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Editorial: Is Rand Paul ready for prime time news?

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Tea Party darling Rand Paul, who won the Republican Senate primary Tuesday in Kentucky, is quickly showing he just may be a "not ready for prime time" candidate.

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His supporters had not even completed a full day of celebration Wednesday when Paul opened his mouth and stuck both feet all the way in. In addition, he appears to be a GOP candidate who keeps giving political opportunities to his opponents.

In an interview Wednesday, Rand Paul stated he did not support forcing private business to abide by the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars racial discrimination.

Rand Paul then attempted Thursday to clarify his statement by claiming while he agrees with the civil rights law's goals; he questions whether the federal government should impose this law on private business.

On Friday, Rand Paul called President Obama "un-American" for being too critical of the business BP, the major energy company responsible for the current runaway oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Then late Friday, Paul backed out of a "Meet the Press" appearance scheduled for Sunday, claiming he has had a tough week. That is the first smart political thing Paul has done since winning his primary Tuesday.

His daddy, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, now blames the media for his son's remarks.

Unfortunately, for the Tea Party and Republicans, Rand Paul's comments are already out of the bag. If Rand Paul thinks he is being scrutinized now, what does he think will happen if he is elected to the U.S. Senate?

A political novice, Rand Paul needs to become a quick political study in the next few days. If he does not, his political momentum may evaporate as quickly as it appeared.

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