Category: Rand Paul

July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn’t believe the Senate will repeal Obamacare and pass a health care replacement bill anytime soon. Paul offered the sobering update over the weekend during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

When asked if he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has enough votes to pass an Obamacare replacement, Paul said he doesn’t believe McConnell does.

“You know, I don’t think right now he does,” Paul said.

“The real problem we have is that we won four elections on repealing Obamacare but [the Senate GOP’s replacement bill] keeps most of Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies and creates something that Republicans have never been for and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund,” Paul explained. “That’s not a Republican idea to give taxpayer money to a private industry that already makes $15 billion in profit.”

When asked by show host Chris Wallace what course of action Republicans should take should they fail to pass health care reform, Paul suggested they repeal Obamacare and its taxes, regulations and mandates then worry about passing a replacement bill later.

“What I’ve suggested to the president…if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says ‘Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to,’” Paul explained. “And then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.”

“But the one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations and as many of the mandates as we possibly can,” Paul emphasized, noting that he’s optimistic for compromise to come to Senate Republicans.

Paul explained that he can’t currently support the Senate’s health care bill because it keeps the heart of Obamacare alive, which Paul called the bill’s “fundamental flaw.”

“Mandates on insurance cause prices to rise and young, healthy people then say ‘Ill wait until I get sick [to buy insurance].’ And then the insurance pool gets sicker and sicker — it’s called adverse selection, we also call it the ‘death spiral,’” Paul said. “The Republican plan admits that it will continue.”

“The Republican plan doesn’t fix the death spiral of Obamacare, it simply subsidizes it,” Paul explained.

McConnell over the weekend announced that any vote on a health care replacement would be postponed until Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returns to Washington. McCain is recovering at home in Arizona after undergoing surgery on Friday for a blood clot above his left eye.

.@RandPaul: “I don’t think Republicans should put their name on this [bill].” https://t.co/rE5W333VUU pic.twitter.com/OMPNg9e78k

— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 16, 2017

Posted in Fox News, GOP, Health Care, Obamacare, Politics, Rand Paul, Republicans, Senate, watch

July 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have announced they won’t support the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), citing improvements in the latest draft of the bill and the inclusion of a modified version of the Cruz-Lee Consumer Protection Option, has indicated he will vote for the BCRA.

With most of the Senate having already made up its mind on the legislation, conservative Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) remains as one of the few who have yet to weigh in, posting on Twitter on Thursday he’s “withholding judgment” on the newest version of the legislation.

I am withholding judgment and look forward to reading it. 2/2

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 13, 2017

If Lee chooses to join Paul, who has announced he can’t support this version of the legislation because it keeps too much of Obamacare in place, and Collins, who isn’t voting for the BCRA because she believes there are too many cuts to government funding, then the bill will effectively be dead, regardless of whether other Republicans stand.

On Thursday, when the latest draft of the BCRA was released, it appeared to many as though the addition of the modified Cruz-Lee amendment would be enough to sway both Cruz and Lee, but Lee quickly announced that he wasn’t nearly as sold as Cruz.

At issue is the modification made to the amendment, which the Senate leadership added to the bill at the last minute after Cruz reportedly approached them with a compromise. The original version of the amendment supported by Lee would have allowed health insurance companies to sell any policies they want so long as they offered at least one policy that complied with most Obamacare mandates, including the pre-existing conditions clause and community-rating requirement, which now forces insurers to sell people of the same age policies at the same price regardless of health status (with only a few exceptions).

Lee and Cruz believe this amendment would make health insurance significantly more affordable for many people without pre-existing conditions while still ensuring those with pre-existing conditions had at least one option to purchase health insurance.

The newest version of the amendment keeps that basic framework intact, but makes one important revision: Rather than allow insurers to put those purchasing Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans (these people will most likely have pre-existing conditions) and those purchasing every other type of plan, many of which would be cheaper than the Obamacare-compliant plans, in two different risk pools, all plans would have to be placed in the same risk pool.

What this means is that insurance prices across both plan types would have to be increased by the same percentage, if an insurer chooses to increase prices at all. While this might seem like a relatively minor issue; it’s not. If insurers are required to increase prices at the same rate, the cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions will continue to be heavily subsidized by people in the market who have maintained continuous coverage, one of the key reasons health insurance prices have grown so dramatically in recent years. Health insurers would also be forced to apply two totally different models to the same risk pool, which some say would be incredibly difficult and costly to accomplish.

