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Rand Paul: Ashley Judd 'Way Damn Too Liberal' For Kentucky

12/05/2012 12:26 pm 12:26:21 | Updated Dec 05, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn't want actress, activist and potential Democratic candidate Ashley Judd as his fellow Kentucky senator, but he doesn't expect her to get there anyway, he said Wednesday.

"She's way damn too liberal for our country, for our state," he told radio station WMAL. "She hates our biggest industry, which is coal. I say, good luck bringing the 'I hate coal' message to Kentucky."

Judd is reportedly considering a run for U.S. Senate in either 2014 or 2016. If she ran in 2014, she would be challenging the top Republican in the upper chamber: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If she waited until 2016, though, she would be up against Paul.

Paul went on to mock Judd for splitting her time between the U.S. and Scotland, where her husband was born. Judd is an eighth-generation Kentuckian.

"I heard she lives in Scotland, I thought she was running for Parliament," Paul said. "I think she'd fit right in the English parliament. ... She's got to get back and forth between Scotland to campaign, and they don't have the Concorde anymore."

Judd is active in Democratic politics and campaigned for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. She is also involved in advocacy for progressive issues and world health.

She addressed rumors about a run last month, but didn't give a definitive answer on whether she would jump in.

"I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," she said.

Listen to Rand Paul's full appearance on WMAL:

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