Paul, McConnell together on the circuit in Kentucky
February 22nd, 2014
07:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Paul, McConnell together on the circuit in Kentucky

updated 745am ET Sunday

(CNN) – In a  joint appearance, Kentucky's two U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, shared the floor at a fundraiser in Louisville.

The two attended the "Party for the Party Dinner" of the Jefferson County GOP on Friday evening. Each spoke for a few minutes, attempting to stir supporters and galvanize the grassroots.

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The appearance comes just a few days after McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and Paul, the first term senator who's seriously considering a 2016 run for the GOP presidential nomination, teamed up on Monday to help roll out a hemp pilot program to benefit Kentucky agriculture.

McConnell's up for re-election this year, and faces a primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who has some local and national tea party support.

The only one mention Friday of Bevin, however, was when a reporter asked Paul about Bevin's recent comments on same-sex marriage. Bevin created some waves when he asked where one draws the line between same-sex marriage and marriage between a parent and a child. A spokeswoman later clarified his comments, saying Bevin "sees no comparison between gay marriage and incest."

Saying his job is "not to be the arbiter of what everybody says in every primary," Paul responded to the question. "I'm going to let them speak for themselves and I think they're doing a fine job."

"It's going to be a spirited primary, and it'll go back and forth and back and forth," said Paul, who last year endorsed McConnell's re-election bid.

For his part, McConnell sounded pretty confident that both Bevin and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, are no match.

"I'm not offended by having a primary. I don't have any sense of entitlement. I don't own this seat. I have to earn it, and I'll earn it in both the primary and the general," McConnell said Friday.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If the GOP would DOWNLOAD the teaparty they might actually be capapable of governing maybe??????

    February 22, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. rs

    What a pair! The "do-nothing" and the "know-nothing". I live in AZ where we have rare Republican talent- these guys could hail from Paradise Valley, Apache Junction or Mesa!

    Hint- that's no compliment.

    February 22, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Call me Joe


    February 22, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Steve851

    If the GOP has any future it is with Rand Paul. McConnell was apparently smart enough to understand this and Paul was smart enough to appreciate that the leader of the Senate GOP is in a tough spot

    February 22, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Martha in CF

    Sorry boys but Alison Lundergan Grimes will beat the pants off of both McConnell and Bevin. No more tea partier and no more redumblican.

    February 22, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Steve851

    If the GOP has any future it is with Rand Paul. McConnell was apparently smart enough to understand this and Paul was smart enough to appreciate that the leader of the Senate GOP is in a tough spot. McConnell has to deal with neocon idiots like McCain and Graham, the remnants of the GOP's disastrous past, not to mention the social, so-called "conservatives,"

    February 22, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Sheila

    Rand Paul 2016 !

    February 22, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Loathstheright

    Two unAmerican traitors. The Fake Doctor Paul, and make America fail "Turtle" McConnell.

    February 22, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. RadioUranus

    It's difficult to imagine how Senator McConnell would not be malevolently partisan enough to satisfy even the Tea Party.

    February 22, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. angry

    I can't believe these two , Time Magazine just listed Kentucky as one of the 5 most miserable states to live in. Maybe these guys should try to fix their own state before they try to tell the rest of us how to run our lives. They should look in a mirror.

    February 22, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. blakenaustin

    McConnell and Boehner are MVPs for the Democrats. They provide shameful and hurtful leadership to the GOP in the Senate and House.

    February 22, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic idiots. Vote them out.

    February 22, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. tafugate

    they really do hate each other's guts. but politics is politics.

    February 22, 2014 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP is going to LOSE BIG in November and it's coming fast and their predictions of victory are hollow and FALSE!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |

    IF this is THE United States of America .What would it hurt for us We The People to vote on important issues ? Instead of all them power hungry junky Politicians that WANT! DO IT . and work 3months out 0f the year! WeAmericans will do it Vote online for them .0R Call an press 1 for yes an two for no ? An they can set at the house like the Queen of England ?An spend our checks an get room service with a guard ? thx i feel better. just teasing????

    February 22, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Mark

    Kentucky: Most embarrassing state in the Union.

    February 22, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. conelrad

    These two dynamos wowed the crowd when they went through the entire list of everything they HAVEN'T DONE in the last 5 years - talk about lazy loafers sucking off the guvment ... still waiting for that JOBS program from these GOP trolls

    February 22, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. VJ

    I think Mitch has to forget this primary... Tea Party will win in KY.

    February 22, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Larry B.

    These guys are really desperate. Political desperation makes for some really strange bedfellows. These folks just get funnier all the time!

    February 22, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. The Elephant in the Room

    Isnt the GOP tired of being USED by Rand Paul & Rafael Cruz? Neither is truly a Republican and both get more out of the affiliation they they deliver to the party.

    Honestly, how many "Republicans" support Rand Paul`s position on National Defense and military intervention? Virtually none. Yet, nobody talks about this elephant in the room.

    Meanwhile Rafael [and let`s pass a law that REQUIRES canidates to use their formal, official names instead of some Ameericanized, cutsie psuedonyms] goes out of his way to embarass the party and REVEAL its infighting and dysfunction. Rafael is usingg the party to prop up "Ted Cruz for POTUS Inc."; a MONEY MAKING VENTURE designed only to enrich himself.
    Both of these guys causse branding confusion to independent thinking voters. They ARE NOT Republicans.

    February 22, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Glenn Beck , con man with a microphone .

    February 23, 2014 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  22. Simplefaith

    The Republican Party is a mess. We don't know who to like or who to trust.

    February 23, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |

    Dopey Rand Paul won't help Turtle survive. The tea potty wingnuts hate Turtle McConnell.

    February 23, 2014 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  24. troppo1

    yep, not the party for the poeple,, no.. it's always been the party for the GOP party and no-one else

    February 23, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  25. Pete

    Boy would that be nice to see this racist Kentucky duo both get bounced at midterms..November can't get here fast enough can it....

    February 23, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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