Donald Trump will be victorious in Kentucky this November, says Sen. Rand Paul, who once called the Republican presidential candidate a "blowhard" and "orange-faced windbag."
The Bluegrass State's junior senator, who is seeking re-election, tells WDRB News:
"I think that Trump's going to win Kentucky, and I think that we're going to win Kentucky because, really, I want to defend Kentucky against big government that's trying to take our jobs away. And I think most people in Kentucky want that."
Paul has pulled his punches at Trump in recent months because he will vote for him as part of his pledge to support the GOP presidential nominee.
He's certainly been kinder to the billionaire real-estate tycoon and his blustery campaign style than earlier this year, when he was running against Trump.
Paul insists all politicians occasionally insert a foot in their mouths.
"Will people sometimes say things that are untoward or not what we wish them to say? Yes, that happens of every candidate," Paul said.
"I always tell people the only perfect candidate is if you get to be the candidate or I get to be the candidate, then we agree with ourselves 100 percent of the time."
During his campaign, Paul launched a numbers of brutal zingers against Trump.
Appearing in January on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show," with Larry Wilmore, Paul, an eye doctor, said of Trump:
"Have you ever had a speck of dirt fly into your eye? "[It's] annoying, irritating and might even make you cry. If the dirt doesn't go away, it will keep scratching your cornea until eventually it blinds you with all its filth. A speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president."
Paul also compared Trump to Nazi monster Joseph Goebbels, who served as minister of propaganda under Adolf Hitler.
"I'm not sure I would say Trump is Hitler – Goebbels maybe," he quipped.
Paul, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington.
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