When Bill Goodman interviewed Sen. Rand Paul in Louisville several weeks ago, he concluded their conversation with a word association game. Goodman would mention names of prominent politicians and the senator would say the first words that came to his mind about those individuals.
That three-minute segment has since gotten national attention, thanks to mentions in the Washington Post, Business Insider, CNN, and the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Bluegrass Politics blog. Much of this coverage has focused on Paul’s pithy descriptions of potential opponents in the 2016 presidential election.
But Paul also had some nice things to say about Sen. Cory Booker. The New Jersey Democrat and Kentucky Republican are sponsoring legislation called the REDEEM Act, which proposes a series of criminal justice reforms, including provisions to make it easier for nonviolent juvenile offenders to expunge their criminal records, and allow certain low-level drug criminals to still receive food stamps and other welfare benefits. The legislation is an attempt to roll-back what Booker and Paul see as some of the most punitive and discriminatory aspects of the war on drugs.
This partnership between the two freshmen senators has led the Beltway media to label them “Washington’s newest odd couple.”
Here’s the full video clip from One to One in which Paul offers his thoughts about Booker and how politicians who otherwise disagree on most policies can work together on specific issues on which they do agree.
This post was written by KET public affairs reporter John Gregory.