Rand Paul would turn back civil rights

Posted on 20 May 2010 at 2:42pm

Rand Paul, son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky on Tuesday. He won with Tea Party support and called himself a “card-carrying member.”

Since his victory over the mainstream, party-backed candidate, Paul has come under fire for his opposition to the 1964 civil rights bill. He told Rachel Maddow that he doesn’t believe in any form of racism and that the government should ban all forms of discrimination in its institutions, but should not regulate business.

So he was saying that lunch counters in private stores should be allowed to remain segregated.

Paul said he believes in local solutions. Local solutions mean that gay and lesbian teachers are protected in Dallas Independent School District, but few other places in Texas, for example.

The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel, who writes the conservative blog Right Now, said, “Paul believes, as many conservatives believe, that the government should ban bias in all of its institutions but cannot intervene in the policies of private businesses.”

Time magazine reports that Paul now says he regrets going on Rachel Maddow — but he doesn’t say he regrets his comments.

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