May 21st, 2010
10:42 AM ET
12 years ago

Paul says Obama being too tough on BP

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/21/art.oil.gi.jpg caption="Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is taking aim at President Barack Obama's handling of the oil crisis off the Gulf Coast."](CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is taking aim at President Barack Obama's handling of the oil crisis off the Gulf Coast.

The president, Paul told ABC, is being too tough on BP - the oil giant that controls the well that has been leaking thousands of barrels of oil a day in the Gulf since late last month.

"What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,'" said Paul who overwhelmingly won Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Kentucky and is a favorite of Tea Party activists. "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticisms of businesses."

"I've heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill," Paul continued. "I think it's part of this blame game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault, instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen."

Since capturing the Senate nomination, Paul has faced a barrage of questions over his past criticisms of several federal regulations that intrude on the private sector, including provisions of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the national minimum wage.

"When does my honeymoon period start?" said Paul when he was again asked about his past statements Friday. "I had a big victory. I thought I got a honeymoon period from you guys in the media."

Democrat Jack Conway, Paul's opponent in the Kentucky Senate race, released a statement Friday slamming Paul over his comments on BP.

"Rand Paul apparently has a deeply held conviction that corporations should be allowed to do what they see fit without oversight or accountability. He even goes so far as to say that that criticizing corporations when they hurt taxpayers and working families – as in the case of the massive BP oil disaster – is 'un-American,'" Conway said.


Filed under: 2010 • Energy • Kentucky • Popular Posts • President Obama • Rand Paul
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. mujeeb ru rasool malik

    give me a job i am study in class firstyear in sindh

    May 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. wwf

    If he was doing it any other way, this fool would say he is being too easy on them. Un-american? The only thing un-American here is you, with your views towards civil rights. Enjoy you little victory and get the ice bags ready for your ass after it gets kicked in the general election.

    May 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. billy

    You can always count on a Paul to stick up for Big Business.

    May 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. vet in tx

    I wonder how the Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and South Texas Tea-Partiers will think of Paul's comments? He definitely is an idiot. I wish people would just stop joining the screaming mob because they are fearful, clueless, mentally alone, uneducated regarding history, the constitution, and look things up. The biggest problem is that people have this "it's whatever I think it should be and nothing else" mentality. Paul is telling you exactly what he is and what he stands for and the dummies fell for it hook line and sinker. If he is a liberatarian then why is he with the GOP? Money! Nothing more, nothing less.

    May 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. brian

    The tea party should be proud of their new mouth piece. Last I checked, Kentucky is not near the coast and so his industry and property value is not being affected. He should talk less and learn to be a Senator first.

    May 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. LOVESIRONY

    Just how badly does this guy want to lose the election?

    May 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    What a crank.

    Obviously we were too hard on Enron, poor old Bernie Madoff.

    If this clueless waste of humanity is elected, Kentucky should have their voting privileges rescinded at the Electoral College.

    Way to go GOP, send this guy down to the Gulf to help on the oil spill, he'd be great in front of the cameras with the local commentary.

    May 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. S Callahan

    I agree with Mr. Paul. And frankly, this will not stop until many get on their knees and pray.

    May 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Jim

    Dr. Paul, if you want a honeymoon, get married. The business of politics is serious, especially at this time in our country's life. We need people who can get the job done, and done well. You aren't qualified to sit on City Council, much less in the US Senate.

    May 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Dave

    Too tough? Their oil well is dumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf. The Bush white house let oil companies do whatever they wanted, including lie about being prepared for a spill of this magnitude. I'm glad someone is finally being "tough" on these companies and holding them responsible.

    May 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Realistic

    Rand is the gift that just keeps on giving. I guess if, yes Dr.Rand, President Obama(unless u and him are on first name basis),if president Obama was not tough you would whine. Dr.Rand please keep on talking many of us appreciate it.

    May 21, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. jeremy

    wow, the president is being too tough on the company that is KILLING the Gulf of Mexico. this guy prolly thinks its a great idea to drill in the ocean still.
    what do you expect from somebody who doesn't believe the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional............

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. katiec

    Paul continues to dig hisself into a bigger hole.
    He publically supported businesses being able to discriminate and now he is coming out in favor of big business.
    Wow, you people of Kentucky can really pick them.

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Mattison Brooks

    He's actually right though. Government inspectors should have noticed the unsafe conditions in the first place. That is not to say that BP should get a free pass, but I dont think Rand suggested that at all. I think what he is saying is that putting all the blame on BP is unfounded. It was their oil well, but it was the lack of safety oversight that let it occur.

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Carl in MI

    Rand Paul is a total idiot.

    BP deserves all the criticism, penalties, an blame they're getting plus tons more. They were too cheap to use the proper equipment to avoid this disaster and they should pay for everying 100%.

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Duck Fallas

    He's right. We should be nice to BP. It is un-American to hurt someone's feelings. AND, dark-skinned people can detract from the ambiance of a lunch counter.

    What say you, Michael Steele?

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Joe in PA

    Wow! The stupid stuff coming from this guy never ends and he just got started. It is clearly obvious that he is not in touch with the reality of the situation in the Gulf and the actions of the companies involved. It seems that he agrees with their denial of culpability. "Bring it On", Rand Paul? You have got to be kidding. All you need to do is to keep talking!

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. sk

    Maybe Paul should go on his honeymoon to Louisiana. But don't criticize the beaches for being full of oil – that would be so un-American.

    May 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Chris in NE

    And this is why I was so happy when the Republican party nominated Paul and the Democrats ousted Specter. Two more seats for the Democrats in 2010!

    May 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Pragmatic

    President Obama is "too tough" on big business??? Must be a republican talking! BP is not an American company – so its allowed to come over, drill off our shores and Paul whines that Obama is "anti-American?" If President Obama did nothing, Paul would be complaining about that ... just trying to distract people from realizing he would allow small business to discriminate ... He may not be a racist but he'd enable other people to be one! High "yucky" factor here!

    May 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Ajna8081

    Awww, Poor Randal's fee-fees got hurt. Perhaps if you didn't recommend that large swaths of the country return to segregated public accommodations, you could get your honeymoon, whiner

    May 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. wondering

    is this man REALLY related to his father? this apple seems to have fallen FAR from the tree.

    Obama is not even being tough with BP. Not even close.

    May 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    God help Kentucky. This is beyond horrible but it is good now than later.

    May 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Steph

    I'm so sorry sweetie, but when you spew idiotic statements like it's fine for a business to deny someone service because of their race or disability, you don't get a honeymoon period. When you come out on the side of a huge multinational corporation who is poisoning our natural resources, ruining many working folks' livelihoods, and lying about the extent of the damage, you don't get a honeymoon period.

    Go cry to your daddy you spoiled little baby!

    May 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. John

    Tea Parties brightest star at work

    May 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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