Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'
July 30th, 2014
09:05 PM ET
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Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'

Arlington, Virginia (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul lambasted MNSBC on Wednesday, pledging not to be a guest on the network until it "apologizes" for airing "lousy lies" about his positions.

"So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC," the Kentucky Republican said to laughs at a convention in Arlington, Virginia for the libertarian group, Young Americans for Liberty.

Paul was on the network's show, "The Cycle," earlier Wednesday with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker to talk about criminal justice reform proposals that they've introduced in the Senate.

During the interview, he was asked about his controversial 2010 comments in which he raised some questions about a portion of the Civil Rights Act involving private property. He had made some of those remarks on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

Maddow has been reminding viewers lately about Paul's comments, now that he's aggressively courting African-American voters and laying the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign.

Asked Wednesday on "The Cycle" about his 2010 comments, Paul said he has always supported the law.

"Have I ever had a philosophical discussion about all aspects of it? Yeah, and I learned my lesson: To come on MSNBC and have a philosophical discussion, the liberals will come out of the woodwork and they will go crazy and say you're against the Civil Rights Act and that you're some terrible racist."

"I take great objection to that," he continued, pointing to the legislation he's been working on that he says can help African-Americans.

Pressed further by the host about why he has "evolved" on his position about the Civil Rights Act, Paul argued "never been opposed" the law in the first place.

"I've been attacked by half a dozen people on your network trying to say I'm opposed to the Civil Rights Act and somehow now I've changed," Paul said. "I'm not willing to engage with people who are misrepresenting my viewpoint on this."

At the convention Wednesday night, Paul said the network tried to get him to talk about some of his libertarian stances.

"I said, 'Look I'll come back and have a great philosophical discussion after you go on the air for 24 hours (and) apologize for all the lousy lies you've been saying about me for four years,’" he said.

He argued that the network has only a "couple" of "honest progressives," adding "they have partisan cranks and hacks."

Update: Responding to Paul's comments on her program later Wednesday night, Maddow blasted Paul for arguing that he never objected to the Civil Rights Act and played footage of 2010 interviews in which he raised questions about it.

Furthermore, Paul failed to display "presidential temperament" in his rant about MSNBC, she argued.

"This is not even playground temperament in most well-run elementary schools," Maddow added. "Nobody expects you to be perfect, but nobody expects you to be a petulant person who lies–and is constantly threatening imagined adversaries about it. It's not a good look."

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. bassman

    This is the same network that brought us the "Todd and Sarah Palin embezzled to build their home" lie.
    This is the same network that told us if we could only read Gov. Palin's email we would find the smoking Gun.
    This is the same network that told us Todd and Sarah are divorcing.
    Shall I continue? There are more lies.

    July 30, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Bill

    I guess he prefers to appear on shows with those esteemed journalists Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the clown squad at Faux News. The Aqua Buddha will never be president.

    July 30, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. just me

    Too funny. Other peoples' words he claims as his own. HIS OWN WORDS, HE DENIES.

    July 30, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    It would be nice if he did that with Fox as well. There is no longer an unbiased media source. They just have less bias this way or that.

    July 30, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. king

    You know what i like the prisoner noting law paul is pushing, that is where my fundness ends, maybe if he was to move his ideology to the middle, i might like him some more, the problem is him talking bad about MSNBC which is way more moderate than faux news, at least msnbc has right winger morning joe for three hours every weekday morning, the cowards at faux news couldnt tolerate a dem in their 24 hours of hates news.

    July 30, 2014 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  6. Former republican, now an independent

    If Rand Paul is opposed to appearing on a network that is partisan, he should in good conscience refuse to have anything to do with Fox News, A.K.A The Republican News Network!

    July 31, 2014 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. Ojingwa

    Rand Paul is a nutjob. He's one to talk of defamation...look at right-wing media, full of lies and deception. Pure fear arousing entertainment. The right represents oppression to minorities, women, LGBT, and the environment.

