http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052101452.html?hpid=topnewsRand Paul: Obama's criticism of BP 'un-American'
WASHINGTON -- Kentucky's Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill Friday as putting "his boot heel on the throat of BP" and "really un-American."
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/2010_Elections/rand-paul-fires-back-critics-civil-rights-act/story?id=10705651Rand Paul, the Tea Party's rising star from Kentucky who won the state's GOP Senate primary this week, says criticism of his views on the Civil Rights Act and other pieces of anti-discrimination legislation are "red herrings" and Democrats' attempt to "trash" his campaign.
GOP Senate nominee from Kentucky explains his views on the Civil Rights Act."When does my honeymoon period start? I had a big victory," Paul told George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" today. "I've just been trashed up and down and they have been saying things that are untrue. And when they say I'm for repealing the Civil Rights Act, it's absolutely false. It's never been my position and something that I basically just think is politics."
Paul's comments came amid a firestorm of criticism sparked earlier this week when he appeared to question the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which he said went too far in banning discrimination by private companies.
In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Paul was asked whether he believed private businesses should have the right to refuse service to African-Americans.
"Yes," Paul said. "I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form. But I think what's important about this debate is not written into any specific 'gotcha' on this, but asking the question: what about freedom of speech? Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent? Should we limit racists from speaking?"
Awkward.Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a leading organizer of conservative activists, called the focus on Mr. Paul's comments an "awkward" moment.
ADA?In an interview with National Public Radio Wednesday, Mr. Paul had expressed misgivings about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Conway said his campaign would challenge Mr. Paul on whether the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and consumer-safety agencies should exist.
Mr. Anti-establishment being brought into the fold?There were signs Thursday that Republican leaders were moving to bring Mr. Paul's campaign into the establishment fold.