The Senate Republicans' top campaigner said Sunday that Kentucky Senate candidate Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Prosecutors tell Paul to expect federal charges against attacker: report MORE (R) made a good decision by canceling his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."


Sen. John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (R-Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said that Paul was better suited being in the Bluegrass State and talking to voters after a week in which he endured tough criticism for questioning the legality of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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"I think he did the right thing, as much as it is fun being here with you David, he needs to be home talking to the voters in Kentucky," he told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory.

Paul later clarified his remarks, but Democrats pounced on his comments, saying that they show the Tea Party-backed candidate is far outside the mainstream and unfit to serve in the Senate.

"This is a symbol of what is happening to the Republican Party across the country," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezIn judge's 2010 Senate trial, Menendez was guilty of hypocrisy Excused Menendez juror: 'I don't think he did anything wrong' We don't need a terrorist attack to know diversity program has to go MORE (N.J.) said on NBC. "The mainstream is losing to the extreme."

Paul canceled his "Meet the Press" appearance on Friday, citing exhaustion and an unwillingness to answer more questions about his civil rights comments. 

Gregory took a few shots at Paul for being only the third guest to cancel on the show in its 62-year history.

During the show's lead-in, he called him a 'new power player" at the beginning of the week, but said "By week's end, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, found the spotlight a little too hot, canceling his appearance on this program and raising doubts about his prospects for the Paul."

Gregory said Paul needs to answer more questions on whether or not he opposes minimum wage, child safety laws, and protections for people with disabilities. 

He even questioned if he is a "a weaker candidate than we was Thursday night."

Cornyn defended Paul's chances.

"He's leading by 25 points, so I'll let the numbers speak for themselves," he said.