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

Paul says Obama being too tough on BP

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Will-PA

    Typical libertarian/republican. Poor BP, they killed off the Gulf coast, just let them because my stocks are at state otherwise.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Lisa B

    I just hope the Repugs continue to put crazy bigots who put business interests ahead of human interests up for election because that guarantees Democrats will stay in power even though they have had to make the tough decisions over the past year to clean up after Hurricane Bush with no constructive help from Repugs.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Allen H

    Paul's criticism of Obama and support of BP is customary of the Republican party. They apply principles to protect big businesses like they are looking out for the little guy (small business owners) but are actually trying to protect big business owners (their friends and business acquaintances). All the while garnering support from poor and middle class whites who would be served better under democratic governance.They seeks solace in relating to their oppressor than relating to the people that struggle with them. When big business acts irresponsibly they need to be brought to task. Whats un-American about that.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Sue

    Honeymoon??? Who's he kidding? Well, for those who voted for this nutcase, this is what you wanted. Live with it.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Triggy

    I think Rand Paul sounds really un-American in his criticisms of the President.

    But seriously, there is nothing un-America about insisting that BP take personal responsibility for the damage they caused; not just the clean up but the impacts of the spill itself.

    Polluters should pay to clean up pollution, not tax payers.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Craig

    Well the tea party standard bearer speaks out yet again to reveal that for which they stand. First an apologist for rascists saying businesses and private owners should be allowed to discriminate in hiring, serving and renting – although he would never do so. Now he is an apologist for big oil, an industry that price colludes to gouge the American consumer, fails to abide by safety regulations and pollutes our environment.

    Keep talking Paul as every word you spew reveals the heartless and ugly core that is the tea party. Keep talking Paul as you words alienate independents, make moderates cringe and fortifies the progressive movement. To this Liberal, you are the gift that just keeps on giving!

    May 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. al in memphis

    You can't get this kind of comments off the shelf at Walmart. There must be some type of presciption for this type of stupidity.

    If he thinks that BP statements of what they are going to do is a commitment - he is smoking some moonshine drench funny weeds. History has shown that companies don't step forward to compensate damages unless they are force too– even then they used the courts to drag it out.
    How long do you think fisherman and other business owners can survive when they only source of income has been eliminated (especially during their peak season) and possiblity destroyed for years to come.

    People pushing this type of "no government" agenda really take away from the legitimate discussion about what is the proper balance/role of government. There is a new shame for the people of Kentucky. Get out while you can.

    May 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. rta

    open mouth, continue to insert foot, mr. paul. you sound as ridiculous as sarah palin. oh, yeah i forgot the tea party is a beautiful movement.

    May 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. ronnie m

    An "accident," really Mr. Rand? How conveniently you forget about all those safety violations, and the resultant death of the dozen people who died, not to mention the horror of what this (still uncontained) oil spill is doing to the ocean, sea life, and the coastlines of several states. What this spill will do to the economy and jobs in those states. How about a little less sympathy for BP and a little more concern for the havoc that company wrecked on so many. They deserve every kick in the butt Pres Obama and anyone else wants to toss their way.

    May 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Dave

    Rand, like Ron Paul, is not getting a honeymoon from establishment media. It is part of their coordinated attack. The elites and mainstream media are all out of sorts that the establishment candidate did not win and will now mudsling to make sure that a candidate with ties to them wins instead. It's what they do and they've been dong it for years while the sheep accept it and play the two-party game.

    May 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. seebofubar

    Now here's a guy who actually gets it. Too bad we have an idiot in the White House now, it's going to take quite a while to put this country back togeather after we dump Obama in 2012. My guess sould be that we won't see another liberal president for 20 years, thank God.

    May 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. chill

    its official...this guy is a wack job. has one person torpedoed his senate campaign in less time than this guy has. it has to be a record.

    May 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Willa-PA

    *Typical libertarian/republican. Poor BP, they killed off the Gulf coast, just let them because my stocks are at state otherwise.

