Kentucky Senate candidates Rand Paul (R) and Jack Conway (D) on Tuesday condemned the stomping of a liberal activist outside their debate Monday night.
Lauen Valle, an activist affiliated with the group MoveOn, was dragged to the ground after attempting to approach Paul as the candidates were arriving outside the Lexington, Ky. debate, a video of the event shows. A man wearing a Rand Paul campaign t-shirt could be seen stomping her head twice as Paul was walking into the debate nearby.
"I was shocked to see video footage of a Rand Paul supporter stomping the head of a woman outside the debate last night," Conway said in a statement. "We can disagree on issues, and I don't know what preceded the incident, but physical violence by a man against a woman must never be tolerated. It is my hope that steps have been taken to ensure this kind of thuggish behavior never happens again in this campaign."
The race between Paul and Conway has been contentious; Conway recently released an ad accusing Paul of belonging to a secret society in college "that called the Holy Bible 'a hoax', that was banned for mocking Christianity and Christ."
CNN reported that Paul's campaign in a statement called the incident "incredibly unfortunate."
"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," the campaign said.
The incident involving the MoveOn supporter was not the only physical altercation outside the debate. KyPost.com reported that a Conway supporter "stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery."
The line from Conway, "physical violence by a man against a woman must never be tolerated," is an attempt to compare the stomping to Rand Paul's college hazing prank. Classy.