Demonstrators rebuke Rand Paul's race stance

Organizers surround Kentucky's GOP office and decry Rand Paul's criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Published May 22, 2010 5:53PM (EDT)

Protesters were demonstrating outside Kentucky's Republican Party headquarters while GOP leaders met inside to pledge their support for U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul.

Paul ruffled feathers earlier this week when he expressed misgivings about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fresh off a lopsided victory in the Kentucky's primary election, Paul told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that he abhors racial discrimination, but suggested the federal government shouldn't have the power to force restaurants to serve minorities.

The Bowling Green eye doctor and son of former libertarian president candidate Ron Paul didn't mention the civil rights flap in remarks inside GOP headquarters. He refused to answer questions afterward.

About 20 protesters gathered outside, some with signs accusing Paul of racism.

By Associated Press

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