Kentucky Senate candidate Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R) said Friday that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE's criticism of oil giant BP "sounds un-American."

The president has publicly pressured executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton, the three companies liable for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to take responsibility for their share of the damages.

But Paul, who is a libertarian-minded Republican, said that Obama's comments have crossed a line.

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"What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,'" he said on ABC's "Good Morning America" program. "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business."

Paul's comments come a day after he found himself in hot water over his questioning of the legality of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying that government should allow private businesses to discriminate.

The eye doctor won the GOP Senate primary in the Bluegrass State over Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the establishment favorite.

To underscore the scrutiny he has already received, at the top of the show, Paul asked host George Stephanopoulos, "When does my honeymoon start?"

The son of libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said that most environmental and oil regulation is justified, but it is bad to place blame on individual companies. 

At a Rose Garden appearance last week, Obama said that executives from the three companies put on a "ridiculous spectacle" after they cast blame on one another at a congressional hearing on the spill. 

Cross-posted to the Ballot Box