Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul kept talking Friday, this time saying that the Obama administration's harsh criticism of BP in connection with the Gulf oil spill sounds un-American.
Paul, who got in trouble this week for seeming to suggest he had issues with the 1964 Civil Rights Act forcing government's will on private businesses, said he was offended by the Obama Cabinet's vow to put a "boot heel on the throat of BP." Rand told ABC's "Good Morning America
, "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business." It was actually Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who said he would "keep the boot on the neck"
of BP to make sure the oil company met its responsibility to clean up the mess in the Gulf caused by the blowout of one of its deep sea wells.
"When does my honeymoon period start? I had a big victory," Paul said in an interview with host George Stephanopoulos, relayed by the New York Times
. "I've just been trashed up and down and they have been saying some 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 . . . "
Paul, who won the Senate GOP nomination in Kentucky over a more established candidate, is a favorite of the Tea Party movement and the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian who ran for president as a Republican in 2008. Rand Paul, an eye doctor, is making his first bid for public office -- and getting a hard lesson in how fast a careless comment can roar through cyberspace.
After saying earlier this week he supported the 1964 law but also thought business owners should have some say in how they conducted their operations, Rand asked Friday why no one was grilling Sen. Robert Byrd, 92, about his opposition to the Civil Rights Act more than 40 years ago. Rand also had a comment on the West Virginia mine disaster which left 29 coal miners dead. Coal mining is also big business in Kentucky and the accident was "very tragic," he said. "Then we come in, and it's always someone's fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen."