At a campaign event Thursday, Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul (R) tied the federal government's efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy to those of Roman emperors during the empire's decline.

From The Associated Press:

He said Thursday that in the latter days of the Roman Empire, with the economy in shambles, emperors tried to appease people with food and entertainment to distract them.

Paul says this nation's leaders offered "Cash for Clunkers" and stimulus checks and tell people to shop at malls.

Paul faces Democratic opponent and state Attorney General Jack Conway in November's general election.