From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Jack Conway (D), Rand Paul's general-election opponent in the Kentucky Senate race, is out with his statement on Paul after his comments on the Civil Rights Act on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show last night:
Rand Paul is promoting a narrow and rigid ideology and has repeatedly rejected a fundamental provision of the Civil Rights Act. He is focused on the Tea Party whereas I am running to be a senator for all the people of Kentucky, who are really hurting right now.
No matter how he tries to spin to the contrary, the fact is that Paul's ideology has dangerous consequences for working families, veterans, students, the disabled, and those without a voice in the halls of power. Kentucky voters have a choice between Rand Paul's ideology and our campaign to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Wall Street and Washington. We are reaching out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans across Kentucky to ask them to join our campaign and stand up for Kentucky families.
Showing shades of Sarah Palin, Paul today blamed Maddow on conservative Laura Ingraham's radio show, Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported.
"It was a poor political decision and probably won't be happening anytime in the near future," Paul said of going on Maddow's show. "Because, yeah, they can play things and want to say, 'Oh you believed in beating up people that were trying to sit in restaurants in the 1960s.' And that is such a ridiculous notion and something that no rational person is in favor of. [But] she went on and on about that."
He also walked back his criticism of the Civil Rights Act:
"These are settled issues in the Civil Rights Act. I have no intention of bringing up anything related to the Civil Rights Act... I think [segregation] is sort of a stain and blight on our history -- so, no, I have never really favored any change in the Civil Rights Act or any of that. But they have seemed to unleash the loony left on me."