ribbon Week in Kentucky, and Jack was in Bowling Green yesterday and in Louisville today talking with students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” says Conway campaign spokeswoman Allison Haley. “Jack is focused on doing his job, while our opponent is focused on personal attacks. Kentuckians are tired of this type of politics. They want an attorney general who’s focused on issues that are important to their families and that’s Jack Conway.”

Giuliani also hammered Conway for not standing up to President Obama’s energy policy and hinted to the so-called “war on coal”, which has been a common theme in the Kentucky general election in more than the attorney general race.

The former New York mayor blamed the lack of energy development on burdensome regulations and criticized Conway for not filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

“And you have an attorney general who supports that president, here in a coal state. Now that might be okay in a liberal state, like mine,” says Giuliani. “But don’t disappoint me and let that happen in Kentucky. I’ll have no place to go. Come on, get rid of this guy and elect an attorney general who is going to support energy growth.

Conway did sue to stop federal officials from imposing cap-and-trade standards, but P’Pool says Kentucky’s top law enforcement official has failed to oppose other regulatory measures that impose burdens on the coal industry.