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.


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  1. Jill-IN

    Paul is wrong, wrong, wrong. No one is being too hard on BP. BP's actions before and during this catastrophe are reprehensible. Rand Paul, it is NOT just about the money. There are some things money will never fix. BP actions have attacked our ocean waters and southeast shorelines and it could very well be decades before things return to normal. For BP to liken it's actions to a natural disaster or a space shuttle blowing up is ridiculous.

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. tony

    This is the state of the Republican Party. One of their Senate hopefuls thinks Obama is being too tough on BP after a spill like this. No wonder Republicans don't want to regulate Wall Street after a financial meltdown that nearly destroyed the economy. We know whom Republicans work for. It is not the public.

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Rand Is Off Base ...

    Rand Paul is way off base with this - given the approach of Rand and Ron Paul in a more libertarian approach and less government spending - we have to put a boot heel into BP's throat on this– BP has to pay ... BP has to get up off their butts and fix this HUGE environmental mess ... and government needs to do a better job of policing the corporations and enforcing rules - the reason we got into this situation is that BP figured out a way to "beat the system" - Did they think it would end up this way? ... probably not - but they took a calculated risk and it blew up in their face. Barack and the US needs to be very clear – we expect BP to clean this up pronto .... the damage has already been done but we need to figure out how to quickly clean this up and how to deal with both the environmental and economic aspects of this tragedy that is the fault of BP.

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. RN

    wow, this is what the Tea Party folks are all about?
    Maybe we shouldn't do anything. He doesn't want big government that would be able to handle the problem. I am sure he doesn't want regulation – to make sure they have a plan to handle an accident.
    So what if we destroy life in the Gulf of Mexico? So what if people cannot eat of drink anything from the gulf – or maybe from the east coast?
    How did this guy ever win the primary? was his opponent dead? let's hope the people of Kentucky have better choices for teh election in November.

    May 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. awram

    I don't think Obama is being hard enough. An oil company that continues to make billions. True it was an accident that possibly been avoided if the company would have put in an added valve and chose not to. It's unfortunate they didn't spend the $250K and now will be faced with a billion dollar clean up. What astounds me is that they have the technology to get the oil but lack it if something goes wrong. Enviroment that is already touchy is being destoyed not to mention how many jobs in the fishing industry are being disrupted. When somrthing gors wrong in the oil industry they have a quick fix....charge the consumer......you really think they are going to take care of the jobs lost to their "mistake". At the hands of Rand Paul, he would give the good old boys a slap on the back and tell them not to worry the little people will pay, it's the republican way.

    May 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Danny

    "when does his honeymoon start?". That's the probelm with politcians – they think they can stop working for the American people rigt after they win their election. Sorry, Rand, it's not going to work that way anymore.

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. bravado in boston

    honeymoons? He barely won the primary...this wasn't the general election.

    what a nut! he IS entertaining though, you have to admit.......

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. kd

    Paul is really frightening. He's clearly a racist, as much as he tries to cry out that he isn't, and he's delusional about Obama being 'too tough' on BP. If anything, Obama needs to step it up with BP (and a lot of other things).

    Paul's bizarre and 19th Century thinking will be exposed and he'll be seen for the danger that he is.

    Let's more the country forward, not back.

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. carlos

    already pandering to big business, are you not?????....we the voters will boot you out and for good.......you are horrific to be in politics....shame on you mongrel.......about that poodle on your head, really disgusting

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. t22

    See you can't point out simple facts, although while taking full responsibility, I don't think BP has handled this well. However, the government seems to be intent on carping from the sidelines on this one and of course this administration has yet to find an industry they don't want to take down.

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. sycamore

    The President's criticism is proper.
    BP has obviously not been honest as to the magnitude of this disaster.
    Rand Paul is pandering to the corporations, probably hoping to reap large contributions.

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. kd

    Paul is really frightening. He's clearly a racist, as much as he tries to cry out that he isn't, and he's delusional about Obama being 'too tough' on BP. If anything, Obama needs to step it up with BP (and a lot of other things).

    Paul's bizarre and 19th Century thinking will be exposed and he'll be seen for the danger that he is.

    Let's move the country forward, not back.

    May 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. shawn

    This dumb racist is in waaayyy over his head. Poor wittle BP 🙁

    May 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Willis, Houston

    Paul is a loser! Kentucky should dump this racist.

    May 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Mike Mc

    What is the appeal of this guy??? I don't get it. U.S. politics have become a joke. Idiocracy at work

    May 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Bryan

    Like SOO many other stories, CNN has headlined this one as "Ron Paul Raises Eyebrows." And of course, these "cute" little phrase they use almost always applies only to conservatives. They use it so frequently, I have this mental image of all the editors and news staff at CNN walking through the halls with their eyebrows constantly raised.

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. OhioInd

    Rand Paul: "I think what troubles me is that the news cycle has gotten out of control,"

    "Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered. As a consequence, some associations will discriminate,"

    "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"

    So then Freedom to discriminate is good, freedom to speak is bad, and the president should just trust the oil company to do what is right.

    Is this what i am hearing from him?

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. CTSadler

    It's un-American to go after a business that destroyed part of America? Really? These retardlicans really like to throw that word around, don't they? But I don't think it means what they think it means...

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Alex

    His defense of an oil company responsible for what will surely be the biggest spill in US history is just dumb politics. Can't wait for more comedy from this little joker.

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Fed Up!

    Typical conservative, keep the government too small so companies like BP can keep on raping the environment. Then they walk away from ecological distasters while still posting obscene profits.

    Where is the accountability Rand?

    When it comes to trust, I trust the government over big business any day of the week.

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Carol Zikmund

    Exactly how does BP compensate the Gulf Coast for its complete destruction? Please, enlighten me, Mr. Paul.

    May 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. NYbywayofTexas

    No Paul, what is un-American is the polluting of the Gulf by big business. We know BP not only has it's hand in your pocket, but it bought you and the pants that host your pockets. Give me a break! If anything, Obama has been too passive. Have you seen the mess that BP has and is creating? WAKE UP!!!!!! No amount of money is worth the devastation, the livelihood and environmental impact this catastrophy is having on America. We have yet to feel the repurcussions of this event. WAKE UP!!!!!!

    May 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Katie

    Of course the Republican tea-partier would depend the oil company.... Why don't we just start electing oil execs as senators and cut the middle-man lobbyist?

    May 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. chris24

    Who cares what this Republican flavor-of-the-day thinks?

    I think the repubs think if they throw enough crap against the wall, of course, some will stick.

    However, anyone who defends BP at this point is commiting political suicide. Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi ALL could lose billions because of BP's stupidity.

    Anyone want to go to Florida now and hop in the brown-sludge water?

    May 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Katie

    Of course the Republican tea-partier would defend the oil company.... Why don't we just start electing oil execs as senators and cut the middle-man lobbyist?

    May 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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