Beshear criticizes Paul's comments, 'radical' philosophy

05/24/2010 02:50 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) FRANKFORT —  Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday said Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul’s comments to the media about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are of “great concern” and that his libertarian views are “radical.”

“I think Kentuckians of all political persuasion need to really look closely at who Rand Paul is and what he stands for,” Beshear said.  “Because many of us don’t know at this point.”

Beshear, who noted that Paul calls himself a libertarian, called the libertarian philosophy a “radical” one in the United States.

“A lot of us are for limited government … ,” Beshear said. “But there are things in my mind government does well and should help our people with.”

His comments were in sharp contrast to Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, who said Monday that Paul’s candor and “libertarian tendencies” would be assets in attracting votes from Kentucky Republicans, independents and conservative Democrats.

The governor also cited Paul’s views on the oil spill, among the candidate’s views for civil rights, as concerning. But mainly, Beshear was surprised such views are still held.

“This was settled 50 years ago,” Beshear said.

—Kenny Colston with video produced by Don Weber

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