Rand Paul calls Trump's comments 'offensive, unacceptable'

Published: Oct. 8, 2016 at 9:10 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2016 at 9:49 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Rand Paul on Saturday weighed in on the latest Donald Trump drama.

Audio from a 2005 interview surfaced Friday of Trump claiming he can behave however he wants because of his fame and power, that he can try to sleep with married women and easily grab them by various body parts.

Trump apologized for the remarks but ignored calls from inside the GOP to drop out of the race a month before Election Day.

"His comments are offensive and unacceptable," Paul said in a short statement to WAVE 3 News on Saturday.

Paul ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination and often sparred with Trump in debates until the senator from Kentucky dropped out of the race in February.

Jim Gray, the Democratic Lexington mayor who's running against Paul in the senate race, said Saturday his opponent's criticism of Trump's comments isn't enough.

"Republicans all across the country are calling on Donald Trump to drop out of the race," Gray said in a statement. "But not Rand Paul. Rand famously declared that, 'If there was a war on women, I think they won,' and now he is unwavering in his endorsement of Trump. Kentucky deserves better than this. How long will Rand stand up for Trump?"

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also condemned the remarks and said he "cannot defend them."

Late Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement on Trump's comments:

"These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance," he said. "As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape."

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