May 20th, 2010
06:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Paul: 'News cycle has gotten out of control'

(CNN) – Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, facing withering criticism for questioning elements of the Civil Rights Act, lamented the state of the media Thursday when asked about the tempest swirling around his remarks.

"I thought I was supposed to get a honeymoon," Paul sighed in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "When does my honeymoon start after my victory?"

In an appearance on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Wednesday night, Paul debated whether the landmark federal anti-discrimination legislation should apply to private businesses – unleashing a torrent of attacks from national Democrats eager to undercut his candidacy two days after he secured the GOP nomination.

Paul said in the CNN interview Thursday that MSNBC, taking cues from his Democratic opponent Jack Conway, had mistakenly reported that he supports a "repeal" of the Civil Rights Act.

"I think what troubles me is that the news cycle has gotten out of control," he told Blitzer. "For several hours on a major news network yesterday, they reported repeatedly that I was for repealing the Civil Rights Act. That is not only not true, never been my position, but is an out and out lie. And they repeated it all day long."

Nevertheless, Paul sought to walk back his explosive comments.

He said he would have voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act if he were in the Senate at the time, calling the racial climate at the time "a stain on the South and our history."

"There was an overriding problem in the South that was so big that it did require federal intervention in the Sixties," he said. "The Southern states weren't correcting it, and there was a need for federal intervention."

Paul, though, would not say if he would have voted for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He wondered if a private businesses should be "forced to put in a $100,000 elevator" for a disabled employee, for example.

"I think sometimes when we have a federal solution, we have a one-size-fit-all, and that we recognize the problem, which I do also, of someone who is handicapped," he said. "But then we don't take into consideration at all the business owner or the property owner. So I think it's a balancing act."

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  1. chillin

    Get use to it Rand the left will always be able to lie about or take out of context what ever a conservative says it the way they work and the way they live. The fools and their follies. (RON PAUL 2012) BY the way RAND PAUL congratulations

    May 20, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Watchdog

    No Mr Rand...all you get (same for all tea party candidates) is an immediate anal exam from the corrupt media!

    May 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Vet.

    What Paul is realizing, the majority of Americans are not dumb or adhere to the Tea party rants, he received a rude awaking to the blow back he got and his plummeting stature which exposed his true beliefs.

    May 20, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Walter

    Paul's effort to correct his statement is admirable, but I would be more persuaded if he spoke about how prevalent segregation was in 1964 across the country (not just the South) and the ways it continues to function today.

    May 20, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Pam

    Too late Rand. You are not allowed to un-say something.
    Sorry, I am sure the Democrat who said ONCE in 2006 that he served in Vietman would love to un-say that. But there seem to be no second chances these days. I think we lost a very good candidate when the Republicans pounced on Blumenthal for that.
    You as much as said you are a racist and that is the news at 10:00.

    May 20, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. works for me

    What's really out of control here is ignorance and racism, particularly in those that voted for him and support the diatribes of Palin.
    Just what is America coming to with "leaders" like this??

    May 20, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    His statement about federal intervention reminds me of Palin’s recent statement about the need for more government oversight in the oil drilling industry. They want the gov’t out private business until they realize that left to their own devices businesses will do what is best for themselves. This is one reason pure libertarianism will never work

    May 20, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. billybob 'n NC

    Ran, it is called "Paliban" terrorism when you shoot yourself in the foot and blame the media.

    May 20, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Donovan

    Rand, if you'd just answer the question, instead of tapdancing around it, none of this would have happened. It's YOUR fault, not the media.

    May 20, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Nothing is too big to fail

    You know this guy is really good for ordinary Americans because they always try to bad mouth the good people. Whenever a good person comes along they try to say they are a racist or crazy or whatever. What's wrong with America? We know this stuff isn't true, leave the guy alone.

    May 20, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. bess

    Paul's first mistake was appearing on Maddow's show.

    May 20, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. lovable liberal

    For Rand Paul, property trumps equal treatment under law. He's arguing for the divine right of oligarchs, even if he has now backed down in public. Yesterday and the day before, he said what he really thinks.

    The balancing act here is between his extremist beliefs and electability. Kentuckians, don't buy a pig in a poke.

    May 20, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |

    Say what you like Paul. The civil rights people certainly don't refrain from using works against anyone against their Dear OBAMA. The words they have used on PALIN are dishonorable and gutter trash. There is no apathy for their moron minds of a zoo caged animal.

    May 20, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    The usual republican whine ... blame the media! You have the actual candidate saying the actual words ... but its not his/her fault!

    Grow up! If you want to be elected, you can't refuse to answer some questions, and you are responsible for your answers! There was all this drama about how much experience President Obama had ... how much experience does Rand Paul have? Just being the "son of ... " doesn't cut it ... see Bush (father & son) to refresh your memory!

    May 20, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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