05/27/2010 04:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sue Lowden Runs From Rand Paul On Civil Rights After Communications Flops (VIDEO)

Sue Lowden, who is vying for the Republican nomination for Senate in Nevada, initially declined to state whether she thought the 1964 Civil Rights Act should extend to private businesses in an interview this week on the Las Vegas talk show "Face to Face" before quickly scrambling to clarify her position.

When host Jon Ralston pressed Lowden on her stance on civil rights in the wake of the controversy surrounding Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul's statements on the matter, the Nevada hopeful all but dismissed the question.

"I'm more interested in what we're doing here in Nevada," Lowden said when asked by Ralston to state her views on the Civil Rights Act. "It's a simple question, but it's a 'gotcha' question and frankly I wouldn't even know Rand Paul if I saw him on TV."

But following Lowden's talk show appearance, she released a statement communicating a clearer message:

"After reviewing the comments and news stories from Kentucky, I want voters to know that I strongly support all aspects of the Civil Rights Act, just as I strongly believe it applies to my private business and all others," she said in a statement. "My focus has been on campaigning here in Nevada and therefore I have not paid close attention to races outside of our state."

Here's how Lowden responded when asked if her views align with those of Paul on the Civil Rights Act in an interview with Politico last week:

At the end of the interview, Lowden declined to discuss whether she shared Paul's views on the Civil Rights Act.

"You can't resist this, can you? I have no idea what another candidate says," Lowden said.

Asked whether she had any concerns about the law's reach into private business, Lowden said, "I'm going, thank you," then abruptly hung up the phone.

Lowden's Civil Rights Act blunder is only the latest in a long line of setbacks the GOP candidate's campaign has suffered in recent weeks. From the Republican hopeful's "Chickens for Check-ups" catastrophe to more recently earning the nickname "Suicidal Sue" from one of her supporters, Lowden appears unable to dodge controversy that continues to plague her Senate candidacy.

With Nevada's Republican primary election for Senate less than two weeks away, Ralston asked Lowden, who was once thought to be the frontrunner in the race, if her campaign was "in big trouble." Caught off guard, Lowden said, "It's nothing we didn't prepare for" to which Ralston fired back back, You had all the ammunition and you gave it to them... You're a thoroughly damaged candidate even if you hang on."

WATCH: Lowden Refuses To Clarify Her Stance On The 1964 Civil Rights Act:

(Additional segments of Lowden's interview with Face to Face's Jon Ralston can be found here.)