May 18th, 2010
08:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Kaine statement targets McConnell

(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.”

Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Sorry but disbanding the federal reserve and their policies WOULD support and help economic recorery. The Federal Reserve is a big part of our problem.

    May 18, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Next – get rid of McConnell. He's sure to go next time he's up. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (we can only hope he loses minority leadership to someone a little more moderate - SANE).

    May 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Kaine is a moron! The will of the People(not the party) will win out!! Repubs did not listen and were voted out. Dems came in and did not listen and they will be voted out! This time Americans will vote in the people WE BELIEVE will serve THE PEOPLE and not THE PARTY!!

    May 18, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Matt

    Did Kaine issue a similar statement when McDonnell and Christie won after Obama picked and campaigned for their opponents?

    Will Kaine issue similar statements if Lincoln and Specter go down tonight, two candidates that Obama has endorsed?

    This is why people are sick of politics, because of actions like this. Why come out and make a statement like that?

    May 18, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    McConnell is a Republican obstructionist who spent this year telling lies, spreading hate and fear, and sounding like an idiot. He will never be re-relected.

    He never had any power. The Republican Party has NO leadership and no ideas and nothing to run on. They are just whiners who hate that we have a brilliant leader for President who happens to be black. Their all-white old men Party can't tolerate such a thing. They are stuck in the 1950s and are bad for the future of America.

    They still don't get we voted for Obama for a reason – we reject Republican stupidity, alliances with corporations and not the People who elected them, and their disaster policies that brought down our country. They are still clueless. If they think we are going to let them destroy the country again, they are delusional. We say NO to the Party of NO!

    May 18, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Pragmatic

    Jim Hightower has said something about not being able to clean up the water in the creek until the hogs are removed ... let the games begin!

    May 18, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    It's only a "stunning loss" if the GOP doesn't get the message that the neo-con message-as-usual of self-righteous bible-thumping isn't what Americans want to hear. The GOP need to make a choice: They can keep trying to cram their "morality"–definite quotation-marks around that word–down everyone's throats and, in doing so, throw away their chances in November and in 2012. Or they can address issues that really concern us these days–principally the economy–and possibly make a little headway against the spend-thrift Dems.

    Once upon a time, the GOP really was the party of fiscal restraint, but they seem to have tossed that a decade or so ago. They once actually respected the rights of individuals, but now they seem to think it acceptable to demand that the whole world live their lives accord to what they keeping insisting are "Christian" principles.

    Straighten up, GOP, or blow it entirely. Your choice.

    May 18, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. ronalde

    McConnell can control the repugs in the senate but he can't control them at home,i wonder if he got the message,mcconnell is through.

    May 18, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    It would seem as thought the loony fringe virus has completely infected the host. The people who would not have been allowed to comment in a drunken rage in a bar are now the ones directing policy in a party once renowned for clear, sober, sensible ideas. Those ideas have now been tossed aside in favor of using poultry for bartering for medical attention, abolishing the Federal Reserve, and de-emphasizing a national strategy for education. Ironically, these types of proposals are being advocated by individuals like a well-trained medical professional and a successful business leader for the sole purpose of making an easy, cheap appeal to those who have difficulty dealing with the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. Why do they do it? Because its easier than trying to actually solve problems. They might call it adhering to the Constitution, but lets call it what it is: moral and intellectual cowardice. Our Founders certainly could not have envisioned all of what our nation has become, but they knew it would change. The GOP, once a great force for moral change, have become the guardians of a cowardly philosophy of saying no, or taking steps backwards if it gains them an advantage.

    Cowards all.

    May 18, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Mitch

    Is this a joke? Stunning loss? How about the democrats are already conceding the race. LOL

    May 18, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. D. Pasha

    Mr. Kaine, I hope you are right. Never, however, underestimate the subacuity and invidiousness of the electorate or the venality of the presstitutes, which has provided us with two terms of Reagan, two of W., the Iraq war, the Contract on America, the mobbing of the Dixie Chicks, and now the rise of tea-stained brown shirts

    May 18, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. November can't get here fast enough!

    What an idiot Kaine is.

    May 18, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. ib

    Kaine; a sorry gov. in Va. and a sorry leader of the DNC. What a joke.

    May 18, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. November

    LOL – Tim! If you thought that was a stunning message, just wait until November. That's going to be a real jaw dropper for you!

    May 18, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. tess

    you are running on empty and scared to death – the republicans and tea party will merge and then you will really start squealing like stuck pigs!

    May 18, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Good bye Republicans.

    May 18, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Bob

    I live in Virginia. Govenor Kane didn't do anything for Virginia, and is doing less for the Democratic Party.

    May 18, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. ShellyNM

    If it were up to the Paul family, no more social security, medicare or anything other than a very quiet military. People are really stupid to go for this social Darwinist. Amazingly so. Ron even named his son after Ayn Rand. Quotes from the brilliant Ayn Rand:
    "If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject."
    "Money is the barometer of a society's virtue."
    Our past Sec. Treas., Alan Greenspan was also an ardent admirer of Ms. Rand. He practically brought the world to its knees with his laissez faire fiscal policy.

    May 18, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. jayhawh

    what ! Tim and author must be in bed together unbelievable to come up with that conclusin

    May 19, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |