UNDER FIRE

Rand Paul: 'I Abhor Racial Discrimination'

It seems that after failing to answer a yes or no question about whether the Woolworth lunch counter should have stayed segregated in the 1960s, Rand Paul has found his words. The Republican Senate nominee in Kentucky issued a long statement Thursday stressing that he would not back any repeal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation,” Paul said. Still, he tiptoed around his main source of disagreement with the bill, which he says he believes does more than the federal government should be allowed. “This much is clear: The federal government has far overreached in its power grabs,” he said in the statement.