(CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued a statement Tuesday that calls Rand Paul's victory in the GOP Senate primary a "stunning loss" for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Read the full statement after the jump.
“Today, Kentucky Republicans selected Rand Paul as their Senate nominee, handing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a stunning loss. In a show of weakness for the Minority Leader, and in a race that symbolized the fight over the heart and soul of the Republican Party, Rand Paul overcame McConnell’s handpicked candidate by a large margin. Unfortunately for Republicans, ordinary Americans are unlikely to be receptive to extreme candidates like Rand Paul in the general election this November.
“Rand Paul’s positions fail to resonate beyond the far-right Republican segment of the electorate that supported him tonight. Middle-class Kentucky voters want to elect a Senator with clear ideas about how to create jobs and opportunities for Kentucky families. But Rand Paul is more interested in talking about abolishing the Department of Education and disbanding the Federal Reserve than about supporting economic recovery.
“As a result, Democrats are now in a better position to win Kentucky’s open Senate seat. Disenfranchised Republicans and independent-minded voters – as well as long-time Democrats – will have a choice on the Democratic side of a candidate who reflects the values and priorities of Kentucky voters instead of one in Rand Paul whose ideas are outside of the political mainstream and which would do nothing to put Kentuckians to work, help them send their kids to college or make health care more affordable.”