Ron Paul: Controversy Around Rand ‘Contrived’ And ‘The Left Has To Knock Him Down’

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May 20, 2010 2:57 p.m.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has come to the defense of his son, Senate candidate Rand Paul (R-KY), who has come under fire for his statements in opposition to portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“I think it’s contrived because he’s done so well and the left has to knock him down,” said the elder Paul, CQ reports.

Asked whether Rand could “recover” from his comments — from which he has backtracked, now saying he supports laws against discrimination — Ron Paul responded strongly. “What does he have to recover from?” said Ron Paul. “Go to Kentucky and talk to the people. He’s just had a referendum; gets 59 percent of the vote and you are talking about recovering? That’s an insult.”

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