In the Maddow interview -- and in a separate interview on NPR as well as an interview earlier this year with a Kentucky newspaper -- Paul explained his libertarian views in terms of how the relate to the '64 law. He is in favor of removing federal regulation of private business in virtually every case, and the law banning private institutions from discrimination on the basis of race is no exception. Paul says the ban has "free speech" problems.
Smith reports he told Ingraham that liberals are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.
"The problem with Rachel and most people from the left is they want to make this an issue about you supporting abhorrent practices which I don't support," he said.