Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) considers the passing of the Civil Rights Act one of the most important and “formative” events in his career. And that’s why, a McConnell spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Ben Smith, the senator is “glad to hear” Rand Paul supports it too.
Here’s the full statement, which avoids mentioning the current controversy surrounding the GOP’s nominee in the KY-SEN race:
Among Senator McConnell’s most vivid memories and most formative events in his career was watching his boss Sen. John Sherman Cooper help pull together the votes to break the filibuster and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has always considered the law a monumental achievement for the country and is glad to hear Dr. Paul supports it as well.
In the KY-SEN GOP primary, McConnell had endorsed Paul’s opponent Trey Grayson.
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