Rand Paul Seeks To Clarify Remarks On Discrimination

Posted by | May 20, 2010 19:30 | Filed under: Top Stories

Kentucky’s Republican Senate nominee, Rand Paul, issued a statement to frame his earlier comments supporting private businesses right to discriminate.

“I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person.” But he did not repudiate controversial comments about the 1964 Civil Rights Act that he made in a newspaper interview last month and then elaborated on during broadcast appearances on Wednesday.

“Do you think that a private business has the right to say we don’t serve black people?” he was asked by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“Yes. I’m not in favor of any discrimination of any form,” he added at the beginning of a lengthy answer in which he likened the question to one about limiting freedom of speech for racists. “I don’t want to be associated with those people, but I also don’t want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that’s one of the things freedom requires. …”

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