Presidential campaign trail keeps Paul constantly on go

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My Views by Thomas J. Barr, Publisher

 PIONEER VILLAGE -- There were no television cameras.

There was none of the major media poking microphones in front of his face.

No one was asking him what he thought of Matt Bevin first saying that he would be voting for Ben Carson for president and then coming back a couple of hours later and saying that he would really be voting for you.

It was a relaxed meet-and-greet hour between U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his constituents from Bullitt County.

About 100 people stopped by the Pioneer Village Community Center on a crisp fall Friday afternoon.

It was a setting where a man who is running for the Republican nomination to become the next President of the United States could shake a few hands, have his picture taken and not worry about every word he might be saying.

“This is a lot more relaxed,” Paul said with a bit of a smile.

While I wondered what Paul really thought about Bevin’s comment and then follow-up comment.

Of course, I knew I wouldn’t get a comment on that from Paul, who would be campaigning with Bevin, who is running for governor, during the weekend.

In fact, the two men were actually both in the county on Friday. Paul for the meet and greet; Bevin for a fund-raiser at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

Little did I know that Paul had been in Louisville to visit a business and the majority of the media coverage centered around Paul’s refusal to discuss the topic.

There is usually a reason when the media shows up when an official speaks locally.

For example, with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke recently in Shepherdsville, all the TV cameras were there. The reason -- they wanted comments about a national issue, not what was going on in Bullitt County.

Paul, who has made dozens of trips to Bullitt County over the past five or six years, always seems to enjoy talking to the people.

In talking about his trek for the presidency, Paul said it has been interesting.

“I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people,” said Paul.

He’s estimated visiting 40 states so far, including Alaska.

The schedule is so crazy that there are times when he wakes up and has to ask where he is at.

Plenty of trips through airports has become the norm.

Paul has been amazed at the interest shown on his views on a variety of topics throughout the country.

A common theme is that people are tired of paying so much money toward a federal government that isn’t working.

Most are looking for ways to decrease the size of the federal government and he believes it can be done.

Of course, he has to get into the White House to make some things happen.

Another common concern is the tax structure.

Paul proposes a simple tax system where it could be easily filled out by Americans.

That has gained some traction on the campaign trail.

The challenge is to keep some stability in his life. 

Paul said he spends weekends at home in Bowling Green. Last Saturday was parents’ day at UK, where a son attends. His plan was for his family to be there for those festivities.

But the rest of the week is busy.

Besides his normal activity in Washington, Paul is on the road -- a lot.

He is proud that he’s been able to be on the main stage for debates among the number of GOP candidates for President.

And he’s proud that his views are being heard.

“It’s a great honor,” Paul said of his candidacy.

As with all big-time officials, there were schedules to be met.

His hour was complete in Pioneer Village and all the hands were shaken and pictures taken.

Jumping into his vehicle, it was on to the next stop -- with staff in hand.