By forcing rates for newer, cheaper plans to increase at the same percentage as Obamacare-compliant plans, insurance companies’ risk would be spread out more evenly amongst consumers of every plan type, allowing people with pre-existing conditions to have access to more affordable plans. However, this model would also make it more likely insurance companies or their competitors would constantly create newer, cheaper plans to lure healthier patients away from their current plans as they become more expensive, creating instability in the system over the long run.

Lee has offered no hints as to what his future decision on the legislation will be, but one thing seems almost certain: The fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act rests in his hands.

Posted in ACA, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Politics, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Ted Cruz

May 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is demanded to know Friday if the Obama administration had surveillance ordered on his campaign not for legal reasons, but out of political motivations. He made the demands after reports that the Obama administration might have surveilled other campaigns in the 2016 presidential election.

Paul tweeted, “We need to know was there a political motivation!” with a link to an interview he had with Breitbart News.

We need to know was there a political motivation! https://t.co/9qjDzrdUKq

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 5, 2017

“We’ve had several people come to us and say that it happened,” he told Breitbart News. “I don’t have access to that information, but I’ve been very concerned that too many Americans’ information is being culled through without a warrant.”

“I don’t have any facts to say it happened. But numerous sources are coming to us saying it did happen so I want to search through, find out why I wasn’t notified,” he added. “Was it on purpose?”

Earlier Friday Paul said that he had requested from the White House and the Senate and House Intelligence Committees information on whether he had been surveilled by the Obama administration.

I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 5, 2017

He also posted the original story from Circa outlining the claim that thousands of Americans had been surveilled in 2016. “Did the Obama admin use warrantless ‘wiretapping’ on other candidates” besides Donald Trump, he asked.

During his final year in office, President Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

Circa is requesting the Trump administration release information that relates to the spike in surveillance during 2016.

Circa has formally requested that the Trump administration declassify records showing how often government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Obama made it easier to do so in 2011.

President Trump had made the claim that his campaign was surveilled by former President Obama during the 2016 election at Trump Tower. Detractors said that if members of his team were surveilled under FISA regulations (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), then that would have meant there was credible evidence of collusion with Russia in order to obtain warrants.

Both accusations are currently being investigated by intelligence committees in the House and in the Senate.

Rand Paul requests info on whether Obama surveilled him

Posted in Barack Obama, Domestic Surveillance, Politics, Rand Paul, Surveillance, Wiretap, wiretapping

April 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) shot back at his fellow Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for demanding that President Trump ask for Congressional approval for the airstrikes he ordered on a Syrian airfield Thursday. He made the comments on CNN Friday to Wolf Blitzer.

Blitzer read Paul’s statement about the airstrike to McCain and asked for his reaction: “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked. The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate. Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.”

“I don’t really react to Senator Paul,” McCain said disdainfully, “we’re just too different, and he doesn’t really have any real influence in the United States Senate.”

Blitzer reminded him that many other Senators agreed with Paul, and McCain said he would talk to them but not address Paul’s statement.

“So you don’t even want to respond to that,” Blitzer tried to ask again.

“Pardon me, I don’t pay any attention frankly, to what Senator Paul says,” McCain reiterated his disdain.

“But tell me why you disagree with him so much,” Blitzer asked.

“Because he’s wrong,” McCain replied.

“Just on this issue or a whole bunch of other issues?” Blitzer responded.

“Every other issue that I know of, that has to do with national security,” McCain answered.

.@SenJohnMcCain on @RandPaul: “He doesn’t have any real influence in the United States Senate.” https://t.co/mc4E9XC6De

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 7, 2017

McCain said that he wasn’t surprised by the attack for several reasons. “I got a call before the launch from Mattis and also from Kelly,” he said, “but when I talked to [President Trump] the morning before, I could tell that he was deeply concerned. Now, to the point where I thought it was entirely possible that he would decide to act on the advice of his national security team.”

Sen. John McCain says he was not surprised when he saw the Syria strike https://t.co/eUo207kn6N

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 7, 2017

McCain also said that if Trump followed his advice to press on against President Bashar al-Assad, that he wouldn’t need Congressional approval for that either.

“He does not,” he said about needing approval from Congress. “President Reagan didn’t need it when after the bombing at a disco in Berlin that killed Americans, striking Libya. But if this is a long term campaign, then I think we oughta examine it.”

