AP: "30" Protesters decry Paul's comments on civil rights.Submitted by LForD on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 20:04
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Protesters carried signs outside Kentucky's Republican Party headquarters decrying U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul's comments on civil rights Saturday while GOP leaders met inside to pledge their support for the candidate.
The meeting was organized to rally the state GOP behind Paul after a bitter primary campaign in which much of the Republican establishment backed his opponent. Rand won by a lopsided margin earlier this week.
But about 30 demonstrators used Saturday's meeting as an opportunity to blast Paul for misgivings he expressed about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that he abhors racial discrimination, but suggested the federal government shouldn't have the power to force restaurants to serve minorities if the business owners don't want to.
"It's fundamentally un-American to oppose the Civil Rights Act," said University of Louisville student Perry Green, flanked by a fellow protester carrying a placard declaring: "Rand The Klan's Man."
Picture of Seven-year-old Jeffery Parker Jr., holds a sign as he stands with other demonstrators across the street from a Republican party unity rally in Frankfort, Ky., Saturday, May 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/slideshow/ALeqM5gQVREKmj...