After his Tuesday night victory in Kentucky, Rand Paul’s debut as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate got off to a shaky start with awkward interviews on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The tea party hero declined to say whether the federal government should have the authority to prohibit a private business from discriminating on the basis of race. Here’s the morning post with the background.
We haven’t seen the video, but Paul attempted a reboot this afternoon, during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. A portion of the transcript:
BLITZER: All right, I want to give you a chance to explain, because there’s a lot of confusion right now about precisely where you stand. I’ll ask you a simple question. If you had been a member of the Senate or the House back in 1964, would you have voted yea or nay for the Civil Rights Act?
PAUL: Yes. I would have voted yes.
BLITZER: So why is there all this confusion emerging right now? Give me your analysis, because you’ve had to issue a statement today. There have been interviews on NPR yesterday and MSNBC. Tell us what’s going on.
PAUL: Well, first of all, Wolf, I thought I was supposed to get a honeymoon. When does my honeymoon start, you know, after my victory?
BLITZER: There’s no such thing in politics, Dr. Paul.
PAUL: No such thing. I think you’re right.
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