“But I’ll tell you the practical problems,” he explained. “The practical problems is, and I’ve dealt with this issue for a long time, and that is, it’s called the War Powers Act, is the president is the commander in chief. And he proposes, Congress disposes, as far as money is concerned. But as far as the actual mechanics of the war are concerned, there’s never been agreement. The War Powers Act has never been challenged in the courts because every president, Republican and Democrat, has been afraid that it was going to be ruled unconstitutional.”

Rand Paul has been an outspoken critic of any military action made without Constitutional approval, a position that not many members of Congress have agreed with publicly.

Rand Paul cautioned President Donald Trump about making war in Syria Thursday evening shortly after it was announced that the Pentagon fired more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian air base. "While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked. The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate," said Paul, who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination against Trump. Earlier Thursday, the senator told Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio he was skeptical about the President's ability to change Syria with new attacks.

Trump ordered the strike on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians many blame on President Bashar al-Assad. Secretary of State Tillerson said there was no doubt that Assad was guilty of the chemical attacks.

Posted in Bashar Assad, Congress, Donald Trump, John McCain, Politics, Rand Paul, Syria, Trump

March 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A long sought after action by Libertarians is one step closer to becoming a reality, as Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KYwhen ) Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 24) is one step closer to being passed by the House.

The bill soared through The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform after it was passed by voice vote with just around 30 minutes of debate. Libertarians and Republicans have been very supportive of such bills in the past, including the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 – a creation of then Texas congressman Ron Paul – which was overwhelmingly passed in the House with a bipartisan vote.

This time, however, the Democrats would have nothing to do with the bill, according to Market Watch.

“This bill would open the floodgates to political interference in monetary-policy making,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat from the District of Columbia.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, said the measure would lead to higher interest rates because it would undermine the market’s confidence in the independence of the central bank.

Massie responded to the Democrats criticism of the bill, saying “It is ironic that the arsonists that caused the financial collapse are now being given credit…for putting out the fire. Almost every macroeconomist concedes in retrospect that [the Fed’s] extended period of easy money led to the financial crisis.”

While Ron Paul’s 2012 bill stalled and died due to Democrat control of both the Senate and the White House, the 2017 bill has no such hurdles in front of it. In fact, Trump has expressed his support for auditing the fed when Kentucky Senator Rand Paul – son of Ron Paul – introduced companion legislation to Massie’s bill in the Senate in the form of S. 16 at the start of the year.

Furthermore, if – and likely when – the bill comes to the Senate, Paul will likely have the support of Democrat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has expressed support for the bill as well, and will likely attempt to sway a number of other Democrats to his side.

Posted in Audit the Fed, Bernie Sanders, Federal Reserve, Libertarian, Politics, Rand Paul, Republican, Ron Paul, Thomas Massie

March 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was still optimistic for the repeal of Obamacare after being one of the foremost critics that helped defeat the GOP replacement bill Friday. He also talked about how he encouraged the Freedom Caucus to defeat the bill by using tips from President Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”

He made the comments to Eric Bolling on Fox News.

“I want to show our audience a little piece of tape from earlier in the week,” Bolling said, “where you actually went to the House Freedom Caucus side, and I guess you were teaching them the ‘Art of the Deal.’”

“I brought you all a gift tonight,” Paul said to the Freedom Caucus. “‘The Art of the Deal.’ I do think it’s important as we go into this that we realize we have enormous power, actually you guys, have enormous power if you stick together. I put up a quote from the Art of the Deal that I thought was appropriate. ‘The worst thing you can possible do in a deal is to seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.’”

“And so,” Bolling asked, “is the lesson to be learned here that don’t accept the first deal, but bring another one?”

“Well, these were Donald Trump’s words,” Paul answered. “Don’t be desperate to make a deal. But at the same time, what I would add to that is that we are open to making a deal and we still are open. Conservatives across the country want to repeal Obamacare.”

“Unfortunately, as the House leadership brought this forward,” he explained, “they brought repeal and replace with Obamacare lite. Nobody ran on that, and no conservative across the land wants it. We could start over with repeal as the basis, and actually some of the ideas, look I love the fact that Speaker brought up the association plans last week.”

Paul also explained what he called, “one of the most unreported stories of the week,” that could push Republicans closer to repeal.

You know I think the Freedom Caucus wants what all conservatives want, and that is a repeal of Obamacare that ultimately lowers the price of insurance for people. If you look at the number one problem of Obamacare, it’s the people in the individual market go out to buy insurance, and the premiums are soaring through the roof, that’s the real problem.

