May 25th, 2010
06:21 PM ET
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McConnell: Paul's said quite enough

(CNN) - The top Senate Republican says it's time for Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul to stop talking to the national press.

"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."

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. floydfix69

    no dont stop, dig your grave

    May 25, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    What, and (God forbid) Rand Paul is elected to the U.S. Senate, he's not allowed to speak on the floor of the Senate; do interviews; introduce bills; speak publically; etc., etc., etc.?

    Jeez, McConnell, you guys are really scraping the bottom of the barrel that your candidates can't handle talking to the press!

    Maybe if they weren't all ignoramuses with radical, totally-out-of-touch-with-reality views, they would fare better on the national stage.

    May 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. unbelievable.

    oooh, Mitch McConnell is trying to put his foot down and reign in his future opponent..

    I guess he sees Rand Paul as a threat. Thanks Mitch, for putting Kentucky on the map in a negative way.

    May 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. John

    McConnell: Paul's said quite enough

    Quite the opposite, really. Let the Tea Party windbags and Libertarian simpletons air the upspoken racism of conservatives for everyone to see.

    May 25, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. geoff

    Right on, Mitch... Instead of a convoluted way of sticking his foot in his mouth, Rand should follow the guidance of the big dog ... and just say no.

    May 25, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. ATL Guy

    I tend to disagree with Mitchie boy. I believe Rand Paul should be free to say whatever he wants to say. It is after all a free country. He represents the new Republican Party.

    May 25, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. jbakaregit

    McConnell, over 40% of Trey Graysons people said they would NOT vote for Rand Paul. And that was before he opened his mouth up to the nation.

    Conway is on top of this and will defeat Rand Paul come November. It really is too bad you've opened up yet another pandoras box (ala Palin) that you won't be able to close.

    You own Rand "Discrimination" Paul now.

    May 25, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. RTB

    Although I am no fan of McConnell. It is sound advise to Rand Paul.

    This is a case of the blind leading the lame.

    May 25, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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