Rand Paul supporter stomps on woman's head

A Kentucky station captures footage of a Paul backer attacking a female MoveOn activist outside Monday's debate

Published October 26, 2010 4:33AM (EDT)

A little while ago, I posted my analysis of Monday night's final debate between Rand Paul and Jack Conway, concluding that the GOP nominee had evaded tough questions and avoided making any costly gaffes.

What I didn't know at the time was what happened outside the debate just before it started. It was there that a female activist from MoveOn, who was attempting to deliver a facetious award to Paul for his corporate-friendly views, was set upon by Paul supporters and knocked to the ground -- at which point one of the Paul backers stomped her head. The whole scene was captured on video by a local Fox station, with the footage leading its late newscast. So while Paul probably avoided generating any damaging headlines during the debate, his supporters, it seems, did the job beforehand. Footage of the attack (and an interview with the victim) is below:

By Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is an MSNBC host and political correspondent. Previously, he hosted “Up with Steve Kornacki” on Saturday and Sunday 8-10 a.m. ET and was a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle.” He has written for the New York Observer, covered Congress for Roll Call, and was the politics editor for Salon. His book, which focuses on the political history of the 1990s, is due out in 2017.

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