And that’s why what I promoted as the number one replacement is letting people join buying groups. And one of the unreported stories of this week is the House of Representatives actually passed my replacement version or a similar version, for letting people join buying groups, or co-ops to bring prices down.

“What I’m advising Senator McConnell and the leadership is,” he concluded, “that bill should be brought up next week. This is a bill that is a big part of replacement. We should bring it up next week and see how the Democrats respond to that.”

Trump said in remarks from the White House that he was moving on to tax reform and would allow Obamacare to collapse. Rather than reach out to Democrats on a bipartisan basis, he said they would run to him when they saw how former President Obama’s signature bill would continue to implode and hurt Americans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday after the bill was defeated that Democrats were willing to work with the president to fix Obamacare, but only if they gave up on repealing it.

Posted in American Health Care Bill, Obamacare, Obamacare Lite, Obamacare repeal, Politics, Rand Paul, Repeal and Replace, Trump

March 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Mike Lee, the Republican senator from Utah and Tea Party favorite who for years advocated for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, says he will not vote for the American Health Care Act, the legislation proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and backed by President Donald Trump.

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on the bill, but it’s unclear whether Republicans have the votes to get it through the lower chamber.

A number of House Republicans have said they will not support the bill because it amounts to “another entitlement” or “Obamacare Lite.” Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) ripped the legislation in a tweet Monday, saying he couldn’t recall a more “universally detested” bill since first being elected to Congress in 2010.

And Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told TheBlaze last week that GOP leadership realized “they’ve got problems” when it came to garnering the support the Freedom Caucus members, such as himself.

Meanwhile, Trump and members of the House GOP leadership insist they have the votes to advance the legislation.

But the legislation will likely face an uphill battle in the Senate, as well — both from from Tea Party members and more moderate senators.

“I promised the people of Utah I would do everything I can to repeal #Obamacare. The House bill does not do that. I am a no. #FullRepeal,” Lee tweeted.

I promised the people of Utah I would do everything I can to repeal #Obamacare. The House bill does not do that. I am a no. #FullRepeal

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 21, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called the bill “Obamacare Lite,” suggesting he would not support it either. Paul has introduced his own bill in the Senate that would repeal Obamacare but not replace it.

“[After repeal] we can have a separate vote on replacement legislation that will deliver lower costs, better care, and greater access to the American people, Paul said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a moderate Republican from South Carolina, voiced opposition to the current bill. Instead, Graham suggested what he called “collapse and replace.”

“What I would suggest,” Graham told TheBlaze last week, “is if we can’t improve the House bill … that we let this program, designed by Democrats exclusively, voted on by Democrats exclusively, fail, and challenge Democrats to help clean up the mess they created.”

“That’s the only way you’ll get a bipartisan result is collapse and replace,” Graham said.

Posted in American Health Care ACt, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, Rand Paul

March 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Saturday the current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are going smoothly.

“We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!” the president tweeted.

We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2017

The tweet came just two days after Trump delivered a similar message on Twitter, writing on March 9, “Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”

Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2017

Trump’s confidence in Republicans’ current health care reform efforts seems to contradict the numerous reports that have surfaced over the past week suggesting many Republican congressmen and think tanks are staunchly opposed to the House GOP leadership’s proposed Obamacare replacement, the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) called the bill “a stinking pile of garbage” and said he believes the “bill will fail.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said on Thursday on Twitter the “health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast.”

1. House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 9, 2017

Cotton later added, “What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”

3. What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 9, 2017

In an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the AHCA is “Obamacare lite” and would incentivize young, healthy people to stay out of the private health insurance marketplace. Paul also told Cavuto he believes congressmen are “very, very divided” on how to replace the ACA.

The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity, among many other conservative groups, have also said they do not support the AHCA in its current form.

Trump’s claim about the alleged “great progress” being made on health care reform came just a few days after Trump hosted influential conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the White House on Wednesday night. Reports issued by The Hill and Newsmax suggest Trump planned on soliciting Cruz’s help in promoting the AHCA to conservative members of the Senate.

Cruz has reportedly said he has “serious concerns about the House bill as drafted.”

The AHCA sailed through its first two obstacles on Thursday, gaining the approval of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee along party-lines.

The legislation’s next hurdle will be the House Budget Committee. If it passes there, it will then be considered by the full Congress.

Posted in Donald Trump, FreedomWorks, Heritage Foundation, Obamacare, Obamacare Lite, Obamacare repeal, Politics, President Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Tea Party, Ted Cruz, Thomas Massie

March 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has lead the fight against lukewarm attempts at an Obamacare repeal, and after the GOP submitted a bill that Paul labeled “Obamacare Lite,” and as promised the Kentucky senator has introduced his own bill according to The Hill.

