Karl Rove Visits Bowling Green, Talks KY Primary Politics

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

He's an author, a Newsweek and Wall Street Journal columnist and a Fox News contributor, and on Thursday, Karl Rove sat down with Daniel Kemp to give us his take on part of this past Tuesday's U.S. Senate Primary.

The former senior advisor to President George W. Bush talked about Rand Paul, the recent controversy surrounding him and his outlook for the general election.

Focus on the issues and the people will listen.

It's how a political outsider like Rand Paul can secure a senate nomination over an already established candidate, says Karl Rove.

"He had a focused message on deficit spending, debt and the growth of government power," Rover said. "Those are not only attractive messages within the Republican primary, in this state they're going to cut across party lines."

Paul's win over Secretary of State Trey Grayson gave Tea Party supporters a reason to party on Tuesday.

But Rove says Paul's following could grow even larger over the next six months.

"There are a lot of conservative Democrats, particularly in the rural part of the state, who didn't get their way in the Democratic senatorial primary," Rove said. "My suspicion is there are going to be a lot of available votes there if Paul goes after them."

But how likely is that now?

"It got repeated on a news network all day yesterday, that my position was to repeal the Civil Rights Act," said Dr. Rand Paul, during an interview on WBKO Thursday evening.

Paul has gone into defense mode after taking heat for saying he doesn't believe the federal government should force private businesses not to discriminate.

"There are some questions that I think are debatable because it becomes confusing sometimes about who makes the decision about smoking in a restaurant, carrying a gun in a restaurant, who comes into a restaurant," Paul said.

"I would hope that he would examine it and come back and say, 'You know what, I misspoke.' We don't in this country, want to sanction a restaurant refusing to serve black people or an auto body shop refusing to serve white people," Rove said.

Still, Rove says Paul has campaigned on "good common sense ideas," and those ideas could give him an excellent position in the fight come November.

"It is going to be a tough race, there's no doubt about it," Rove said. "They want to come in and embarrass Mitch McConnell in his home state by electing a Democrat. But this state is a conservative state and at the end of the day it's not going to send another Obama ally to Washington."

Karl Rove was the guest speaker Thursday evening at a dinner in Bowling Green to benefit the Foundation Christian Academy.

He's also on tour promoting his new book.

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