"I think he's said quite enough for the - for the time being in terms of national press coverage," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview set to air Tuesday on John King, USA.
The comments come after a string of potentially damaging interviews with national media outlets, in which Paul criticized parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, took aim at the American with Disabilities Act, and suggested President Obama's criticism of oil giant BP was "un-American." Following those appearances Paul pulled out of an interview on NBC's Meet the Press.
"My advice to him would be to speak to the people who are going to be actually voting in this election," McConnell told CNN's John King. McConnell had strongly backed Paul's opponent in the Republican primary.
The GOP leader also said he had spoken specifically to Paul about his comments on the Civil Rights Act that landed the freshly-minted Senate nominee in hot water last week.
Still, McConnell expressed confidence Paul would keep the seat - currently held by outgoing Sen. Jim Bunning - in the Republican column come November.
"According to the polls that came out after the primary, he has a 25 point lead going into the general election," he said. "He's in a very good position to put this Senate race in Kentucky in Republican hands."