The bill itself is very similar to the same Obamacare repeal bill Republicans voted on unanimously in 2015. Paul argues that when it comes to repealing, the GOP is a unified front, but it’s how to go about with the replacement that they are divided on. His plan is to keep the promise made to voters now, and then tackle replacement.

“[After repeal] we can have a separate vote on replacement legislation that will deliver lower costs, better care, and greater access to the American people,” he said.

The bill is a much cleaner cut of Obamacare than the GOP’s, which plans to replace as it repeals.

The bill includes a staggered repeal of ObamaCare taxes, including a repeal of the Medical Device Tax in 2018 and the Cadillac Tax in 2020.

The legislation would also eliminate eligibility for ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion as of 2020 as well as the higher federal matching rate included in the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has reportedly introduced the same legislation into the House, as both he and Paul said they would on Tuesday after stating that the GOP version of the bill “will not pass.” 

Turbulence is expected for Paul and Jordan’s bill as moderate Republicans have said they will vote against bill’s that threaten Medicaid expansion in their states. This has been a contentious issue for Paul in the past, as when initial meetings were occurring for the replacement bill, Paul walked out of a meeting in frustration for this very reason.

 

Posted in GOP, Jim Jordan, Obamacare Lite, Obamacare repeal, Politics, Rand Paul

March 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The introduction of the GOP’s new healthcare bill has raised some definite ire among Republicans and Libertarians alike. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is one such politician who has now seen the bill and expressed his extreme dislike of it, calling the GOP plan “Obamacare Lite.”

According to The Hill, Paul is not letting Obamacare Lite happen without a fight, and he has allies. The libertarian leaning senator is teaming up with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to release their own bill to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, and it’s highly similar to the one that Republicans voted for unanimously in 2015.

“We voted on this last year, and every Republican voted for it,” Paul said at a press conference alongside his House conservative colleagues. “That’s what we should do again.”

“You have to get rid of ObamaCare completely,” Jordan added.

Paul stated in an interview earlier today that this GOP bill “will not pass,” and that “conservatives aren’t gonna to take it.” However Paul and Jordan face an uphill struggle as GOP leadership, including that of President Donald Trump, seem to believe the bill to be a solid plan.

“We’re going to do something that’s great. And I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives,” Trump said of the bill. “It follows the guidelines I laid out in my congressional address. This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor and this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is. This is the plan.”

However, he believes that if there is one thing that will unite Republicans, it’s the repeal of Obamacare.

“There’s one thing that has united Republicans in when we won the House, in 2014 when we won the Senate, and in 2016 when we won the White House. This doesn’t divide Republicans, this brings us together, and that is complete repeal, clean repeal,” Paul said.

 

Posted in Donald Trump, Jim Jordan, Obamacare, Obamacare Lite, Politics, Rand Paul

March 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) has had something of a tumultuous history with the Republicans attempts at repealing and replacing Obamacare, and now that he’s gotten his hands on it, it would appear that the new GOP healthcare plan – the full text of which you can read here – is not going to make the relationship with the Libertarian leaning senator any easier.

Upon seeing the bill, Paul took to Twitter to voice his – not at all surprised – displeasure about what the bill does. After seeing the guts of the GOP plan, the Kentucky senator has taken to calling the bill “Obamacare Lite.”

The House leadership Obamacare Lite plan has many problems. We should be stopping mandates, taxes and entitlements not keeping them.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

House Obamacare Lite plan keeps Obamacare taxes for another year

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

It keeps Obamacare subsidies but renames them “refundable credits.”

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

Their plan keeps the Obamacare “Cadillac Tax” forever, which is a tax on the best health insurance.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

It keeps individual mandate but makes you pay the insurance companies instead of the government

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

And it keeps insurance company subsidies forever.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017

The punchline here is that the GOP isn’t really getting rid of Obamacare, it’s just retooling it a bit and slapping a new sticker on it. Justin Amash sums it all up nicely.

New plan does not repeal/replace; it repackages Obamacare. It’s a political plan that signals retreat and will not reduce health care costs.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 7, 2017

Paul’s history of struggle against the GOP’s Obamacare Lite bill is a storied one, including him predicting the fact that this bill would be a softer version of Obamacare when they refused to let him see the bill last Thursday. Before that, Paul had walked out of a meeting on how to handle the Obamacare replacement process in frustration when Republicans kept insisting on keeping entitlements.

