State Leaders Weigh In On Rand Paul

May 25, 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Gov. Steve Beshear says he's concerned about recent comments made by Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul about the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Paul initially questioned the federal government's right to impose discrimination guidelines on private businesses. He later revised his comments, clarifying his opposition to all forms of racism. But the answers don't satisfy Gov. Beshear.

"You know, this was settled 50 years ago. And it's very disturbing that we have a person running for public office, and has the nomination of a major political party in our state, has that kind of philosophy."

Beshear, a Democrat, is urging Kentuckians of all political persuasions to thoroughly study Rand Paul's positions on the issues before the November general election.

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he certain his party's nominee supports equal rights for everyone. Williams says, overall, Paul's campaigning style is a plus.

"I will tell you that at times he is not the most skillful of polished politician, but I think that's what's attracts him to people."

Paul takes on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the fall election.