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. SDLiving

    Like father like son. Another idiot who doesn't get it. So that means he will definitely be elected and will have to continue to listen to ignorant comments.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Jon

    Wow, this guy is a joke. Against the Civil Rights Act, and can't even blame a foreign company when they dump thousands of barrels of oil on our coastline? My opinion of the Republican party has never been lower.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. cara

    Is he crazy or just plain stupid?? BP has one of the worst, if not THE worst safety records in the oil industry. Obama has been *soft* on them because he got plenty of $$ from them himself. BP has set the standard for corporate criminal negligence and should be sued to within a single penny of bankruptcy. And no - let's *not* then offer to bail them out.

    May 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. 5TT

    Are you serious, Some one is going to have to tell this guy to shut up before he embarrass the Tea Party even more.

    May 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. what??????

    What l need to know is who voted for this guy???? Then, what do you expect from Kentucky. So, BP screwing hundreds of lives and businesses in Gulf region is patriotic. What a moron....

    May 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. charlie from the North

    Today the role of devil's advocate will be played by Rand Paul. Now tell me one more time..why does the devil need an advocate?

    May 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    if we werent drilling offshore feeding our addiction, then this accident wouldnt happen.. so yeah, this is someone's fault.

    May 21, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. charles

    He overwhemmingly surports discrimination of women, peolpe with disabilities. Less pay for women at work place. Go Tea Party!!! Go Repulican Party!!!!!

    May 21, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Richard

    This guys is a serious moron. I thought his father was bad but this village idiot takes the cake.

    May 21, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. tim

    Last I heard and saw - it was BP's fault... and they have been trying to blame Halliburton.

    Hey Rand–I guess it's kind of like the Civil Rights Act– jeez do we really have to do THAT ?

    Tell BP to start coughing up the money for their own oversights, lack of proper safety procedures and insatiable appetite for profits.

    And tell Rush to shut the f up–he has no IDEA what he's talking about as usual.

    May 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Holding BP accountable is NOT putting a "boot heel" on its throat.

    BP should pay for this; afterall, when they make billions in profit, they don't share it with everyone, right?

    What's got to stop in this country is this belief that industry can privatize its success, but expects to socialize its failures.

    Part of participating in the free market is paying for your mistakes and absorbing your losses.

    May 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Before this kid, Paul, starts criticizing the president he needs to man up on his own game, like policy and read up on history. I agree with many, Paul is a Palin, in pants and nothing more to offer.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. J.C. From Boston

    The libertarians often have some good points about small government and free enterprise, but the reason they will never be a legitimate candidate for higher office is these types of absolutist stances. What BP did was an atrocity equal to that of any terrorist attack, but those who protect capitalism to the extremes are just as bad as any other extremists. They deserve criminal punishment, and more than just a public "boot heel to the throat".

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. lk1974

    This guy is a nut case. Does he not realize that this is a MAJOR accident that could have been prevented. He is another Palin who knows nothing about anything. He just wants fame and glory! Keep on talking because in November, you will be a lost soul.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Zoc

    sometimes accidents happen? yeah, like environmental disasters we can't afford, especially if they happen because of negligence. wow, what a mind-think. time to wake up and smell the coffee.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Mr. Man

    You don't get a honeymoon when you are an anarchist and an idiot

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha

    he obviously doesn't understand the "legal terminology" that BP execs. have been so careful to use.

    BP will - in no way - pay everyone for every amount of livelihood they lost.

    Grow up Rand !!!!!! And quit siding with big business (oil) over the little people and OUR ENVIRONMENT !!!!!!

    KY, I sure hope you folks have some sense. When this world is dead, even the KY people will have no air, water, fish, trees, water etc.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    "When does my honeymoon period start?" said Paul.

    What a whiner! If you can't stand the heat ...

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. is he kidding

    Because they did not change a battery BP has caused an ecological disaster that will affect American's living in the area for years. I know he is pro-business but what about all the small businesses that are devistated because of BP's negligence and now we find out they have been understating the problem the whole time. I am glad Obama will put his boot heel on BP's throat, I can think of some other places for him to put it as well. Paul and the rest of the Tea Party are showing themselves as racist nut jobs way out of the mainstream, that may play well in Republican primaries but it is turning off true moderates and independents.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Robert

    Get a honeymoon period after you get elected, not when you begin your run. And are you in favor of businesses in every situation and at all costs? This isn't the first disaster BP can be blamed for. The govt should be tough on them. I don't see how anyone with Paul's views of govt can ever be elected. Total nutjob.

    May 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Chris

    Yeah, come on. Give the guy some time before he can flip-flop on all the things he said to get elected. He needs to get his "What I really meant" statements prepared.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. lentako

    Sounds like a straight shooter to me. We could use a little more of this.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Juj

    That is a rather naive thing to say the least. Oil companies are concerned about making the most amount of profit. They are also into covering things up like when they said there was only 5000 barrels leaking everyday when it looks like there is much more leaking. Also, these companies only work for profits and they will take their business where most China if its cheaper and people do not care (or most probably do not have any choice) about the impact on the environment or themselves. However, I say good riddance. Therefore, like it or not, we are going the way of China if we let these companies do whatever they want. Is that being patriotic I ask you?

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. LHM

    I hope Paul continues to talk and speak freely, showing his "true" colors; I credit him for at least saying what he believes. I am waiting for the GOP to step in, stop all media contact & put him in a bunker until November. This is a DNC dream candidate. He may win KY and there may be Tea Party followers who are mad as hell, but in 2012 you will see first hand that your tactics failed.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Anonymous

    WHAT???? how is blaming BP for leaking oil from their mismanaged well Unamerican? That has to be the most idiotic opinion I have heard from this tool yet. What is it? Pro-Russian? Pro-Israel? Pro-England? That makes little to no sense. The fact that Paul gets supporters blows my mind. Don't blame BP, not their fault? Please.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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