 

Posted in Obamacare, Obamacare Lite, Politics, Rand Paul, Republican

March 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expressed his disapproval for the idea that the United States needs to engage any further in the habit of nation building during a foreign relations committee hearing on Tuesday.

Discussing the future of America’s “stabilization” efforts in Iraq with Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress Hardin Lang, Paul questioned our need to continue spending money in Iraq any longer. Lang was discussing ideas for short term projects, but Paul was wondering if Lang had a different definition of “short term” than he did.

Having been there ten years, so we’ve given quite a bit aid. It’s hard to argue that a little bit of short term assistance is not on top of a trillion dollars worth of nation building, both military and non-military,” said Paul. “We’ve spent a lot of money over there.”

“They’re not a destitute country,” added Paul. “They have oil, and by golly they aught to rebuild their own country. We can be of some help stabilizing things, but it isn’t our responsibility to rebuild everybody’s country.”

Paul pointed out that the U.S. itself is in $20 trillion worth of debt, and that it’s about time to stop bridge building everywhere but in our own country.

“Look, I’ve got a bridge that’s 50 years old in my state I’d like to replace,” said Paul. “We’ve built and bombed so many bridges around the world we don’t have any money left for ourselves.”

America’s financial investments in other nations dwarfs spending on its own shores in many situations. In fact, NextCity.org pointed out in 2013 just how much money flows to other countries from the U.S. vs a city like Detroit. The difference range from $20 million more, to billions.

If much of this money used to improve nations overseas were used here, the differences would likely be astronomical.

Posted in foreign aid, Government, Iraq, Rand Paul

February 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

During a Sunday appearance on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took a stand against the state and federal practice of civil asset forfeiture. Asset forfeiture is a way for law enforcement to confiscate property without trial purely off of suspicion that your property is being used for criminal activity.

During his discussion about the practice, Paul referenced the comments President Donald Trump made to a sheriff about destroying the career of a Texas lawmaker who was introducing bills to restrict asset forfeiture. Paul believes that a discussion with Trump is necessary to bring him around.

“There was a discussion the other day in the White House about civil asset forfeiture. I think civil asset forfeiture is a terrible idea until you’ve convicted someone, and I’d like to have that discussion with the president,” said Paul.

Trump’s recently appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions has a record of supporting asset forfeiture to the point of wishing it go unhampered. Paul says that he has discussed the subject with Sessions, and explained that asset forfeiture is a practice that primarily targets and hurts the poor, who primarily deal in cash. Doing so, says Paul, does not automatically make them criminals.

“I’ve had that discussion with Senator Sessions,” he said, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sworn in last week, “and I think some of the things we’ve done particularly to poor people—poor people in our country deal in cash more than wealthier people, and more than people who have their life better planned out who might deal with money in a different way.

“They have cash, and they walk around—doesn’t make them automatically guilty of a crime because they deal in cash, and so I think in order to take someone’s money from them, the government ought to prove that it was ill gotten,” Paul said, adding that the other side of that argument is “if someone’s caught with 50 kilos of some kind of drug and then there’s $50,000 in cash sitting there that somehow the people that are caught are going to get it back. That never happens.

Paul has been something of an ally of Trump’s since he has taken office, agreeing with the president’s opinions and actions most of the time. However, Paul has stated in the past that he expected he and Trump will butt heads on some subjects. One of those subjects has been entitlements, where Paul took a bold stance in saying that then President-elect Trump’s disinterest in tackling entitlements does not make him a fiscal conservative. It appears asset forfeiture will also be on that list as well.

That is, unless Paul can convince the president otherwise. Doing so, however, may be difficult given Trump’s hard stances on fighting crime. Regardless, Paul believes that this method of crime fighting is a dangerous one that allows the government to reach too far.

“There’s a real danger, and there have been instances of up and down the country of little towns on the side of highways just pulling over everybody and just taking their money, almost like some sort of Robin Hood kind of scheme, so I do worry about that, and I will continue to stand up for what I feel is right no matter no matter whether it’s a Republican or Democrat in office,” Paul said.

Posted in asset forfeiture, Crime, Donald Trump, Rand Paul

February 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The time has arrived for Republicans to keep their six year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, but with so much disagreement on the particulars, they’re making little headway.

