Rand Paul‘s campaign manager tells the Washington Post that Paul has not backtracked on his pledge to not accept money from Senators who supported the bailout. Rather, says the campaign, the pledge was only meant to apply to the primary race.

Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton confirmed that the pledge is no longer operative, and explained that it was meant for the primary, when Paul was drawing a bright line between himself and Trey Grayson.

“That contest is won,” said Benton. “He won the primary and he didn’t take money from senators who backed the bailout. Now they’re coming to support him, and he’s not going to turn down support from Republicans. They’re not looking for a seat at his table. They’re supporting him because of his positions, and because of his steadfast commitment to principle.”

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