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Rand Paul: Obama’s Overregulation Won Trump The Election

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul credited real estate mogul Donald Trump’s presidential win Wednesday morning, at least in part, to the Obama administration’s regulatory onslaught.

“It’s in reaction to these regulations,” Paul told Fox News, referencing in particular federal regulations on the coal industry — a major talking point of the Trump campaign.

“This was a big repudiation of the liberal elite,” said Paul, who held onto his Senate seat in a landslide victory against Lexington’s Democratic Mayor Jim Gray.

Paul also laid out a goal to put legislation in front of Trump to repeal at least half a dozen regulations in his first week in the oval office.

Paul beat Gray by a 53 to 43 percent margin, and Trump went on to win Kentucky’s eight electoral votes. Kentucky was one of the first states media outlets called for Trump on Tuesday night.

Trump promised Kentuckians he’d do all he could to revitalize the coal industry. Kentucky’s coal sector has been one of the hardest hit from cheap natural gas and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Trump said he’s repeal EPA rules hampering the coal industry and promote “clean coal.”

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