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Barnette Deflects Past Comments in Pennsylvania GOP Senate Race

  • Close three-way GOP primary coming down to wire on Tuesday
  • Critics say Barnette would lose general election if nominated
Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette speaks during a campaign rally in Warminster, on May 14.

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette speaks during a campaign rally in Warminster, on May 14.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Political commentator Kathy Barnette, who has surged into a three-way tie in Pennsylvania’s closely watched Republican U.S. Senate primary, defended most of her previous incendiary comments as taken out of context as she faces new scrutiny.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday” ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary, Barnette said the “overwhelming majority” of the comments for which she’s now being criticized are old and not complete thoughts and that she hasn’t embellished her record as critics say.