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. Sam

    Brain dead theorist who has never lived in the real world and is proving to everyone on a daily basis that he is completely divorced from reality.

    May 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Gee

    Way to go Rand, the Liberals are afraid of you...

    May 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Physicist from Cali

    This is ridiculous. Obama should decapitate BP for their lackadaisical consideration of the gulf coast environment. Sure BP says they will pay but the company does not have enough money to cover ALL the damages. For example all the fisherman that are out of work, the effects on the coastal wetlands and tourism, and the unforeseeable long term effects.

    May 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. ART

    Obviously this man is not thinking clearly maybe he's got cataracts of the brain.Rand should stick to practicing medicine and leave politics to the politicians. Does anyone know what kind of specialist can help this idiot extract his foot from his mouth.

    May 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Patsy, Texas

    I saw this interview, and this guy is the whiniest pissant I have seen
    in a long time. Moaning and groaning over criticism by "certain"
    networks, etc. For goodness sake, the dunce wouldn't even answer
    to quotes from his own speeches or guest spots. As for BP, how
    stupid can you get? This company lied about their readiness, lied about
    how much oil was spilling daily, fired people who warned them about
    other rigs, and are still using them. Accidents happen? Wow, what
    a deep thinker; and all he wants to know is:
    "Where is my honeymoon"?
    Scarey stuff people.

    May 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We need to do more then put our heel on there throat we need to prosecute them with the death penalty and impeach the nitwit .

    May 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Walter, Long Beach

    I'll tell you what's un-American. Saying that integrating lunch counters was a bad idea. Now that's un American!

    May 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. SuperD

    The Dems have got to get it through their thick skulls.

    You can't beat up business and then cry about jobs.

    Obama is the ace offender on this, he hates business, the idea of the profit motive, Liberals cannot understand it. That's why I vomit everytime I hear somebody say Obama is smart, he's the exact opposite.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. rta

    open mouth, continue to insert foot, mr. paul. you sound as ridiculous as sarah palin.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. OzarkGal

    President Obama shouldn't just have his "boot heel on the throat of BP" he should also have his hands on their gonads! And BP is one of the loudest ones saying "it's not my fault".......a "honeymoon period"'ve got to be kidding right?

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Shari from Madison WI

    Oh boy, here's another politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He blames President Obama for everything that is wrong int he world, but he also says there is too much blaming. What a hypocrite! He's also a bigot. His earlier comment about equal rights tells me he has no idea what he is saying. I bet somewhere in his family's past his family had slaves. I wouldn't be surpised if he tries to bring back JIm Crow laws.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Minnesotan

    Trust a Republican to know about putting a "boot heel on the throat" of every American taxpayer. These guys have been a total failure for at least a decade and decided that they stand for finger pointing, saying no, misrepresenting facts, ignoring history, borrow-and-spend policies, starting two wars, killing thousands of American soldiers and being the poster child for corruption. Yeah, you're credibility is at the bottom of the outhouse, creeps.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. O H I O

    Keep it up Rand!! We need more like you!

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Marry

    Rand Paul has some nerve! Of cause, accidents happen. But, when you engage in potentially very dangerous business where accidents can have catastrophic impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of “average” People (you know, the ones that are not the all white country club members!) and killing of marine live (well, we just go sail elsewhere) and the coastlines (I have heard Main has a nice coastline too) in the whole region, than you have to take as an industry the utmost care. All the results are not in yet – but the possibility that sort cuts and greet neglected safety cannot be denied. Otherwise the leaks would have been closed immediately. No industry ever came forward with the truth about their dealings unless under massive pressure. Exactly that is what the President is doing! And Paul would like to take the pressure away???? You will have a choice in November and hopefully it is not a future according to Rand Paul! And these guys are “pro live”?!!?? By the way, I do not hear much about the effect this disaster has/will have on the neighbors in the gulf region. Is BP going to reimburse them for their losses too?

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Pat

    I guess that fact that none of the so-called fail safes didn't work and their contingency plans were full of holes doesn't count. Who else is to blame other than BP.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Otis

    Last I checked, Rand, it WAS BP's oil rig...

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    Wow. Obama is being too tough on BP. BP has destroyed the Gulf coast and it is going to cost billions to clean it up. Destroyed the environment,killing off the wildlife and Paul has the nerve to say Obama is too tough. I think Paul is the one who is Un-American and very ill informed.....

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Johnny DC

    As usual, Rand Paul says exactly what needs to be said – exactly what politicians of today are afraid to say.

    This administration has done everything in its power to make the average voting American hate big business and hate the successful person.

    To score political points, Obama has repeatedly issued aggressive statements about BP regarding this disaster, while BP has transitioned into a completely agreeable position on the disaster recovery.

    Obama has proven that this administration will destroy you if you disagree with him, and will even destroy you if you agree with him but it's politically advantageous to do it anyway.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    TOO TOUGH? What in the hell is this guy smoking? The US government should already have the CEO's of all involved in jail right now for their crimes not only against the enviroment but the death of 11 people. These foreign companies that are responsible are flipping us the bird and he is too tough? If it were up to me I would cancel all lease deals with all of these crooks and start handing over leases to companies based in the US only and that would include any subcontract work.
    This is what the teabaggers are all about folks, big business rules and the citizens can lick the crumbs off of the floor.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Tea is a hallucinogen

    This guy is quickly showing America how much of an idiot he truly is.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. jerseylou

    YUPER.....what does this racist know about any thing but being a pure blooded racist.Just goes to show,you can be a Doctor,Priest,Teacher or Politican you don't have to ware a white hood an nazi swastika anymore. A two piece suit with nothing in it will do!

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. RF

    Here we go, Paul wins an election then goes on the attack! notice his criticism does not say inappropriate he says UN AMERICAN! According to Paul it is UN American to criticize business. A telling point on his point of view. hang on folks it is going to be an interesting ride !

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Allen

    Paul's criticism of Obama and support of BP is customary of the Republican party. They apply principles to protect big businesses like they are looking out for the little guy (small business owners) but are actually trying to protect big business owners (their friends and business acquaintances). All the while garnering support from poor and middle class whites who would be served better under democratic governance.They seeks solace in relating to their oppressor than relating to the people that struggle with them. When big business acts irresponsibly they need to be brought to task. Whats un-American about that.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. daryl

    Paul's time in office will all be a honeymoon period. He's absolutely useless and his pre-emptive statement about the president's response to the oil spill is just more of the same sabatoge rhetoric by Republicans to continue their assualt on the Obama administration, everything from trying to paint him as a communist to blaming him for every circumstance they can stir into media exposure.

    I've already torn up my republican voter's registration and I'll never set foot in any of the GOP circles again. I'm disgusted, embarrassed and frankly, we're still trying to recover from the Republican administration and its intentional lack of oversight in handling of the wall market crisis, engaging in a war to benefit defense contractors, lying to the nation's public and this list goes on.

    Enough is enough.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Donnie

    Here we go again, with a politician saying one thing, then trying to back track to change his view. Regarding a honeymoon period, when a true person on of the people stands up and recognizes the need, they stop at nothing to make their views heard. He is asking for a chance to manipulate his own words. I have to admit that I thought his father was great, and would have followed him, however from what I have seen this Rand lacks the committment. As far as the BP oil spill, it should be stopped from leaking into the gulf, and it is obvious that BP is dragging their feet a bit, this spill has been going on for a month now. Somebody needs to regulate this company and hold them accountable.

    May 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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