According to Politico, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) weighed many of their ideas, but wasn’t having it.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) left before it was over, having heard enough of a conversation that he says centers around keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits that he called a “new entitlement program,” though a Republican in the room rebutted the notion that the topic of Medicaid expansion came up in the Tuesday meeting with Ryan.

“I hear things that are unacceptable to me,” Paul said in an interview afterward. “If they don’t seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they’re going to be shocked when they count the votes.”

Paul has been on the front lines of coming up with a repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act, saying that the Republicans should essentially blitzkrieg Obamacare and replace it immediately. President Donald Trump, who has been somewhat nebulous about  how to tackle the problem of Obamacare specifically has communicated with Paul specifically, and agrees with Paul’s plan on how to go about doing it.

Paul has been vocally adamant about his resistance to any Republican budgets that increase the debt and expand entitlements, as he demonstrated by giving a 20 minute presentation on the senate floor when Republicans submitted their “vehicle for repealing Obamacare” budget that would add $10 trillion to the debt.

With things staying the same despite the changes in power, it’s little surprise that Paul was willing to leave.

 

Posted in Obamacare repeal, Politics, Rand Paul

February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

On the “Kilmeade and Friends” radio show, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) told the hosts that launching an investigation into former White House security adviser Michael Flynn would be a waste of time.

“I think that might be excessive,” said Paul. “It looks like the President has handled the situation, and unless there’s some kind of other evidence of malfeasance, this sounds like something that was internal White House politics and it looks like the President’s handled it.”

Flynn resigned just hours after it was revealed that he had not been forthcoming about his communications with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Since then, there have been calls by GOP officials Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). and Texas Sen. John Cornyn to have Flynn investigated to find out more about what he told the Russian ambassador.

Paul, however, believes that such an investigation would get in the way of the GOP accomplishing greater things.

“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense,” he continued.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has stated that he has no plans to investigate Flynn, but will instead let the House Intelligence Committee handle any inquiries into Flynn as they are already investigating the Russian hacks.

Posted in Jason Chaffetz, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Politics, Rand Paul

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

With the issue of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order halting immigration from certain Muslim majority countries being a highly contentious issue, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to offer a bit of insight for both sides.

The first task is for people to recognize that there is an actual problem with immigrants either overstaying their welcome, or worse.

“The problem is pretty clear that about 40 percent of people who come visit our country on a visa overstay their visa, and we have no idea where they are,” said Paul, who also discussed how the 9/11 terrorists were legal immigrants who had stayed in the country beyond their visa’s allowance.

So I think there is a problem, and we have to get together and figure out how to solve this problem,” continued Paul. “But I think many are just looking at the solutions, saying they don’t like the solution, but they’re not admitting there’s a problem.”

When asked if he agrees with Trump’s actions, Paul had this to say.

“I think you have to pause the system from areas of high risk for terrorism, until you can improve the system,” he said. “Overall, do I believe exchange with other cultures is good, people going back and forth is good, trade is good? Yes. All of these things are good, but I think you have to make sure the system is working.”

.@RandPaul: 40% of people who come to visit our country on a visa overstay their visa https://t.co/vOgUi8OMVR

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 31, 2017

 

 

Posted in Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, Rand Paul

January 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) is none too pleased about our mounting federal debt equaling up to nearly $20 trillion. Taking the stance that any other kind of entity would not reward its failures with more money, Buchanan is taking measures to see to it that congressional members do not reward themselves for coming up short.
So Buchanan introduced the No Pay Raise for Congress Act, which essentially would ban lawmakers from giving themselves more money if they fail to balance the budget that fiscal year.
“Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job,” Buchanan said in a press release sent to TheBlaze. “This same common sense must be used in Washington. Members of Congress should not be eligible for pay raises if they cannot fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities.”
The Congressman called Washington’s failure to rein in the growing debt “downright immoral” as millions of American families are forced to make tough financial decisions each day. Buchanan also noted that the U.S. has joined a short list of industrialized nations – along with Greece and Iceland – whose debt exceeds its total economic output.
“Forty-nine states, including Florida, are required by law to balance the budget,” Buchanan continued. “In Florida, passing a balanced budget is priority number one for the state legislature. Washington should not be held to a different standard.”
Among those also pushing for a balanced budget is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who has said he plans on offering up his own budget that will balance the budget, unlike the current Republican budget that ads nearly $10 trillion in debt.

Posted in Balanced Budget, Budget, Congress, Politics, Rand Paul, Vern Buchanan

January 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Responding to a desire by many Republicans to have a plan in place to replace Obamacare immediately after its repeal, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul revealed his vision for what that might look like with The Obamacare Replacement Act (S. 222).

