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. John

    This guy is so extreme right-wing that it would be funny, if not for the scary thought that some people actually cast votes for him.

    May 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Debbie from Arizona

    When you are a nightmare, you don't get a honeymoon. This is beyond scary. To say that President Obama is un-American for blaming BP for this very preventable "accident" is amazing. I blame BP for putting money before the environment, money before the American people, money before safety, money above all else. Does Ms. Sarah know that this man is against the Americans with Disabilities Act? She get's all up in the air about the use of the word retarded, but supports a man like this. I guess Sarah will support anyone if they pay her enough.

    May 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Dan Holiday

    Obama needs to stop pointing fingers and fix the problem in the gulf. Why is it that when Katrina happened the libs blamed Bush, but when this happens they blame everyone else but the President? Hypocrite much?

    May 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. rdepontb

    Rand, get serious about getting your head out of the sand. You are now expressing these views in public, not inside your head.

    What is most un-American about this situation is that BP is not pulling its own weight, is not playing by the rules we agree make our country what it is, and is trying to foister the costs of their failures and mistakes on to the public. There is no sense of public duty, community duty, ecological duty.

    If you think it's every man for himself, if that is your business model and political model (remember, politicians are put there to develop and enact policy we all live by), then the Senate surely is no place for you. You will be frustrated at all the wrong things.

    Good bye, sir.

    May 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. carlos

    This guy should go an hide under the rock he came from...quickly... because if he continues to run his mouth by the time November comes he is going to be SNL favorite subject....

    May 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Jill American

    So it is un-American to come down hard on a company responsible for the biggest oil disaster this country (and the world) will ever see? The company responsible for not having a disaster plan in place because it 'cost too much'? The company responsible for the destruction of an entire section of the US? The company responsible for the destruction of countless wildlife, fish, and eventually humans?
    So BP is going to 'pay to clean it up'?
    IT WILL NEVER BE CLEANED UP!
    Who is this guy?

    May 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. DumpTheGOP

    Rand is just another GOP Oil Corporation apologist!!

    May 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Casey

    So when you criticize business, you're un-American? Wow. If anything people aren't being hard enough on BP. They claimed in their saftey filings to be able to handle a spill far bigger than this one. So, do it already. Or were you inflating your capabilities in your filing so you could get the permit. Yeah, that's what I thought. I hope I'm not being un-American.

    May 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. sssimon

    Looks like we have a new political baromete out there. Whatever Rand Paul says, the opposite must be true.

    At least he is being honest, I'll say that for him. This is what Libertarianism is. The don't want Government to do anything to regulate corporations. Rand would want to dissolve the MMS all together and let the BP decide where to drill and what safety precautions to take all by himself. And let them clean up or not when they have an accident like this.

    I can't wait for him to opine on Bank/Wall Street reform. He will be opposed to any regulation of Banks/Wall Street.

    How are you liking this so far tea baggers? Do you see what you are supporting? Don't you realize that YOU are the government? And you want to take away your power and give it all to corporations whose only reason for existence is to make a profit?

    May 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Tom

    This is what the tea party believes in and people will hopefully begin to realize that. They protest this and protest that, saying they are against big government. But when they actually have to explain their beliefs on a national stage, people see what they stand for. They are for the right to discriminate against races in private business, against the A.D.A., against the Deot of Education, during one of the worst oil spills they side with BP, when the economy collapses because of wall street abuses they are for the status quo.

    May 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. mine

    this makes me think of that old and famous statement from Texas political columnist Molly Ivins:

    "It's OK for a politician to step on his dick once in a while, but it's considered bad form for him to just stand there with his foot on it"

    May 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Christian

    I think it's unamerican to tell other americans what's unamerican. sic.

    May 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Paul

    What a panderer. Now it's apparently "unamerican" to make someone responsible for their own actions!!!! Move over, Sarah Palin, there's a new idiot in town.

    May 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Anonymous

    The more he talks the lower the value of the Tea Party goes

    May 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Kevin P

    What a nut job, hahaha.

    I hope he keeps talking though; everyone needs to see what a nut-job this guy is. If I lived in Kentucky, I guess I would be forced to vote Dem. (I'm a conservative leaning independent.)

    Palin (so so much a nut job, more dim-witted) forced me not to vote for John McCain, and I voted for Barack Obama instead.

    Geewhiz, cant conservatives (GOP or Teap Partiers) field any normal, intelligent, non-sexualy devient candidates.

    Who am I to vote for anymore????? Im stuck with either super-liberals, or GOP/Tea Party nut-jobs.

    May 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Take Responsibility

    It's hurting the United States. Obama needs to get involved and send help. Blame BP later. Does Obama even like the United States? By his actions.....I don't think so.

    May 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Jim In Miami

    What a 'gift' to the progressives Dr. Paul is proving to be.

    I so want to hear his views on 'financial regulation'.

    May 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Barbara

    Tea Party – out of touch with mainstream society and very narrow minded. We should be very concern.

    May 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Jesse Kwakenat

    I see the correction has been made, thank you.

    May 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. sssimon

    ...and someone please ask Rand if he believes that Social Security and Medicaid should be abolished.

    Hint: He does.

    May 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. mom2boys

    This guy has GOT to be kidding me right? Right? Un-american...he does realize that BP is a British company right? Right? Yeesh!

    May 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Obamacrat

    Wow! First this guys takes on Civil Rights, Disibilites, and Fair Housing. Now he's coming to the defense of the company that caused the worst environmental disaster in 30 years. Is he trying NOT to get elected?

    May 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. comrade buckeye

    Rand Paul is a pandering idiot.

    May 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Ken

    "Drill, Baby, Drill!! Drill now!!"

    Spill, Baby, Spill!

    "The president, Paul told ABC, is being too tough on BP"
    And BP has really shown that it really knows how to handle catastrophes like this one – yeah right!
    Thanks a lot, Rand. Your true colors are showing!

    May 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Jon

    Too tough on BP? Can't be done.

    You can't be too tough on a company with Billion$ of profit – when their operations put an entire ecosystem at risk. Not to mention they have put the tourism industry of the US gulf coast at risk. (Rand Paul is from KY.)

    Finally, the CEO of BP has clearly not taken this seriously. Comments that the oil is a drop in the gulf show their lack of accountability and lack of sincere response to a situation their company is intricately involved with.

    You can defend business all day. But, there's no reason to defend BAD business.

    May 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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