May 25th, 2010
06:21 PM ET
10 years ago

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)

    So do I understand this correctly, McConnell has told Paul not to talk any more? Only the republican leader can talk to the national press? I wonder how Mr. Paul feels about his right to speak being tramped on? Isn't the GOP great, only talk when spoken too, I'll do the national press interviews, you just shut up and sit down over in the corner. Maybe that's exactly why the GOP's pick lost.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 25, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. jeff jackson, alabama

    He may put the race in Republican's hands
    but I've told you all before the Pauls are NOT
    Republicans. They are Libertarians parading
    as Republicans. Trust me on this. You know
    how the socialist have hijacked the democratic
    party, well.............................................

    May 25, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. MrEZ

    I want to hear Paul talk more. I want to hear about the money he has gotten from Stormfront.

    May 25, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. rdepontb

    The Senate is a national body, making laws of the land, spending the public's money. A Senator is not representing only the people of his state in making law and passing bills, even though he or she certainly is fully expected to so represent the interests of his or her state.

    Given this role in setting national policy, it is fair and even incumbent upon the press to help determine the rationale these Senate hopefuls use in making their judgments. The people of that particular state have the right to hear outside, unbiased journalists ask, and their candidates answer, national-level questions. The people of that particular state have a right also to observe what the rest of the country has to say about their candidates. This is called democracy-for the people, all the people.

    May 25, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    The way turtle-face acts, it's the democrats and turtle-face running the government. No other voices are allowed. Can anybody say NAZI DICTATOR?

    May 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Matt Toma

    Rand Paul can refer to himself as a libertarian all he wants, but as long as he postures as a social conservative, he should, and most likely will, lose the "true" libertarians in the electorate.

    The very idea of someone that calls themselves a libertarian pandering to the anti choice and anti homosexual crowd is quite sad.

    Sovereignity over oneself is essentially the defning principle for "true" libertarians, and that includes reproduductive and sexual choice.

    Anti state social conservatives arent liberatarians, even if they delude themselves that they are. They are authoritarian unregulated market social conservatives, and there is a massive difference.

    May 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Chandler01

    Re: Corker on previous post:
    If Financial Reform was handled in a partisan way, how come 4 or 5 Republicans voted for it in the Senate????
    If Republicans wanted more imput on Financial Reform, how come they declined to participate in the many committees the bill went through?????

    May 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Donnatella

    My advice to him would be: speak to the racist people in Kentucky they get you, the rest of the country might be offended okay!

    May 25, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Why? Rand is the only honest Republican running for Senate. McConnell would prefer more of the usual hot air and lies from the "establishment" instead of the truth from a real right-winger not afraid to express his extremist views. Everyone respects someone honest , which explains why nobody respects McConnell.

    May 25, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. waiting

    I guess this means closed meetings to the media and public when
    Dr. Paul lays out his political agenda. Now ,how will we know what he's really thinking.Kentucky would be crazy to elect this man!
    His slogan should be " I cant discuss my political veiws-just vote
    for me anyway!" WOW!

    May 25, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Its unlikely the statements on Civil Rights will shoot Ron Paul's chances of winning: its the fact that anyone who belives that the Federal Government has ANY role beyond providing the Paul family with access to free medical care and medicaide and medicare reimbursments will reject his intellectually weak and morally indefensible candidacy.The only exceptions will be those lazy conservatives who believe in never having to pay for anything and receiving everything.

    May 25, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. key

    The GOP did the same thing with Palin. Realized they made a mistake thin quickly shut them up. Private property still use public services This was the driving foc

    May 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. David

    I think Rand Paul should keep on talking – feel free to say whatever's on his mind. It will only help the Democrats. lol

    May 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Howard2, Seattle, WA

    That's probably good political advice for Rand Paul. He obviously has foot in mouth disease. When you find yourself in a hole, the best thing to do is stop digging.

    May 25, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Heather, Seattle

    Why should he quit talking? Shouldn't voters know what he, one of the tea partiers, stand for? Let them decide if they want someone who criticizes equal rights and says the president shouldn't be that mean to a company who has caused one of the biggest oil spills in the history of the world.

    May 25, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Marlene

    Rand Paul meet the Party of No! No don't talk, no don't think, no don't act on your own. The only way to win is the Mitch McConnell way. So now Rand Paul is a Republican? A Kentucky Republican who is under Mitch McConnell's thumb? Did Paul just throw over the Liberterian views or the Tea Party influences. Did he become Republican just to win the Senate seat? Does that mean Mr. Paul is to big to fail?

    May 25, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    Rand Paul for Senate Minority Leader! Let's get a real conservative leader in the Senate.

    May 25, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh, come on, Mitch....he's your boy now. Are you saying you don't have any faith in the man the nutjobs who hijacked your party have nominated to stand next to you? Oh, thats right, its the horrible liberal media thats to blame (cue violins). Once again, soiling the GOP with the tru-, er, excuse me, lies. Sorry, almost had a rational thought there: better get in the habit of having irrational thoughts in case the GOP wins. Oh, I forgot, all we have to do is dust off our thought processes from 2000-2008.

    Heckuva job there, Paulie: I can see Kentucky from my house!

    May 25, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    I like Paul. He speaks the truth, to the dismay of some Republicans and the absolute horror of all democrats.

    It is always refreshing to see when someone is not afraid to call out the facts on liberals, which liberals need to ignore when they justify their positions.

    May 25, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. tstorm

    Rand Paul is an anti-American "loose cannon" who sides with the Republicans. He's gotta be their worst nightmare for conservatives since Sarah Palin came on betcha!

    May 25, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Joseph B

    Why do Republicans have to be hidden from the press and their constituents?

    May 25, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. shaking my head

    now his is funny, the devil I know talking to the devil I dont know and dont care to know and know enough of to just say know, and I really do me 'know.' Where did they talk, in the Country club or the Muhammad Ali center lol

    May 25, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Keep talking Rand, don't let that old fart tell you what to do.

    May 25, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. maf

    Wow, only a week late putting the muzzle on this Rogue!
    Get in line Rand, you have the list of talking points in front of you. . .

    maybe we will all get to see if you learned them well enough to deliver the Saturday rebuttal to the President's weekly radio address!

    The Democrats would love for you to keep talking as it just shows them how far back the GOP has stepped and makes it a much easier process come November and 2012!!

    May 25, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Common Cents

    Rand Paul should officially change his name to "Rant" Paul....

    May 25, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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