Rep. Ron Paul said Thursday the criticism of his son Rand Pauls comments regarding the 1964 Civil Rights Act is unfair and dismissed the fracas as an attempt by the left to hurt his sons Senate campaign.
I think its contrived because hes done so well and the left has to knock him down, the Texas Republican said.
Rand Paul, the GOP nominee in the Kentucky Senate race, ignited a political firestorm this week by suggesting he disagrees with the landmark civil rights laws prohibition on segregation at privately owned facilities open to the public.
Its not fair, Ron Paul said, adding that as a parent it was hard to see his son pilloried on the national stage and to see his libertarian views characterized as racist.
Politics can sometime be nasty and I think there is a lot of resentment because he all of a sudden became a star, he said.
Asked by a reporter if Rand Pauls campaign could recover from his comments, Ron Paul said there was nothing to recover from, and the suggestion that there is was an insult.
What does he have to recover from? Paul said. Go to Kentucky and talk to the people. Hes just had a referendum; gets 59 percent of the vote and you are talking about recovering? Thats an insult.
On Thursday, Rand Paul sought to clarify his comments. In a lengthy statement, he said unequivocally that he will not support efforts to repeal the law and that he supports it.
Ron Paul, who ran for president in 2008, dismissed the notion that Rand Pauls controversial comments would cost him votes in the general election.
My views tend to be controversial and my support continues to grow, he said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.