Sen. Paul Tangles With NPR Host Over Racist Accusations Of Former Staffer

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Congress, National Politics, Senate
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CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — NPR radio host John Harwood conducted a tense interview with Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday when he continued to press the Kentucky Republican on a former staffer who has since been dubbed “The Southern Avenger,” by those accusing him of racism.

Paul made clear he had no desire to talk about the former staffer, Jack Hunter.

“He’s no longer on my staff,” Paul said of Hunter. “Many of the things he wrote were stupid and I don’t agree with [it], they weren’t things I was aware of or reasons why I hired him.”

Harwood pressed Paul on the “former shock jock,” but the senator insisted that he “wasn’t aware” of some of the writings and reports made about Hunter, and said he didn’t believe that any of the things he had read or heard were in fact racist.

Paul then pressed Harwood to refocus the interview…

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