“Nasty” and “mean” is how Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, described the media’s line of questioning used on his son, GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, regarding the 1964 Civil Rights act.
Rand Paul has given several interviews in recent days suggesting that he would not necessarily have supported applying the civil rights law to private property.
Rand Paul has a Libertarian streak, as does his father, who told the Examiner Thursday that he is also a strong believer in private property rights but would not say whether he believed the civil rights law infringed on those rights.
Ron Paul, who ran for president in 2008, said the various interviews about the civil rights law were designed to do damage to his son’s image.
“I think it’s contrived because he has done so well and the left has to knock him down,” the elder Paul said, adding that the civil rights law, “was not part of the campaign, they had to search for this.”
Rand Paul was pummeled by the left on Thursday, with Democratic operatives digging up transcripts and past statements in which he talks about his opposition to the government imposing the civil rights act or other non-discrimination laws on private businesses.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who is in charge of ever Democratic race this fall, went so far as to declare that the younger Paul should not be elected to any public office based on his views.
The DNC quickly put together a new web video called “Rand Paul: Too Extreme” which attempts to convince Kentucky voters that his views “have dangerous consequences” for their state.
The candidate’s father seemed quite frustrated with this latest development in his son’s fast-rising political career and said Rand Paul’s views are simply “a different opinion on how you handle private property rights.”
“Politics can sometimes be pretty nasty and I think there is a lot of resentment because all of a sudden he became a star and this offended a lot of people and it was orchestrated that we’ve got to knock him down a peg. We don’t want people believing in liberty, believing in the market and property rights. Oh no, we can’t do that. So, this is the result of that.”
I asked Ron Paul if he felt his son could recover from the controversy and I got an earful.
“I don’t think he has anything to recover from,” Ron Paul said. “That implies that there has been some terrible thing. Go out in Kentucky and talk to the people. He just got a referendum, he gets 59 percent of the vote and you are talking about recovery? That’s an insult. I just don’t understand that kind of stuff. That’s just not fair.”