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Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday the rough treatment meted out by one of his supporters to a woman outside of his debate with Democrat Jack Conway was a consequence of passionate feelings on both sides and a "crowd control problem."

Tim Profitt, a Paul volunteer, said he was sorry for stepping on Lauren Valle's head during the brief altercation. "I apologize if it appeared overly forceful," he said to the Associated Press, "but I was concerned about Rand's safety." The AP said Profitt is expected to be served a court summons, leaving it to a judge to decide whether he will be charged in the incident. In the meantime, the Paul campaign dropped him as its coordinator in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Paul, the Republican candidate, told Fox News, "It is an unusual situation to have so many people on both sides jockeying back and forth. It wasn't something I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it is going to be better."

Valle, an activist with the liberal group, MoveOn.org, apparently wanted to give Paul a fake "employee of the month" award, but she was intercepted by his supporters and wrestled to the pavement in a parking lot outside the debate in Lexington. Amid the shouting and scuffling, one man stepped on the back of Valle's shoulder as she lay motionless, then applied pressure with his foot so that her head was also pressed against the pavement. "No, no," another Paul supporter interjected, and the first man, later identified as Profitt, backed away from Valle. The 23-year-old woman told the AP her face was swollen and her neck and shoulder sore. MoveOn tries to present the mocking employee award to GOP candidates that the group says can be counted on to side with corporate interests.

Paul's campaign earlier issued a statement saying, "Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse." On Tuesday, Paul, a physician, didn't use that language in the Fox interview. "There was a crowd control problem. I don't want anybody though to be involved in things that aren't civil." Watch the interview here.

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teckeedee

GET USED TO IT! We fought one world war because one group of right wing conservatives thought stomping on peoples heads was an appropriate political expression. WE WILL SEE MORE! Like shouting down public discourse as the Tea Party did during the healtcare debate. We fought a world war because a group of right wing conservatives felt it was appropriate to still the voice of those who did not agree with them by taking over public debates and shoutking their lies. THE TEA PARTY TRUE COLOR WILL COME THROUGH AND IT IS THE BLACK OF THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BOOTS!

October 27 2010 at 7:43 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Charlie

We saw the video. What a bunch of lies. The man purposefully stepped on her. Crowd control? How about--your supporters are out of control, Mr. Paul? Concerned about Rand's safety, the man says--from a little, frail woman with a sign? That man should go to jail.

October 27 2010 at 7:06 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
schoolman21

Please don't vote for Rand Paul, vote for the people who endorse killing babies. This must be the place angry liberals come to vent. Ms Valle gave you what you needed, that was probably her mission. In the seventies during the war protests, outside agitators would be brought in to purposely provoke violent confrontations, and then the SDS could call the government Nazis. This tactic was developed by bomb throwers from the 70's. A very good plan and Paul’s people fell into it. Unsophisticated, unlike the liberal name callers.

October 27 2010 at 6:23 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
Hello, Jeffrey

I love it. A grown-a man attacks a woman, steps on her but it's the problem with crowd control or lack of policeman involvement??! No, this is a problem with upbringing, folks. A mature, civilized person knows you don't go batcrap on another human. And a man attacking a woman this way is just wrong. No excuse. We shouldn't defend this at all! If it had been my daughter, he would be apologizing from a hospital room.

October 27 2010 at 4:10 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
arklight99

Sure - - a stranger tries to get close enough to the candidate to hand hinm/her an unknown and not readily identifiable object and is surprised when somebody stops her? I don't feel sorry for her, particularly as she is known to be a professional provocateur. She should get herself a life and a real job.

October 27 2010 at 3:48 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

As a small business owner in the Washington DC Area earning well over 250000 Dollars/Year tin he defense industy, I can tell you that everyone here is very excited that the republican tea party taking control of Congress. Defense Spending is certain to quadruple as it did under Bush. Yes! The deficit will rise dramatically, and we all know that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will do NOTHING about entitlements as the Democrats claim. As it turns out, the tea party did a great job convincing voters that trickle down economics is alive and well. Tea Party voters are willing to give up financial control to to big business again. This is great news for those of us who depend on defense pending with no regard for deficits.

October 27 2010 at 3:36 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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m3h2

You are exactly right! And these anonymously funded campaign ads....if they were AGAINST the TeaParty Candidates, they'd be foaming at the mouth and screaming from the rooftops! Where is the TRANSPARENCY they demand from the government???

October 27 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ptaray

yup, the true statement is "crowd control", his own crowd, uncontrolled. this is the extremists and the stability levels of those folks who are driving the teabaggers now., the big money with little minds in office.

October 27 2010 at 3:26 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
ptaray

why does any of this surprise so many of you folks? This is the next level of what some ideologs take when they are not happy with the results of their own self-created destiny dreams. Once again, rather than just state clearly that the actions were wrong and his own supporters showed they are far from reasonable , he will play the middle ground and blame it on irrational behavior, and say what meks him seem the least happy to see it happen. this stuff just makes the extremists more bold. Like Sharon Angle and her and many teabagger s who claim they are doing the work of god, it might be what they "THINK" is driving them, but it does not mean they are merant to win, maybe this is going to be gods way of teaching some of them HUMILITY? it could happen ya know too bad a relatively decent idea (the tea party) was hijacked by nutballs and bigots , big corporations and zealots, and GOP rigtwingers who forgot this was America, not some dictatorship, ruled by some self-righteous filthy rich vague and misguided theocrats.

October 27 2010 at 3:24 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

Let me get this straight: If all Muslims are terrorists, then all Rand Paul supporters are thuggish pigs? You have every reason to harbor fears whenever you see a car sporting a Republican or Tea Party sticker, or are walking past homes flying Gadsden Flags at night. Bet there's an awful lot of sore women being forced to act like Republicans by their owner husbands. I'm sure they felt really Christian as they slapped some sense into their 'little woman'.

October 27 2010 at 2:33 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Bob

This guy's actions were totally out of line, but I'm sure she did everything she could to provoke the incident. I still remember the comment of one of the Chicago 8 during the 1968 Democratic Convention riots "All this cop violence is great!" referring to the reaction of the police to the rioters, right out of the Anarchist handbook.

October 27 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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