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May 20, 2010

Paul Stumbles Trying to Defend Views on Civil Rights

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul's (R) appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show last night will certainly make Democrats happy he won the primary.

Essentially, Paul believes that private businesses should be allowed to discriminate on race and he tied himself up in knots trying to defend his position.

Said Paul: "If you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant even though the owner of the restaurant says 'well no, we don't want to have guns in here' the bar says 'we don't want to have guns in here because people might drink and start fighting and shoot each-other.' Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant?"

Ben Smith notes he did the same in a NPR interview yesterday.

Joe Scarborough: "He needs to come up with an answer today, or Kentucky will be Arizona: a battleground for ugly, racial politics. He has 24 hours."


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