Politicians attending the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the state fair each year are confronted with a gauntlet of reporters sticking tape recorders and microphones in front of them.
Here are some capsules of comments by some of those politicians on Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul stopped short of calling on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was considered the most vulnerable incumbent Democrat seeking re-election and a key to Republican hopes to take over the Senate.
That was until Akin told a St. Louis television interviewer asked him about his support for legislation prohibiting abortion, even in the case of rape.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin answered.
That prompted Republicans across the country, including Kentucky’s other Republican senator, Mitch McConnell, to call on Akin to step aside. So far, Akin has vowed to stay in the race and Democrats are tying Republican candidates in other states to Akin in the same way Republicans try to tie their opponents to President Barack Obama.
“I think his comments were ill-founded and don’t make a lot of sense,” Paul said as he left the breakfast Thursday. “But I think he’s got to make up his mind for himself.”
McConnell began his remarks to the 1,600 at the breakfast by praising Paul – something he did earlier this week at a tea party rally in Frankfort. McConnell endorsed Trey Grayson against Paul in the 2010 primary won by Paul. Since then he’s seldom passed up an opportunity to praise Paul.
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