    July 31, 2014 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Bigwilliestyles

    So there is a network 'news' program thats spews lies, makes up stories, is blatantly partisan and misrepresents itself as real news? Man! Bites the big one, doesn't it?

    July 31, 2014 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. America1st

    His father was a racist too.

    July 31, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Thomas

    Now that weed is legal , maybe Randy will come clean about the Aqua Buddha incident .

    As for criminal justice reform , it's about time !
    There will never be peace until there is justice .

    July 31, 2014 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. belinda

    So, now he can take back, what I heard on MSNBC and get away with it ? He stated, while smiling, that he thought we should bring back his version, of the good old days. When African Americans, were denied service, at lunch counters. That's how he won his Senate election. Oh, that's right, he's a proven plagiarist too. That he's a Senator is a joke and an insult to this country.

    July 31, 2014 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. luke, AZ

    Rand Paul is not a Republican. He's not from the tea party or from the religious wing either. He is a libertarian through and through.

    July 31, 2014 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  13. Go to The Tape

    Maddow need only play Pauls words back now that rand has been STUPID enough to bring this up again. He DID SAY that private businesses should be able to opt out of the CRA. He wasnt being philosophical he just wasnt thinking about running in a national race, now he is.

    July 31, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. sifto77

    Well said, paul.

    July 31, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |

    Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'

    July 31, 2014 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  16. John in Brooklyn

    Far less so than Faux News is on the right....AND MASSIVELY LESS FUNDED BY RICH SPECIAL INTERESTS.

    July 31, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  17. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    And I suppose the fox dope channel doesn't ???? They are a national joke and make PRVDA the soviet propaganda channel look tame. And also fox has the worst one side anniversary that can't get a job ANYWHERE ELSE, who would hire those MORONS????

    July 31, 2014 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  18. GOP = Greed Over People

    And let me guess, Aqua Buddha, you believe Fox Fables is "fair and balanced"?

    July 31, 2014 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  19. Hillary Inathong

    Awwww... You done it now Rand!!! Prepare to feel the wraith of the Democrat's propaganda arm!
    – every video clip will be cut and cropped to make it look like you enjoy stomping on boxes-filled-with-kittens
    – every thing you say will be misconstrued and put out of context (real: "I love my mom" MSNBC:"I love to touch my mom's private parts")

    MSNBC: Goebbels would be proud!

    July 31, 2014 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  20. Marie MD

    randy,randy,randy, doocey (of the dancing kitty fame in DC) was almost bumbed off that couch when he actually said on air something to the tune of "this is what we are supposed to say about whatever the lie of that day war". The look on his co-hosts (being nice to call them that) was like OMG!!! You don't give out our secrets, are you kidding me?
    Yes, your own words are being used against you. Maybe you should keep your mouth shut and just go back to that quack medical practice of yours. Philosophical? Are you bringing Rand's books with you, maybe even the altar boy from WI to back you up?:
    Go sit in the corner with the dunce hat.

    July 31, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  21. @RI_Roger

    MSNBC cranks and hacks get their talking points each morning from the Democrat party machine and regurgitate them all day long on every show. They truly believe that the more they repeat it that their uniformed, low educated audience will also believe it. They have no concern what is right for the country, only what will help their destructive progressive cause. It won't belong before a purging of on air personalities will take place!

    July 31, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm sure you do Rand, but you said it, it's out there and you meant it. Now that you think you have a shot at the WH, you want to backtrack and blame MSNBC. Be a man Rand and stand by your words. As for partisan hacks, look no further than Fox.

    July 31, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |

    Dopey Rand Paul can forget about it. Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the desperate GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    July 31, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  24. warren

    He argued that the network has only a "couple" of "honest progressives," adding "they have partisan cranks and hacks.

    He must be have Fox and MSNBC confused.. the cranks and hacks are on FOX...the true partisan "news"...

    July 31, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  25. wwf

    As if Fox does not distort the truth to fit their views. Just as bad as MSNBC

    July 31, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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