Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks to resident during his Bardstown stop.
Sen. Paul speaks with a woman who identified herself as the mother-in-law of Jason Ellis.
Barbara Roberts asks Sen. Paul a question during the Bardstown meet and greet.
Sen. Paul answers a question from the crowd.
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul talked politics over pastries during a visit to Bardstown Wednesday.
Nearly 60 people packed into Just Baked, a Bardstown cafe, for a chance to meet one-on-one with Kentucky's junior senator as part of his five city meet and greet tour.
"The good news is your government's back open," began Paul before pausing. "The bad news is, your government's back open. It wouldn't be so bad but we're borrowing a million dollars every minute."
During the informal meet and greet, Paul entertained a variety of Bardstown resident questions and concerns ranging from term limits to federal debt.
"When will China stop loaning us money," questioned one café patron.
"That's a good question," responded Paul. "When China stops loaning us money, we're in a real bad way."
While some of the senator's responses garnered praise, others rendered the café silent.
"Senator, do you know who Jason Ellis is," questioned a woman who later identified herself as the mother-in-law of the slain Bardstown police officer.
"That was my son-in-law. This is his dog," said the woman gesturing to the K-9. "How familiar are you with that story and what can you do to help us?"
Paul hedged around what he could do to help bring a close to the unsolved murder case.
"You know, I feel the sadness you have for it and I think we should do everything we can," responded Paul.
Ellis' self-proclaimed mother-in-law responded with a follow-up query.
"What do you think we should do about the drug problem here," said the woman.
"I think that it's an awful problem," replied Paul. "It's something that we should everything we can to try to stop it."
Throughout the nearly hour-long visit, federal talking points also garnered attention with national debt and the Affordable Care Act striking a cord with some in attendance.
"We're just fed up," said Bardstown resident Barbara Roberts. "We're fed up with taxes and regulations."
"I had great insurance and so now my company is now dropping it," explained another resident to Paul during a one-on-one conversation. "I'm going to have to pay 10% to 20% of all doctor's bills."
"There's 700,000 people on Medicaid. We're now going to add 350,000 people in one year to Medicaid. What do you think is going to happen to hospitals around Kentucky?" posed Paul. "When you replace private insurance with government insurance these local hospitals are going to struggle and may face bankruptcy."
Paul wrapped up his Bardstown visit by taking photographs with residents before heading to his next of four scheduled Commonwealth tour stops.
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