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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  1. Barry

    This "candidate" should be a wake up call to progressives and independents that the wacko-right cannot be allowed to hijack our government. The tea party is the extreme right-wing of our country – cloaked with a catchy name. One should know what they are about by watching Sarah Palin (the caribou barbie and tea party darling) mouth senseless sound-bite drivel

    Imagine holding BP – the company that failed to fix known violations on the well that blew out – accountable. My, my, what a novel idea. Corporations are so good to all of us, they can do no harm.

    May 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Anon

    What a stupid MORON!!!!! This is the attitude of repub scum: give big business anything they want and screw the people! BP should have ALL their oil drilling licenses taken away, be forced to pay EVERY DIME of cost of cleanup and economic impact, and never allowed to drill in US waters again!

    May 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Tulsa

    Honeymoon? for someone who would reverse the civil rights act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, drop the dept of education and the EPA????

    You are more stupid that even I gave you credit for. Honeymoon? REALLY??????

    Oh by the way, you won a PRIMARY dummy, not the election. You have no power and hopefully never will.

    May 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. David

    We remember the last person that used the word "un-American" and that was Palin. Need we say more about this apparent movement in the right direction.

    May 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. jaimie ball

    by november, he is going to have dug himself a hole the size of the grand canyon. these rigid libertarian ideals are just that-"ideals" or or the result of long, existential conversations you have late at night in a college dorm. when butted up against reality, this philosophy on the whole falls apart.

    May 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Damon

    "Un-American" for placing rightful blame and criticism on a British company. This idiot is a real piece of work.

    May 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Philly Girl

    Our grandchildren will likely see the impact of this ecological nightmare. Has Paul lost his mind?? Too bad our President doesn't get the respect and gratitude from the American people he works so tirelessly to help. I can't believe he would even be critized for being too tough on BP. Maybe Paul should order a nice dish of poisoned, oily crabs the next time he's out to dinner!

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Independent One

    MY God ANYBODY but Rand Paul as Senator

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Bill

    It's not that "sometimes accidents happen". It's the apparent fact that BP seems to have had no clue what to do when this "accident" happened.

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    I am awestruck. At a time when the Gopers are supposedly on a mission from God to reverse the Democratic Senate majority they've come up with a candidate more politically tone-deaf than The Sarah.

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Jennifer NYC

    Thank you Mr. Paul for saying what I feel. Continuing to demonize business and banks will kill our business and financial sectors and drive businesses away from the US.

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. DMS

    President Obama being too tough ?? Paul must own stock in BP !!

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Hmmm. I have a broad area of agreement with Ron Paul, although we then draw different political conclusions. The younger Paul doesn't seem to be following in Dad's footsteps here. (A hint: the secret word for the day is "responsibility.") But maybe he and I draw different conclusions from that concept too . . .

    May 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Joe Unger

    I guess Rand Paul is too new to politicis. Obama is sounding so tough on BP because Barack Obama is playing politics. BO is trying to deflect blame, to avoid this becoming "Obama's Oil Spill." BO may even agree with Rand Paul but BO is looking after BO.

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. donttreadonme

    I agree with Paul. It is a great thing that we have laws against discrimination and we should. But in today America I am not sure that Government imposed quotas are the correct way to go. I think it is ok to challenge the status quo and I really think the need for Affirmative Action has passed. It is time to give the power back to the citizens!

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. markiejoe

    Seriously, is Rand Paul mentally insane?

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Riley

    BP is going to get head handed to them. The lawsuits alone are going to be a crushing blow and everyone knows it.

    I guess Paul has been thinking he would get treated like Obama. Paul needs to learn as a Repblican he is not going to get a honeymoon, softball treatment in the press, and he sure isn't going to be on permanent vacation like our President.

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. RICO

    This guys has to be joking. Just an accident.... Yes accidents happen, but in this case when it can affect a whole Nation and life around it, especially when there are safety measures to not allow this to happen. This guy is a tool, good luck Kentucky.

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Robert M. Smith, MD, PhD.

    This guy just doesn't get it. BP and it's co-conspirators grossly ignored safety standards and killed 11 people. He also finds fault with civil rights changes that formed the basis of equality in this country. If this guy is what the tea party has to offer then it's nothing but an uninformed joke. Only nobodys laughing.

    May 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. th

    Rand is a total moron. What regulations that are in place didn't help with them getting this spill stopped. It has been going on too long already. BP and their partners are blaming each other for not being on top of this spill.

    Fine them big time and make sure they have something set up to be able to take care of spills a lot faster than what they are doing. They need to take responsibilty for what has happened.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Dennis

    This guy is a real idiot! Obama is being "hard on the people" who created one of the biggest disasters in history, besides killing 11 men. BP pushed the subcontractors to do unsafe work against their advice! I think they should be taken out back and shot!

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Once again, Rand Paul reveals how pro-business and anti-people he is.

    This wasn't merely "an accident." There is documented proof and sworn statements by workers on the rig that indicate BP and its subcontractors were more intent on quickly getting the oil out than in doing it safely.

    The one thing BP was quick to do is pressure survivors on the rig to sign waivers of liability, basically asking them to sign an agreement that they were OK and would not ask BP for compensation for their injuries.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    Rand Paul, defender of Big Buisness and Corporate America.

    you betcha'

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. johnrj08

    Rand Paul is living proof that smart people are perfectly capable of being stupid. He is a Utopian Libertarian, just like his father. What this means is that he sees the world in abstract terms and is incapable of applying his ideology to real-world situations. For instance, he says he abhors racism, yet he believes it is wrong for government to tell small businesses that they can't discriminate. He actually believes that in a free society we are obligated to live with a degree of bigotry because that's the price you have to pay for genuine freedom. Well, that's easy enough for an educated, wealthy white man to say as he sits on his lofty ideological perch. But if Paul's philosophy were applied to the country today, how long would it take for old prejudices and racial fears to resurface? How long would it be before diners and hotels, especially in the South, to start refusing customers on the basis of their skin color? Look at the Republican side of the aisle in the Senate. It is almost entirely made up of old white men. Rand Paul's election to Congress would be a catastrophe for the country. He's playing intellectual games with people's lives.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Jeff

    The more this guy speaks the worse he sounds. Any buyers remorse yet TP?

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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