"The Democrats know that I am the biggest target in a 2014 cycle," McConnell said Tuesday. "So we assume they will throw everything they can at me."
He said he would be "very aggressive" in making his case to voters, and his campaign said yesterday it will begin running ads in Louisville and Lexington tomorrow.
"I have no sense of entitlement," he said. "I don't own this job. I have to earn it when I run for it."
If the local tea party groups recruit a primary challenger, Paul said he will stand by his Washington colleague. "I am supporting Senator McConnell," he said.