BOWLING GREEN — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday night that the past four years have been a "whirlwind."
From the way he's talking, the next two years might be even crazier.
Paul and most of the state's top Republicans gathered in a well-appointed barn Sunday night to rally the faithful and raise money ahead of Nov. 4 election and quite possibly a big one in 2016.
"I think it's time we start thinking about getting a new president," Paul said to cheers from the packed barn, many waving signs that read "Stand with Rand."
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, just 24 hours away from his only televised debate with Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, drew significant applause as he criticized Grimes and President Barack Obama.
McConnell and Paul showered praise on each other, with the senior senator saying that if Paul runs for president, he would be "the best candidate we've had, the only credible candidate, since Henry Clay."
Switching gears, McConnell reminded the crowd that he as "getting my report card three weeks from Tuesday, noting that as he traveled the state, he was asked, "Why are you having a hard race?"
As he has said many times, McConnell said his numbers and Democratic chances of beating him are tied to his leadership position.
"All of a sudden I'm on the to-do list of every left-winger in the country," McConnell said.
The senator continued to tee off on Grimes' refusal to tell The Courier-Journal editorial board last week whether she voted for Obama for president.
"No matter what my opponent says, her whole campaign is based on deception," McConnell said. "So let me tell you: I voted for Mitt Romney."
Paul, capping off the event that raised money for the Rand Paul Victory Committee, which contributes to Rand Paul for U.S. Senate 2016 and Paul's political action committee, focused some of his remarks on Grimes, saying she "may not remember who she voted for for president," but her first vote in the U.S. Senate would be for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Ne.
As he did during an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader on Saturday, Paul predicted Republicans would win a majority in the U.S. Senate in November and enjoy a big wave like the one that swept him into office in 2010.