District 1 candidates on stage 5 days before primary

Four Republicans and one Democrat are vying represent Kentucky District 1 in congress. All of them were in Paducah at the Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership monthly breakfast.

“You need a congressman in Washington that understands this community better than any other. And, you need a congressman that will fight for your interests and stand up for you,” said Mike Pape.

"The whole system is corrupt and I don’t hear the Republicans squealing the way they should and surely the democrats are allowing it,” Miles Caughey Jr. said. 

“I know what it’s like to make a payroll. I know what it’s like to create private sector jobs. These are the things we need in Washington D.C,” James Comer said.

“Each year, the same types of candidates with the same types of talking points. Then you and I are faced with the same types of results, but this is different,” Jason Batts said.

The lone Democrat, Sam Gaskins, ended the introduction period with this: “We need somebody that actually has the guts to stand up and say ‘Enough is enough. I’m done with it.’”

Only 20 percent of registered voters are expected to show up, but that isn’t keeping the candidates from talking about the issues. They were asked a question by the chamber about an upcoming rule giving overtime to salaried employees, here is how each candidate responded:

Gaskins: “The hourly rates and things of this nature, they need to be split between the corporations and the small businesses.”

Pape: “You’re going to have to reach into some magical pot of money and come up with funds for something the government thinks you should do. I think that’s fundamentally wrong.”

Comer: “The problem with the regulators and the people that propose the regulations is all they’ve ever done is work for the government their entire life.”

Caughey: “If it’s getting people to making $20,000 to $30,000 a year. I almost have to say I support that.”

Batts: “The role of an executive branch agency is to regulate, not legislate. And it seems like far too often in Washington they get it backwards.”

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