ABC News
May 21, 2010

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Kentucky GOP senatorial candidate Rand Paul’s philosophical discussions about whether the federal government had any right to tell private businesses not to discriminate on the basis of race were criticized by the White House Thursday.

Paul told the Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal that he liked the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it ended discrimination in the public domain, but “I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners – I abhor racism, I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anyone from your restaurant – but at the same time I do believe in private ownership.”

Asked about those comments today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that “I think the issues that, that many fought for in the ‘50s and the ‘60s were settled a long time ago in landmark legislation and the discussion about whether or not to support those, I don’t think, shouldn’t have a place in our political dialogue in 2010.”

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