Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t seemed too concerned about a possible challenge from actress Ashley Judd in 2014, but fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Kentuckians to know the possible U.S. Senate challenger — and that she doesn’t represent their state.
Paul appeared on ‘State of the Union’ with Candy Crowley on Sunday morning, via video call. The host asked him to talk about the 2014 U.S. Senate race in his home state. Crowley played part of the American Crossroads ad that criticized Judd for being an “Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal” and asked the Senator if the early ad signaled that McConnell is in trouble.
“Is he, at this point, looking weak?” she asked.
“You know, when I heard Ashley Judd might run for office, I thought maybe it was Parliament, since she lives in Scotland half of the year,” Paul joked.
“I think part of politics making sure people know about who you are running against,” he added. Paul admitted that Judd is famous, attractive and articulate, but said she does not actually represent Kentucky.
“I mean, she was a representative for Tennessee last year, she lives in Tennessee, so I think you need to make sure people know that so people don’t think she’s from Kentucky or lives here,” Paul said.
During the interview, Paul also said that it’s “unlikely” that McConnell would face a Tea Party challenger.
“I haven’t heard any Republican challenger come forward,” the Senator said.