Rand Paul says he'd support McConnell as leader, then says maybe

07/22/2010 03:45 PM

(WITH VIDEO) In his most definitive statement on the issue yet, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul pledged to vote for fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell as the Republican leader of the Senate next year.

But he somewhat backed away from that minutes later.

Previously, Paul or his campaign has sidestepped the question of support for McConnell, who supported Trey Grayson against Paul in the Republican primary. Paul’s answer has repeatedly left the door open on how he would vote when it comes to the leader of the Republican caucus in the Senate.

Speaking to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board of Directors Thursday morning, Paul said he would vote for McConnell while trying to tie opponent Jack Conway to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But by the end of his allotted time to answer, Paul had reverted back to voting for “a Republican leader.”

In a news conference immediately after the farm bureau forum, Paul expressed disbelief about how the question of his support or non-support of McConnell had grown.

—Reporting by Kenny Colston and video produced by Don Weber


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