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. GI Joe

    Welcome to the real world. As a candidate for US Senator, we are ALL watching you like a hawk. You're no longer in the back woods or at the plush country club you and your dad enjoy, with everyone being polite all the time. GROW UP!!!!!!

    May 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. John

    What Rand Paul doesn't realize is that accidents can be avoided.

    BP was irresponsible, so they should have a boot on their neck in order to keep the public spotlight on them so that proper legal action is taken.

    If a person accidently shot someone in the face, obviously legal action should be taken because it was negligent for that person to be toying around with a deadly weapon. BP was toying around with our environment, and now they've got to pay. Big time.

    May 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Seattle

    Un-american???? Whatever what is Un-american (by definition) is the British Company oil company running the rig not the PRESIDENT OF AMERICA standing on BP to clean up the mess. I think Obama is doing exactly the right thing by sticking it to them.

    Rand Paul: Like your father you are a gloriously jade misguided fool whose economic and social policies would morally and fiscally bankrupt this country and your comments as of recent are evident of that.

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. William Jefferson

    So lets see - paul thinks states and businesses should be left to discriminate, businesses should have no regulation, and that when a company through it's own malfeasance causes the worst environmental disaster in US history should be left to it's own devices???

    Wow. Republicons sure can pick 'em.

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. watching blew your honeymoon as soon as you said something other than "Tea Party"

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. kate

    How did this guy ever win an election?

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. cheryl

    Sorry Rand, but your way off base on this one. Our President should drack the whip on BP. And when this mess is said and done and all of the fall out evaluated, all forms of regulations should be put back in place and new ones added as tecnology advances. And if any congressman or senator who is not for this, vote their sorry behinds out of office.

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Darko

    That's the truth, there is no such thing as an 'accident' in America these days. Someone must ALWAYS be at fault and thus lawyers swarm like buzzards.

    Having said that, I would not doubt for a second that there was willful malfeasance on the part of individuals within BP and its subcontractors as well as the govt agencies that oversee and regulate the industry.

    Regardless, the massive effort to rush in and politicize the issue rather than contain the damage is very telling of this administration.

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Dom

    '... sometimes accidents happen.' Is Rand Paul kidding here??? This is a major catastrophe that could affect thousands of people. When the Twin Towers went down, did he look into the eyes of the families that lost loved ones and say '... sometimes accidents happen?' We don't need cold-hearted people like him in our government, or anywhere as a matter of fact. I don't live in Kentucky, but I sure hope he loses in November.

    May 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. RJ-GA

    This guy is one of the most dangerous possible Republicans ! Anytime they want to cloak themselves in the American flag, look out ! Is he running to represent the people of his state or the oil company! This is the same guy who says, it is okay for a private business to discriminate and he knows what is un-American. What a typical Republican hypocrit !

    May 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Independent_me



    So this is what a Libertarian is all about?

    ...Allow businesses to do whatever they want, including excluding people of color from their establishments, denying Americans with disabilities servives and accommodations, and allowing Big Oil companies to kill people, destroy the livelihood of hundreds of thousands and pollute the environment???

    Really, Rand Paul? Obama is being too hard on BP???


    Kentucky, do you really want this man in Congress????

    May 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Mike

    I agree with him. The boot comment came from Salazar the Interior Secretary and was repeated a couple of days later by Gibbs the Press Secretary. I take that to mean it was a comment approved by the Prez. Isn't a bit hypocritical of Obama to complain about finger pointing when this is the tone his people are setting? How about "We are going to hold BP accountable"? I am fine with that. But the tone during this crisis needs to be on finding a solution and mitigating impact.... and the boot on the throat comment is pandering to the left, demonization of "Big Business", promotes the blame game mentality and counterproductive

    May 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. TieRant

    Okay, lest the typo police try to obscure the content of my post by dismissing my intelligence because of a few errant key strokes, I meant to say "true colors" not "true colers" and "campaign" not "campain." I type too quickly when I am upset.

    May 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. RCasson

    Ah yes, this coming from the same idiot who thinks Obama shouldn't even be served at the lunch counter. When is someone going to let this clown know his fifteen minutes of fame ended the minute he revealed himself to be a tea party racist.

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

    So making sure the company faces its responsibility is unamerican...
    Avoiding making sure the security measures are in place makes this an accident...
    Seems like he's trying real hard not to win the senate race in advance...
    Welcome to the national stage Dr Paul, this isn't the GOP primary anymore.

    May 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. John

    OK Kentucky Tea Party Members, this is what you wanted, someone that believes in smaller government and less handouts. The problem is that alot of those people come with the side effect of wanting big companies to run our country and believe that it's all about the money.

    So now he's shown us he's a biggot and panders to big oil and it's not even been a week since he got elected candidate.

    BTW, how is it UnAmerican to put your boot at the throat of a foreign company when they pollute and destroy American resources and property? I'm just saying...

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    Spoken like a true Republican. Show him corporate money, and he votes the with the correct switch....OR....given the opprtunity to receive corporate money, there is no limit to the depth a Republican will sink.

    They know who their masters are, and it is not the American people.

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Karece

    Accidents happen? Really? The rights of busines profits supercede the rights of people and wildlife to survive? And does this apply
    to drilling in national parks too? That's right, to his thinking, business people are kind, ethical folks who should be trusted to regulate themselves. And businesses should have the right to discriminate in his view. What a dangerous philosophy! More chilling though is this thinking mirrors his fathers' views so closely. Does he have a mind of his own? Or might there just be two Ron Pauls in DC?

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Dixie

    Another political nut case.

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Some one needs to slap this idiot he hasnt even bean in office a week yet America needs to keep a close eye on this fool .

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Wil in the VA.

    I guess he really does believe that private businesses can do what ever it wants. Rand stick with interviews over at Fix news.

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Michael in Houston

    Every time I hear Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, McConnell, and now this butterhead open their mouths I just look to the sky and pray that a slab of rock the size of the state of Texas would just come hurdling through space and slam into earth and end the madness.

    May 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Langley Whickersham

    Whats sounds UNAMERICAN is your veiw that private businesses should be able to discriminate against me based on race, sex, and religious beliefs. What sounds UNAMERICAN is your pandering to Big Oil, that through their negligence managed to destroy most of the Gulf Coast. Dont quit your day job Mr. Paul.

    May 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Johnny Five

    Every politician speaks everyday and everyone says things that get misconstrued and twisted by the media.

    Why are you picking on Rand Paul? Seriously, cut it out. How many black hearts does America have these days?

    May 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Dale

    I'd like to join many others here in Kentucky in apologizing to the world for allowing an idiot like Paul to gain a public forum to say stupid things. Bunning must be somewhere happy to see that he's not the worst thing produced in the political theater of Kentucky anymore.

    May 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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