FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Rand Paul is promising to do
whatever is necessary to protect underground coal miners working in
dark and dangerous environs if he's elected to the U.S. Senate.
The Bowling Green eye surgeon has been long criticized by the
United Mine Workers of America as lax on workplace safety. Paul is
staking out a position that closely resembles that of his
Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, as the two vie for votes in the
coalfields of eastern and western Kentucky.
Paul said he would insist on enforcement of safety rules,
perhaps even adding more coal mine inspectors to accomplish that.
Conway, who has the endorsement of the UMWA, said he would push
for stronger mine safety laws so that Kentuckians could continue to
work in mines, and do so safely.
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