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KY Rep: Rand Paul Has 'Embarrassed Kentuckians In The Eyes Of The World'

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"Rejecting the fundamental provision of the Civil Rights Act is a rejection of the foundational promise of America that all men and women should be treated equally," Yarmuth said, "a promise for which many Americans have lost their lives."

In a statement released by his campaign this afternoon, after Paul's controversial statements threatened to dominate the entire national discussion about the Kentucky race, Paul said he "will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964" if he is elected.

Yarmuth said that even Paul's comment to Rachel Maddow that he would have raised objections to the private business discrimination ban had he been in Congress when the Civil Rights Act was being debated goes too far.

"Leading is not hypothetical debating," Yarmuth said. "it's about solving real problems."

"It is the job of a Member of Congress to represent the needs of every one of their constituents," Yarmuth continued. "Not to allow businesses to segregate or discriminate against them."