Rand Paul says Bevin report 'hurt credibility' but won't speculate about the damage
02/17/2014 09:28 PM
GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin’s credibility was damaged by the disclosure that he signed off on a report to investors in 2008 that praised the bank bailout, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told reporters Monday.
But Paul said before an event in Knott County that he wouldn’t speculate as to how much that would affect Bevin in the May 20 primary against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
As Politico first reported last week, Bevin signed off on an investors report that supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program even though Bevin has repeatedly slammed McConnell for voting for that bill.
Meanwhile, McConnell said even less about the May 20 primary race.
When a national TV reporter asked McConnell about the effect of the revelation about the investors report, McConnell suggested that she go ask Bevin about it.
He declined to comment on the state of the primary race. And he similarly deflected a question about his job approval ratings in recent public polls.
His most extensive political answer came in response to a question about conservative tea party-aligned groups like Freedom Works that have thrown their support behind Bevin. McConnell said Republican primary voters recognize that he is a conservative and cited his 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.
McConnell and Paul also indirectly addressed their mutual goals as a way to downplay any awkwardness in the wake of Paul telling Glenn Beck that he endorsed McConnell because McConnell asked before anyone else was in the race.
Here’s how Paul and McConnell described their joint political appearances:
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