Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul “pitched his campaign message of smaller government and tighter spending to more than 200 of the state’s top GOP leaders Saturday during a unity rally intended to knit together the party,” the Courier-Journal reports.
Speaking before U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trey Grayson, whom he beat for the Senate nomination, Paul stayed on message in an address that lasted less than four minutes and steered clear of his recent controversial media comments about civil rights, the Gulf oil spill and a fatal Kentucky coal mine accident.
“Let’s limit government,” said Paul, who defeated Grayson, the candidate McConnell backed, by a blistering 23 points in Tuesday’s primary. “Let’s keep government out of our lives and let’s allow America’s greatness to thrive and be the great beacon in the world once again.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who “introduced Paul and shook hands with him as the crowd erupted in applause and chanted the candidate’s name, reiterated Paul’s message in a speech that lasted under seven minutes.”
“He’s been talking about too much spending, too much debt, too much taxes, and that’s what the American people have on their minds,” McConnell said. “Nobody’s done that more effectively across America this year than Rand Paul.”
Notably, Rand Paul “declined to speak to reporters after the event.”
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