Rand Paul Refers To Woman Being Stomped On As “Jockying Back And Forth”
Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul addressed the issue of the woman from MoveOn.org who was stomped on before last night’s debate between Paul and Democrat Jack Conway, and appeared to minimize it. (h/t Think Progress)
PAUL: And there was a bit of a crowd control problem. I don’t want anybody though to be involved in things that aren’t civil. I think this should always be about the issues. And it is an unusual situation to have so many people so passionate on both sides jockeying back and forth. And it wasn’t something that I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it is going to be better.
Paul aide Jesse Benton put out this statement:
We understand that there was an altercation outside of the debate between supporters of both sides and that is incredibly unfortunate. Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election. We are relieved to hear that the woman in question was not injured.
Jack Conway’s statement was more in line with the severity of the matter:
I was shocked to see video footage of a Rand Paul supporter stomping the head of a woman outside the debate last night. We can disagree on issues, and I don’t know what preceded the incident, but physical violence by a man against a woman must never be tolerated. It is my hope that steps have been taken to ensure this kind of thuggish behavior never happens again in this campaign.Click here for reuse options!
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