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)
  1. Gil

    Yes, Mitch tape his mouth shut so we won't find out about how far to the right the Party of No has been taken. Rand P. is a nut case. If farmers would find out he was against all farm subsidies maybe they wouldn't vote for him either. Yet, in Kentucky, the know nothing state, he has a 20% point lead. Ignorance is learned and just listen to Mitch if you want to hear where it comes from!

    May 25, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Meka

    McConnell got this one right . . . Rand Paul is a Carbon Copy of Sarah Palin!

    May 25, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Are republicans afraid Paul will turn out to be a media diva like Palin, hogging airwaves, saying stupider and stupider things by the hour?

    May 25, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Matthew in Wisconsin

    Good advice there Mitch. Stop talking. Just stop. For goodness sake, just shut up. Sure.... Rand Paul is the "Real American" that the Tea Party says should be running America. Need to take back America. We need REAL AMERICANS like Sarah Palin and Rand Paul to run our country. Oh! Tell Sarah to stop talking also. PLEASE STOP TALKING. PLEASE! And while on that topic.. everything that is wrong with America is Obama's fault. He did it. It's all his fault.

    In case anyone one was not clear on that. Things were great. Obama was elected. Things are bad now.

    So to re-cap. Rand and Sarah will stop talking. Everything is Obama's fault.

    Good. We're all clear now. Yeah.... Good night America.

    May 25, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. James

    Senator, are you going to put a muzzle on him? Maybe you should have asked to see his papers too. You Republicans are a bunch of clowns and that's being kind.

    May 25, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Gail Waring

    McCain has said enough and time for him to just be quiet. Letting his aides talk him into Palin was his first mistep and now he just keeps going. Retire, John.

    May 25, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. jaddie

    Just like i been saying all along 200 years behind time and can not go forward. This is Ky. But I would really like to know his backers that want to serve certain people, so I wouldn't have to go to their stores are any where they don't want me. I work and my money is green just like the white man or woman. Just tell me where they don't want us. We would be glad not to go.

    May 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Repulsican Nerds

    The same for you, Mitch McChinless, you blathering idiot.

    May 25, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. No Incumbents 2010

    Mitch is not a loyal Republican if he doesn't defend Rand 100 percent. Rand Paul is a true American patriot, not a career politician, who will be a breath of fresh air in the US Senate.

    May 25, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. vj

    He is another dump candidate like Mitch McConnell. It is a good advice not to make any more mistakes until the election is over. Lets see Kentucky voters listen his advice.
    Hayward, CA

    May 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. leon pa

    you see these guys should't be in washington.

    May 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom (the real one)

    When Rand Paul said that President Obama's criticism of BRITISH Petroleum "is un-American" ..... does Rand Paul realize that BRITISH Petroleum IS.......... British?

    BTW Rand Paul, EVERYONE in America IS criticizing BP! SO....... we are ALL un-American!

    Gee, Kentucky, what a loon you choose for the GOP candidate!

    May 25, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Ahahaha! In other words, "keep yer trap shut, Randy. We don't want the real Americans to catch on to our underlying philosophy of governance." Good luck keeping the marmoset in the bag, Mitchy my man. Have a nice day!

    May 25, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. TonyInLargo

    If Mitch McConnell is not a racist he would have issued a strong statement repudiating the comments by Rand Paul. Instead, he suggested that the candidate should address other issues. For a good listener (reader), few words are required.

    I believe Paul should continue to speak his mind, in order for voters to be able to gauge more clearly the Republican Party of today.

    If Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul understood the mess that B.P. has created, they'd be criticizing B.P. as well. However, the Republican Party does not represent the average American Citizen. The GOP represents the Wall Street Bankers and Brokers, the Oilmen the Insurance Companies and the big money people. They do so because they firmly and staunchly believe in "Trickle Down Economics".

    Unfortunately, they also have many like Rand Paul who would, if allowed, turn back the hands of time to the era of "exclusion" in our country.

    Kentucky .........the eyes of the country are upon you.

    May 25, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. gate

    Yes Rand, don't let anyone find out what an extremist nutjob you are until after you are elected. That's the GOP way.

    May 25, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Shirley in California

    He is definitely NOT ready for prime time. If you want to hold any office you must at least give the impression – you can handle the media. Just ask palin. Another loser but what can you expect considering the tea crowd backed him.

    May 25, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. CBR

    Oh dear, Is Rand Paul spoiling Senator McConnell's party? Sen. McConnell has no control over another candidates words or actions. He seems to control the elected members so it is refreshing to have a candidate speak his own mind.

    I might not agree with Rand Paul but he has every right to speaks to the national press, Kentucky press, and voters everywhere. That is what free speech is all about. Sorry Senator McConnell. Even you must support free speech.

    May 25, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. gl2south2000

    No, Mr. Paul, keep talking to the press. Continue to show yourself for what your really are.

    May 25, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. KYJurisDoctor

    It Is Time To Put Rand Paul's Civil Rights Matter To FINAL Rest. Back To REAL Issues And Solving The Nation's WORSENING Problems.

    May 25, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Susan

    The repbulicans would be doing themselves a favor if they would distance themselves from these Tea Baggers and Palin......they are going to lose it for them in November.......and they will have no one to blame but themselves.......

    May 25, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Old Artillery Man

    Gotta shut Paul up. Can’t have him revealing the real GOP real agenda.

    May 25, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    OH no he hasn't! Please Please PLEASE keep talking Rand Paul! We love to hear your ignorant opinions and bigoted statements. Your opponents are drooling to hear more! The American people want to hear just how seedy the soft underbelly of the far-right, super-libertarian GOP really is! For an extra-special prime-time event, maybe we could have a 'Palin-Paul 2012' ticket to laugh at, too!

    BTW i LOVE that Mitch McConnell is actually telling THIS guy to 'zip it'. It's like the pot calling the kettle black to the Buh-Zillionth power. LOVE IT!

    May 25, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    But Senator- didn't you know he was elected king not just as the nominee of his- I'm sorry- the Repulbican party?
    This Libertarian thinks he actually won something last week. The press made him seem like the Phoenix rising from the ashes instead of the uninformed, ulta-conservative choice of the Tea Party and its sizable campaign fund.
    Too bad that is all they have. So, Senator, you are correct, he should shut up. He should have never had a platform ot speak in the first place, but that's your party in 2010. Unfortunately, they are acting like its 1810. And let me be the first to Thank you, the Republican party and the Tea Party for their loud, out of touch rhetoric and hysteria giving incumbant Democrats a chance this fall.
    I thought we might suffer major defeats. Instead, we are now competitive in almost every race once more!

    May 25, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. whitey

    They hate Rand because he tells the truth and belief in lies is much easier for liberals. Oh my god the white man that doesn't play the white guilt game is telling the truth again, guess we better start spouting off the racist wingnut lunatic gun nut lefty vitriol that the dumbded down public believes. Freedom for all under a constitutional government is a great ideal to work for. Im tired of subsidizing other peoples failure or laziness with my paycheck! And shut up turtlehead can't wait till you lose your primary next time scumbag!

    May 25, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    So here's the Republican strategy: Only talk to your own blind supporters, because Lord knows, who and what you really are is reprehensible to anyone with a thought between their ears.

    Pretty darn pathetic, even for the GOP ...

    May 25, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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