The White House Says Rand Paul's Comments on the CRA were Out of LineSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 06:59
Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, sought Thursday to deflect attacks on his position that the Civil Rights Act may represent federal government overreach by emphasizing his support for the legislation in its totality and rejecting the idea that he is in favor of repealing it.
Late Thursday, Paul said on CNN that he “would have voted yes” for the landmark legislation in 1964.
“I think that there was an overriding problem in the South so big that it did require federal intervention in the ’60s. And it stems from things that I said, you know, had been going on, really, 120 years too long. And the Southern states weren’t correcting it,” Paul said.
“And I think there was a need for federal intervention.”
The White House meanwhile said Paul’s comments made the day prior were out of line.
“I think the issues that, that many fought for in the ‘50s and the ‘60s were settled a long time ago in landmark legislation and the discussion about whether or not to support those, I don’t think, shouldn’t have a place in our political dialogue in 2010,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.