Rand Paul: Running away from his past

Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul, the shoot-from-the-lip embarrassment for the GOP, decided the heat was too great from recent off-the-wall comments and skipped a scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Paul joined black activist Louis Farrakham and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the guests WHO pulled out of an appearance on the top rated Sunday morning news show.

After upsetting the GOP establishment with his win in the GOP Senatorial primary last week, Paul stuck his foot in his mouth and swallowed it with a serious of political statements ranging from supporting a restaurant’s right to discriminate against minorities and gays to calling the giant oil spill in the Gulf to just an “accident that happens.”

Paul’s misstatements has brought many of his extreme libertarian positions into public debate and the inexperienced candidate has decided to try and avoid future embarrassments.

“Rand did ‘Good Morning America,’ set the record straight, and now we’re done talking about it,” Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said in a statement. “No more national interviews on the topic.”

Paul may be “done talking about it,” but the topic still dominated “Meet the Press” and other talk shows.

David Gregory, host of the show, said Paul found the national spotlight “a little too hot” over the past week.

On Fox News Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said “Rand Paul’s philosophy got in the way of reality.”

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  1. Little more than six months before the elections and all the media wants to talk about is Paul’s philosophical opposition to one small section of a 46 year old law – a law that he already said he would have voted for any way.

    This has nothing to do with any thing happening today.

    This reminds me of the 2008 campaign when Ron Paul was widely criticized for comments made concerning the Civil War, only to have his position on the matter verified by the writings of Abraham Lincoln himself. Of course the media never covered that part of the story.

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