If you are a southerner and Libertarian; Choose your opposition wisely because Kentucky Republican Senate Nominee Rand Paul is finding out the hard way. He is accused of Repealing the Civil Rights of 1964 He opposed on political grounds on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show”:
Rand 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.
“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 son of US Ron Paul,(R-TX) said:
“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?”
Democrats seized his answer including the White House:
His comments drew a range of criticism, including a rebuke from the White House Thursday, with press secretary Robert Gibbs telling reporters, “a discussion about whether or not you support those I don’t think has a real, shouldn’t have a place in our political dialogue in 2010.”
Republicans are distancing themselves from the nominee:
Republicans also seemed to distance themselves from Paul’s views. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele made it clear the GOP supports the Civil Rights Act, whatever its Senate nominee in Kentucky says.
Paul defends himself:
Paul has said he doesn’t believe the government has the right to tell a private business who they have to serve but insists he has not — and has never — called for a repeal of the law.
“If you want to bring up 40-year-old legislation, why don’t you bring me on with Sen. [Robert] Byrd, and we’ll talk about how he filibustered the Civil Rights Act,” he said of the 92-year-old West Virginia Democrat. “Make him, call him to task for something he actually did as opposed to calling me to task for something they insinuated that I might believe that’s not true.
“What is going on here is an attempt to vilify us for partisan reasons. Where do your talking points come from? The Democratic National Committee, they also come from Rachel Maddow and MSNBC.”
ABC News has the rest of the story.