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. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The "great unifier" is always attacking a business or people who actually pay taxes. It makes him really popular with the dope smokers.
    He really should, of course, attack the waste and fraud in his entitlement programs, the unions that have forced millions of jobs out of the country. the lazy federal and state union workers who are sucking the life out of our economy, but those are his voters.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. sheppard

    Mr Paul – if you 'haven't heard' BP trying to shift the blame for this so-clled accident, you don't read much. We just got over 8 years of a White House that couldn't/wouldn't read; I for one am not interested in promoting another politician who 'goes with his gut'...

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Mikey

    Wow! I have become disappointed in the Administration's urgency level on this, and they are beginning to receive criticism from a variety of sources. So, if Rand Paul were in charge, what would he do? How much oil would have to leak before he got tough? Would this small Government advocate end up putting all the burden on the American taxpayer? But then, Paul, like his father, has very odd views on a lot of topics. Almost any political theory can be taken to its illogical extreme – and the libertarians demonstrate that maxim with regularity.

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Chris~Albany, NY

    Seriously??? I like his father but Rand is one apple who fell wayyyyy off the tree! It's someone's fault that didn't follow the rules and regulations for the blow out preventer and other things...those ARE someone's fault!!!

    May 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. invisible hand

    don't worry, capitalizm and the free market will take care of this mess....

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. mich

    I cannot believe that the people of Kentucky voted for this guy....really, how stupid are they???

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Lori

    I don't think this is Rep. Ron Paul's son?!!! I like Ron Paul and voted for him, but this guy is just too weird and cocky for me. Just shut up and sit pretty till November.

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Allen Hussein

    Rand Paul might be the Pug gift that keeps on giving. First fis civil rights act opposition and now his defense of BP. What next, tell us he is in favor of unsafe coal mines?

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Sharon

    Here we go with this "unamerican" thing from a republican. This statement to me touches on race every time it is used. We are all Americans and in living in America we are all at fault when things go wrong and we all get credit when things go right. So, People in American who are American should not take this tone "unamerican" when attacking another American.
    This country is hurting and everyone needs to stand up and pitch in. The big companies need to take the lead and do it.

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. LarryB

    This is just another example of one of the 'sheep' of the tea party 'herd' straying from the pre-approved script and revealing their true beliefs. Sarah Palin did it and look what happened to her! She isn't "smarter than a 5th grader" and has now become that so-called "elitist" who requires $$$$ just to read those tea party 'taking points'!! Ask one question that requires these people have a single independent thought and the whole facade unravels!! Rand Paul is nothing other than a populist puppet. Kentucky now has their guy! Now a Senate candidate, does he speak for all those who voted for him? That is a strong YES!
    Good luck with that Kentucky!

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

    Accidents happen sometimes? It's not an "accident" when safety is overlooked in favor of profit, and 11 lost lives are more than an "oops."

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. This guy will be toast come November...

    Hey Paul chill man...you have not been elected yet...and most likely you won't be either...don't show us that you can take up against the President...which all you tea baggers do and in the end just loose...so shut your pie hole...

    May 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. mich

    I can't believe the people of Kentucky voted for this guy....really, how stupid are they???

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. tjaman

    No Rand. What would be "un-American" would be a corporation causing an environmental meltdown and leaving it to the taxpayers to clean up. We saw this with Wall Street not two years ago, where financial corporations had grand adventures with America's pension funds and when the market went south in a big way now it's on US to clean it up, and that's just really unacceptable. BP made the mess, BP should be _solely_ responsible for cleaning it up.

    I figured a Libertarian would get that.

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

    True colers, eh? There you have it. Rand Paul: apologist for BP. You know what I think sounds "really un-American," Mr. Paul? Defending a greedy multinational conglomerate that is in the process of destroying thousands of miles of U.S. coastline and threatening the livelihoods of hard-working Americans who depend on that coastline for their livelihoods.

    Yes, accidents happen. But when the BPO valve fails a critical safety test hours before a blowout, and BP continued to greedily extract oil instead of shutting down to examine the reason for the test failure, then it's not an accident. It is negligence. But, hey. Give them a pass. I'm sure it will earn you a fortune in oil-lobby campain contributions.

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. John

    Another Palin only this time it's a white male, showing his colors early.
    Another nut case. President is black so he is wrong no matter what he does or says.

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. DIANA

    Yeah right, It's Obama's fault the oil was spilled. What should he have done – slapped them on the hand and tell them not to do it again. We now know who's funding Paul.

    I love this, each time he talks, his foot goes deeper and deeper in his mouth. Kentucky will be blue this Nov.

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. beth

    give it a rest with the Un-American.... you and all your tea party friends are disgusting. you distort every comment made by our current administration. do businesses need to be held accountable...yes!!!!

    Are there people who have made enough money in this country that they may want to begin looking out for others....YES!!!!!

    Call it sociaist if you like, I prefer to think of it as following the teachings of Christ. And for the folks of other faiths or possibly no faith, I'm sure there are many who would agree that it is a moral responsiblity to care for other people, creatures, and the environment.

    So you and your gun-toting, it's all about me and me getting the most I possibly can friends can go back to your little circle-jerks and begin your next drama.

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Jason

    Mr. Paul needs to pull his head out of his "you know what." Are you freaking kidding me? This shows 2 things: 1. Rand Paul is on the side of BIG BUISNESS and NO ONE can refute that after this idiotic statment. 2. Our current two-party syatem is GARBAGE. Politicians will take any moment, no matter how horrifying, to use as a political platform. This is a time we need solutions, rather than political mud slinging. One day we should have NO PARTIES, that way we can old each person accountable for their actions.

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

    Uhm, BP is ruining our fisheries, shorelines, wetlands, and scaring off tourists, their dubious comment that they will pay all claims is PR bs and not to be trusted. Obama is right for nailing them to the wall, they royally screwed up.

    – A

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    This dude is a racist joke that shouldn't be in a position to decide anything for the American people.

    The President can't put enough pressure on BP. I say that as a supporter of the President.

    Governments are required to regulate. For the past 20 to 30 years, Republicans have been deregulating whenever possible and refusing to enforce whatever regulations are still on the books.

    If you can't regulate, then you can't govern.

    BTW, Mr. Paul, what are your views on Social Security, Medicare, Americans with Disabilities, and the new law enacted in Arizona?

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. clyde

    Sounds like Paul is trading in his tea for oil.

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Obama is too hard on all corporations. That's why the stock market is tanking and unemployment continues to worsen.

    OBAMA = FAILURE

    May 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. John in Brooklyn

    If this is any reflection of how Paul will act in the Senate...we desperately need to voters of Kentucky to vote for his opponent. BP has not only failed to follow safety guidelines, they have also intentionally misled the American public-not to mention the EPA – about the extend of the leak. This has led to containment decisions and clean up efforts to be guided by false information and, as early as today, we have learned that BP was given clearance to use harmful dispersion chemicals that were never intended for a spill as large as this has become.

    If Paul wants to give a "free ticket" to companies that act irresponsibly...where does it stop? Is he also going to side with the Wall Street bankers who invested foolishly?

    This is NOT the type of leadership we need in Washington!

    May 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. kmp

    OMG Paul it just keeps getting better and better the stuff coming out of your mouth. Yes accidents do happen, but when these accidents could have been prevented and the fact that this accident the true effects have yet to be truly felt. With local economies being decimated because they can no longer work for a living because their jobs and buisnesses will close because of this. You have the audacity to critize the president for actually doing the right thing and holding BP responsible for this.

    I am beginning to wonder who is paying you to say this stuff because this is to much.

    May 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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