Rand Paul, the extreme-right candidate for Kentucky senate, expressed some unfortunate anti-civil rights and pro-BP views this week. Then cited fatigue to get out of a potentially awkward appearance on NBC's Meet the Press today. Here's the video they ran.

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Ouch. The appearance may have been canceled, according to Politico, citing "a source familiar with the matter" because "Karl Rove, the former top adviser to George W Bush, called Paul's campaign manager this week and said the candidate was hurting himself with all the exposure." Rove had no comment. Like Paul, really.

[Via @brianstelter]