    May 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. kimberly

    BP DID say it will not cover losses, past what it has to. HOWEVER this HICK know nothing eye "doctor" has NO idea what the H- he is talking about! Hes a spoiled little rich boy whos daddy is in bed with the oil companies. HE is the only UNAMERICAN fool in the story, i LOVE that the tea baggers picked him, its a shoe in win for the Democrat running against him! LOSERS!

    May 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Jackalope

    Paul criticized the Obama administration for declaring it will put its "boot heel on the throat of BP."

    "Boot heel on the throat of BP" is just another way of saying that BP will be forced to take personal responsibility for its actions. Apparently Rand Paul is opposed to this.

    Funny, I thought the whole Libertarian schtick was about personal responsibility. Guess not, when it comes to the rich and powerful.

    May 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. brad

    Let's see. The drilled thousands of feet over their permit. The lied and told Congress they had proven methods for dealing with any issues (even for issues 60X worse than this according to them), but once this happened they claimed everything was experimental and not proven. Evidence exists now that they told Trans-ocean not to test the well after the sealing and they knew the rubber seal had broken apart in one of the pressure tests but did nothing to fix it. It's obvious they have been lying about how much oil has been spilling, not to mention the bull that they can't estimate it based upon the video... They have probably destroyed the Gulf for years to come and in doing so have destroyed thousands of lives, careers and futures in the process.
    You're darn right he better be tough on BP.

    May 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. John

    I think this defense of BP is almost as damaging to Paul's prospects as his defense of segregation in commerce.

    May 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. John

    This guy is a classic full of crap politician. On top of that, the crap his says is so ridiculous, both parties are looking at him like he's some kind of nutcase....and they are correct. .

    May 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. nate jacksonville fl

    That guys got the foot in the mouth disease.Congrats Kentucky gotta to represent in the dumb scale.

    May 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Red by Choice

    Paul scares the liberals to death. That is why they have immediately gone after him. As for his past comments, he is spot on. I don't agree with racism but I am even more opposed to the government telling me who I have to like, who I have to do business with, how I am to speak to a given race, what my kids can and can not eat, ect. I believe that style of government has been tried already in Cuba, USSR, North Korea, Romania and several other. Note to liberals: it didn't work in those countries and it won't work here.

    May 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. cf

    It's not the "blame game" to identify those responsible and make them fix it. The "blame game" is when those responsible deny responsibilty and put it on someone else - which is what BP and these corporations Rand Paul loves so much are doing.

    But Paul's comments sum up the libertarian movement in a nutshell: That anyone should be able to do anything they want, with no repurcusions: Want to spill oil in the gulf and not clean it up? Thats the business's right. Put lead in toys? Thats the business's right. Refuse to serve black people? That's a business's right. Dump toxic waste next to schoolyards? Thats a business's right.

    But I think we need people like Paul elected every once in a while, to remind us just how dangerous and infuriating the Republican/Libertarian world would be.

    May 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. carlos

    unfortunately I cannot call him what I would like here in this forum,however, the repugnants should embrace this jerk, he will be good come nov. piece of garbage, are un american and unpatriotic......slime ball sicko

    May 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Please

    Yah you corporate shill, stop being tough on the company that is polluting at least 5 states and the gulf of Mexico. If Paul has his way, there would be no government regulation at all. That means, next time a well blows, oh well, let run until it stops. It also means the end of anti-monopoly laws. We would be stuck with one mobile phone carrier, Walmart would run every mom and pop store out of existence, one national food chain, etc. This guy is scary scary scary.

    May 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Dave

    WAAAAAAA! Daddy's being too tough on me! All I did was spill millions of gallons of oil into the family swimming pool! WAAAAAAA!

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Alan Deming

    So talking issue with a multi-billion dollar corporation when their actions - or inaction - threaten a catastrophic effect on the livelihoods of independent business people is too tough? Would he rather Obama stepped in at the first sign of trouble and taken the matter out of BP's hands? No, because that would be seen as stepping on the rights of a company to conduct business.

    Instead of looking at this as an opportunity to knock President Obama, I suggest Dr. Paul consult Louisiana Governor Jindal and other directly affected people to get their views on where BP needs to be and look to be a part of the solution rather than doing what he accuses others of: making statements to score political points with certain constituencies.

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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