By Frank James
Betsy Fischer, executive producer of NBC News' Meet The Press, tweeted Friday afternoon that Dr. Rand Paul has apparently backed out of a scheduled appearance on the venerable Sunday morning talk show.
Friday drama here @DrRandPaul having a tough week. Now trying to cancel big #MTP interview for Sunday that he committed to on Wednesday. #ky
Of course, a lot has happened since Wednesday. Paul triggered a firestorm after his appearance Wednesday on the Rachel Maddow Show in which he defended his controversial view that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shouldn't have applied to the private businesses.
Paul, who won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky, has been trying to deal with the fallout from those comments ever since.
Greg Sargent who writes the Plum Line blog for the Washington Post reported the following after talking with Fischer:
Asked what reason the Paul camp gave for canceling, Fischer says the Meet crew was told "that he's had a long week, he's tired, and he's very sorry and he needs to cancel."
"We tried to impress upon them that this is a big deal," Fischer continues. "The only other two people to cancel have been Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia."
"Obviously they've had a tough week -- we all know that," Fischer says of the Paul camp. "I hope he'll reconsider and keep his commitment."