Paul calls Bevin 'good, honest, Christian man'

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Tea party darling Rand Paul has endorsed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, but he's saying kind words about McConnell's GOP primary challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
   
Paul referred to Bevin as a "good, honest, Christian man" and said he doesn't have anything bad to say about McConnell's challenger. Paul made the comments Friday in Louisville, shortly after Bevin filed to run against McConnell in next May's GOP primary in Kentucky.
   
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton later said Paul misspoke in his assessment of Bevin. Benton said Paul doesn't know Bevin well and said the McConnell campaign has found a long record of Bevin "stretching and bending the truth."
   
Benton managed Paul's general election campaign in Kentucky in 2010.
   
McConnell didn't mention Bevin in his campaign appearance in Louisville on Friday.

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