Rand Paul: President Obama's criticism of BP 'sounds really un-American'

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) said Friday that President Barack Obama'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