Gingrich: Rand Paul should have answered civil rights question by blaming Democrats
Politics Daily's Matt Lewis talks to Newt Gingrich, whose advice for Rand Paul is typical of what other Republicans said last week -- that the candidate's problem is not his stance on the law, but his willingness to talk to "gotcha" reporters.
"Part of the answer for conservatives is don't go on left-wing shows and talk theoretically," said Gingrich. "They're in the business of gotcha. They're not in the business of education. They're in the business of trying to make you look stupid, or trying to weaken you. I did exactly the same thing at times when I first became speaker because I didn't understand what the game was on the left."
Gingrich, like a lot of Republicans, suggests that Paul could have easily flipped the script. "The first thing any libertarian should say about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is that segregation as imposed by Democrats through the state governments was a good example of why libertarians oppose government," he said. "Without the government, under the Democrats, imposing segregation -- without the Democratic sheriff of Birmingham using police dogs on the cover of Newsweek, without the Democratic governor of Arkansas trying to prevent children from going to school, without the Democratic governor of Alabama standing in the door of the schoolhouse, you wouldn't have had to have the federal government bring power to bear against the state governments... you ought to go on offense and first point out to all these nice liberals that it was their party which imposed segregation, it was their party which kept blacks subservient, it was their party that created that mess."
May 28, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
Categories: Conservatives , Newt Gingrich
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