From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Rand Paul, the newly nominated Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky, touched off more controversy on Friday by calling the Obama administration “un-American” for taking a tough stance with BP over the company’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A day after he was forced to explain remarks he had made suggesting he was not fully supportive of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mr. Paul set off yet another round of Twitter, cable television and e-mail chatter by lambasting President Obama and his aides for insisting that BP be held accountable — and pay — for the oil spill cleanup and damage.
(In the frame, r to l: Lamar McKay, President and Chairman of BP American, Steven Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer Transocean Limited and Tim Probert, President Global Business Lines and Chief Health, Safety and Enviromental Officer Halliburton)
“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,’ ” Mr. Paul said, referring to a remark by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about the oil company. “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.”
His Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, the state attorney general, has begun soliciting campaign donations by citing Mr. Paul’s recent statements.
Also in the Friday interview, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Mr. Paul extended his belief that too much blame was being laid at the feet of business, by alluding to the deaths of 29 workers at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia last month. “We had a mining accident that was very tragic,” he said. “Then we come in, and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”
From The Washington Post:
After two days of bruising media coverage about his views on elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“Rand did ‘Good Morning America’ today, set the record straight, and now we are done talking about it,” said Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign. “No more national interviews on the topic.”
Only two other people have canceled appearances on “Meet the Press”: Louis Farrakhan and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan.