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. Hector Slagg

    Who was it that said, MSNBC has about 10 or 11 people in the nightly audience. No doubt they are scraping the bottom of the barrel to get people to watch. Some of the things E.S. said about some conservative women doesn't even belong in a bar scene.

    July 31, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    --lies, lies, lies, these Republicans stoop to any level to this totally un-educated nation.

    July 31, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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