Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky Rand Paul sought Tuesday to downplay an incident where a woman was allegedly assaulted outside his debate with Democrat Jack Conway.

Fox News channel 41 in Kentucky obtained video Lauren Valle of liberal group MoveOn.org being pushed to the ground.

“One of the men, wearing and carrying Rand Paul paraphernalia, can be seen stomping on her shoulder and neck; he is in the process of crushing her with his foot again when another man tells him: ‘No, no, no. Come on,’” according to The New York Times

A statement issued by Rand Paul’s camp later condemned the attack on Valle and said “Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election.”

But Paul wasn’t as quick to describe the incident as violent when he appeared on Fox News the next day.

“There was a bit of a crowd control problem,” Paul told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. “I don’t want anybody though to be involved in things that aren’t civil.”

“And it is an unusual situation to have so many people so passionate on both sides jockeying back and forth,” he continued.

“And it wasn’t something that I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it is going to be better,” Paul said.

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer also downgraded the violence in his description of the scuffle. He said Valle simply “had her shoulder stepped on.”

This video is from Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, broadcast Oct. 26, 2010.


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