May 20th, 2010
06:22 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    What a whiner! If you can't stand the heat ...

    May 20, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. nathan

    He's finished. Already.

    May 20, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    No no no...don't try to spin it around Rand. You said what you said. We all know what you meant. Nobody said that you officially support a "repeal". Quit throwing smoke screens. You want to roll back the civil rights to allow for discrimination. We know what you said and what you meant. Quit trying to play dumb and act like you don't want to "repeal" civil rights.

    May 20, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    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.


    First of all, the ADA was passed in 1990; my guess is that over the last 20 years, the vast majority of businesses have complied, so the above scenario is far-fetched at best, blatant fear-mongering and ignorance-promoting at worst.

    Besides, if someone was so against having to accommodate a disabled employee, my guess is they would have found an excuse to not hire that person in the first place. And if they had an employee that became disabled, they probably would have found an excuse to fire them.

    Rand Paul: Just another politician devoid of ideas, resorting to fear, lies, division and hate. Should fit right in with today’s right-wingers.

    May 20, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. peter

    No buddy you just got exposed to the American public as the racist bigots you and dad are...sorry your political career is toast just as quickly as it began...and I always wondered why your dad could never get votes...sorry tea partiers true patriotic Americans don't want their country back...they want it forward! Good riddance!

    May 20, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Harry Baxter

    When you're a Motor mouth like Rand Paul seems to be, your past will catch up to you. It appears that Mr. Paul fits the desirable Tea Party profile exactly, that is, "We've got ours; screw you". I don't think that the average voter in Kentucky feels that way. We'll see, I guess.

    May 20, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Paul wants a honeymoon after advocating "take back our country". If Paul wants a honeymoon he'd better go back to his eye office and country club not unless the unemployed in Kentucky want to pay for him to take a honeymoon.

    May 20, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. b o stinks

    the dems are good at telling lies ll you have to do is look at the connecticut attorney general and his viet nam tour bs and the best part of it all is the dems back him and his lies what has become of this country

    May 20, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Robert Warner

    So Sarah Palin endorses a man who would legalize restaurants refusing to serve people with Downs Syndrome, as well as not hiring her daughter because accommodating a Downs sufferer might cost an extra hundred dollars? How about private hospitals turning her daughter away because she has Downs Syndrome? All of this should be legal according to her favorite candidate, Rand Paul.

    May 20, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. larry

    I watched Rachel's show and I heard what Paul said. Paul endorsed discrimination for private businesses. And Faux news is a arm of the republican party and it sponsors the tea party.

    May 20, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Kathleen

    A segment on T.V. tonight states that Rand Paul actually wrote into his hometown newspaper many years ago, that he was against FAIR HOUSING.

    Now, he realizes he spouted off what he really beleives and has made many many Americans outraged. He and Daddy are outrageously obnoxious men, well, like screwballs.

    And, not only the Civil Rights nutcase ideas, he also was supposed to have said that he believes in"The Fair Tax"!!!!!!! That means, I think that the single mom who works two jobs would have to pay the same as The Rich Man, The Banker, The thieves on Wall Street as they do. Percentage wise. Well, I don't think that is FAIR.

    Wouldn't then, under Ron Paul and Rand Pauls ideas mean that the single mom would have nothing left to live and, just, maybe, she could apply for a third job.

    TWO NUTS. TEA PARTY NUTSOS. You can do your own fact check at fact Maybe i'm wrong, but I don't think so.

    May 20, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. captaincrab

    Mr. Paul: The hooneymoon ends when you say something stupid.

    May 20, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    AND what is the name of that COUNTRY CLUB where Rand Paul had his after winning PARTY. And how many Tea Partiers were invited? Were they all RICH?

    May 20, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. barbara goddard

    wolf,you missed a chance to really ask question about his feelings on civil rights.watching your interview,l secense hesation in answering you,and you lost the moment to follow thru.

    May 20, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. mamacoo

    Hey, the President didn't get a honeymoon either. Your views are coming out. Why not just stand by them. Why not show the people of Kentucky who you really are. If they believe in your ideas they will vote for you. If they think your ideas are out of whack then they won't vote for you. The point is, people need to know what you really believe and what they will get if they send you to Washington. Why hide it?

    May 20, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Anthony Beasley

    This man just doesn't get it: Open Mouth, insert Foot Part 2, Take 4

    May 20, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Ellen

    Vibrant and active media are an integral part of our "free" society as in freedom of speech and of the press. He's all for free but not when they cover him. Hypocrite.

    May 20, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Rob

    Typical politician. Says something stupid, then backs off his comment, then blames the media. I blame your stupid parents for having you, Rand.

    May 20, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. harold

    You can go on your own honeymoon Mr. Paul.. and take your small government with you... By the way what exactly is small government going to do for us in this time.... after 8 years of Republican rule to ruin?

    May 20, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. MrEZ

    Well when you want to get rid of the 14th Amendment you accept donations from neo nazi groups and you hire one to run your campaign people might call you racist.

    May 20, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Brandon

    I am an Independent Voter. But this time around I will be voting only Democrats in office. This right wing neo-cons will put America back in the 1920s

    May 20, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Liberal4Obama

    If Rand Paul goes to the senate he will vote in favor of blacks and other minorities people not be able to own property and they wont be able to sit at a restaurant or ride the bus.

    May 20, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. X

    Didn't this dumbarse say "bring it on" to the Dems, and then when they did and called him out for his libertarian b.s. (ex. it is perfectly ok for a private business to racially discriminate and there should be no laws against it) he yelps like a little crybaby. It about time these teabagging wingnuts get called out on their crap because they are a menace to civilization.

    May 20, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. floydfix69

    deal with dude, welcome too the 21 cenutry, big brother is watching you 24/7 and u can't change that. but ur a gop and u should know that thks too bush ' u can't distance ur self too far from him you'll lose your backing, but u have sarah ' so ur good . lol!!!

    May 20, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Jim

    I watched Mr. Paul's interview on the Rachel Maddow show last night. He gave the more moronic performance imaginable! He refused to answer her direct questions, though he had ample time to prepare for the interview.

    Like Sen. Goldwater in 1964, Paul says he is not racist, but he places the rights of property over individuals. He would have been confortable with the Supreme Court's "Dred Scott" decision of 1858, which affirmed the right of citizens to hold slaves as chattel or private property in all states and territories.

    May 20, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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