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Rand Paul Steps Away From Bundy: 'I Wholeheartedly Disagree'

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Bundy had openly wondered last weekend if black people had been "better off slaves" in comments reported Wednesday by the New York Times.

Paul had offered some support for Bundy's cause in earlier remarks about the rancher's standoff with the federal government, criticizing the armed federal presence.

“The federal government shouldn’t violate the law, nor should we have 48 federal agencies carrying weapons and having SWAT teams," Paul had said.