The Chairman of the Republican National Committee isn’t comfortable with Rand Paul’s views but he won’t condemn them either.
In an interview with NPR, Paul said that the 1964 Civil Rights Act is flawed and business shouldn’t be forced not to discriminate against minorities.
“It’s a philosophical position held by a lot of libertarians,” explained Steele Sunday. “They have a very, very strong view about the limitations of government intrusion into the private sector. That is a philosophical perspective.”
“Do you condemn that point of view?” asked ABC’s Jake Tapper.
“I can’t condemn a person’s view. That’s like, you know, you believe something and I’m going to say, well, you know, I’m going to condemn your view of it. It’s the people of Kentucky will judge whether or not that’s a view that they would like to send,” said Steele.
“Are you comfortable with that?” pressed Tapper.
“I am not comfortable with a lot of things, but it doesn’t matter what I’m comfortable with and not comfortable with. I don’t vote in that election. The people of Kentucky will. As a national chairman, I’m here to say that our party will move forward in fighting for the civil rights and liberties of the American people, especially minorities in this country, and we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that everyone who’s going to come to the United States Congress or go to state capitals with a Republican label are in that fight with us,” Steele answered.
“It sounds like you’re not comfortable with it,” said Tapper.
“I just said I wasn’t comfortable,” replied Steele.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast May 23, 2010.