Franklin County

Grayson calls on Paul to take down ad using 9/11 images

FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson called on rival Rand Paul on Tuesday to stop airing an ad that uses imagery of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Secretary of State's campaign also released an Internet video that implies Paul's views on the attacks mirror those of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama.

Grayson said in a statement he was "truly offended" Paul would use images from 9/11 "to deceive Kentuckians about his true beliefs."

Paul's campaign manager, David Adams, called Grayson's request "nonsense."

In his TV ad, Paul expressed his outrage at the 9/11 attacks and criticized Grayson for questioning Paul's patriotism in a TV ad.

The Grayson ad says Paul "even wonders whether 9/11 was our fault." It shows Paul at a Blue Grass Policy Institute Forum in 2009, where he said "maybe some of the bad things that happen are a reaction to our presence in some of these countries."