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Dodging the Rand Paul question

Democrats would like nothing better than for Republican candidates to respond to last week's comments by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) about the Civil Rights Act. Easier asked than done.

Here's how Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R) answered the question when it was posed by Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju:

“You can’t resist this, can you? I have no idea what another candidate says,” Lowden said.

Asked whether she had any concerns about the law’s reach into private business, Lowden said, “I’m going, thank you,” then abruptly hung up the phone.

And here's Andy Barr (R), a congressional candidate in Kentucky who may have come in on Paul's coattails, after being asked the question by a blogger for the liberal Barefoot and Progressive:

B&F: Do you agree with Rand Paul's statements about the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act?

BARR: Well, we'll, we'll, we'll certainly answer those questions later on. (Walks away.)

The omnipresence of media -- especially video media -- makes it tougher to dodge these sorts of questions, but if I could offer reporters a suggestion: Mentioning Rand Paul's name at the top doesn't make it more likely that you'll get a response.

Here's video of Barr's answer:

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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