FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul vowed Monday to introduce his own balanced budget for the nation if he is elected.
"If filibuster be necessary to make them pay attention to the debate over a balanced budget, I think a good week's time would be well spent to have the whole country talk about what's going to happen to us if we become (financially troubled) Greece," Paul said.
Paul, appearing on Rush Limbaugh's radio show with guest host Walter Williams, stressed his call for a federal balanced budget by law.
But he said the budget should be balanced only through cutting spending and not raising taxes.
If Congress does not rein in spending, he said, programs like Social Security and Medicare could be in danger.
Paul noted that Kentucky requires a balanced budget.
Kentucky "is suffering through a recession like every other state but we are nothing like California because we are forced to balance our budget," Paul said.
"We don't spend money we don't have."
The Herald-Leader asked Paul's opponent in the Nov. 2 general election, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, to respond.
Conway's press secretary, Allison Haley, said in an e-mail message, "As a fiscal conservative, who has made job creation the hallmark of his campaign, Jack Conway opposes Rand Paul's massive tax increase which would be simply devastating to Kentucky's economy. Jack firmly believes that we must get our fiscal house in order, which is why he has already identified $430 billion in reasonable savings and supports enforceable "Pay-Go" rules in Congress."
Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon who is making his first bid for public office, has begun making more public appearances after a few days out of the limelight following his controversial statement about civil rights a day after the May 18 primary election.
Paul received heavy publicity and much criticism after he said he abhors discrimination and racism but suggested that a private business should determine whom it serves.
He is scheduled to speak Saturday at the Kentucky Republican Leadership Conference and attend a gun show at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
Paul said during Monday's nearly 20-minute national radio appearance that the Tea Party movement shows the United States cannot keep borrowing and adding to its debt.
There was no mention of Paul's civil rights comments.
Paul is to speak at a Tea Party statewide rally July 5 at the Capitol, said his campaign chairman, David Adams.
The rally is called "FreedomFest 2010!" It is to begin at 5 p.m.
Adams said Monday that the campaign has been working with movement organizers in Kentucky for the event.
The movement advocates fewer taxes and less federal government.
Meanwhile, Conway on Monday started a petition drive on his campaign Web site — firstname.lastname@example.org — to demand that BP be held accountable for the Gulf oil spill.
Paul said last month that it was unfair for President Obama to criticize BP.
Conway's press secretary said the petitions will be sent to leaders in Congress.