Paul discussed the details of his plan Sunday on CNN’s  “State of the Union” and noted his intention to “legalize the sale of individual insurance” within the framework of the plan.

“One of the key reforms that we will do is, we’re going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” he said. “That means getting rid of the Obamacare mandates on what you can buy. We are going to help people save through health savings accounts, as well as a tax credit.”

According to CNN, the bargaining power allowed to the state and federal exchanges under Obamacare would be replaced under Paul’s plan with a provision allowing “individuals and associations like small businesses to create their own markets.”

“There’s no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn’t be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down,” Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

The Hill notes that Paul’s plan also offers a tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to use toward the establishment of a Health Savings Account, and would do away with Obamacare’s mandate requiring health insurance coverage. Paul also seeks to abolish the the minimum standards required for insurance coverage, something Republicans agree would allow for cheaper, though less comprehensive, plans.

The replacement of Obamacare has become something of a mystery, with Democrats arguing that the GOP is behind the curve in finding something suitable to fill the void. Republicans have floated the idea they may try to “repeal and delay,” which is to say they may repeal and then spend succeeding months drafting new legislation, drawing criticism from Democrats. The repeal of Obamacare, however, is a much simpler prospect.

Much of that can be handled during the reconciliation process, whereby Republicans in the Senate using a 51 vote majority can sidestep the filibuster on parts of the legislation that relate to the budget, such as any that are expenditures or are implemented as taxes. But some provisions — such as the expanded Medicaid program many states accepted as part of Obamacare — would have to be addressed through new legislation or through executive orders that role back enforcement of those provisions.

Paul did not have an immediate answer for what might happen to those provisions of Obamacare that fall outside of the budgetary rubric, such as Medicaid expansion.

“That’s the big question,” Paul told CNN. “And I don’t think that’s going to be in the replacement aspect.”

Posted in Government, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Rand Paul, Repeal and Replace

January 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) doesn’t seem to think America is not that nice of a place when it comes to those who are poor and needy. During Dr. Tom Price’s (R-GA) congressional hearing, Sanders threw a very pointed question at Price revolving around how the U.S. government is the only first-world country that does not make healthcare a right.

“The United States of America is the only country on Earth that does not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right,” said Sanders. “Canada does it. Every major country in Europe does it. Do you believe that healthcare is a right of all Americans whether they’re rich or they’re poor? Should people, because they are Americans, be able to go to the doctor when they need to? Be able to go into a hospital because they are Americans?”

“We are a compassionate society,” began Price in response, but was quickly cut off by Sanders.

“No, we are not a compassionate society!” Sanders quickly cut in, before going on about our childhood poverty rate and seniors not having a government safety net. Sanders asked his question again, only to receive an answer from Price that basically told Sanders that the good doctor was not going to engage in socialism when it came to healthcare.

Later on it was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky’s turn. As many know, Paul is not only a staunch advocate of capitalism, and a great enemy to socialism, but he’s also a physician with a lot of experience with our healthcare system.

So of course, Paul was not going to take Sanders’ comments lying down.

“It’s also been insinuated that America is this horrible, rotten place. You know, that we don’t have compassion, and I guess my extension the physicians don’t,” began Paul. “As you worked as an emergency room physician, or as you worked as a physician, did you always agree as part of your engagement with the hospital to treat all comers regardless of whether they had an ability to pay?”

Price affirmed Paul’s question, and said that it was something he and his practice took pride in whether it was public or private.

But Paul wasn’t at all done.

The senator from Kentucky went on to bash those — in particular Sanders — who call America a horrible place for its people, yet extol the virtues of socialism, which has left countries with high recourses like Venezuela in poverty stricken shambles.

To put the final nail in the coffin for Sanders’ argument, Paul discussed just how charitable and giving the American people are.

“One of the things that’s extraordinary about our country is that just two years ago, in 2014, we gave away $400 billion privately. Not the government. Individually,” said Paul.

“We’re an incredibly compassionate society,” he finished.

Posted in Bernie Sanders, Capitalism, healthcare, Politics, Rand Paul, Socialism, Tom Price

January 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Neither Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, or Mike Lee of Utah have been fans of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy during his eight years in office. Obama has often had a habit of sidestepping congress and issuing executive orders to to take military actions overseas.

So both senators decided to get proactive, and advise President-elect Donald Trump ahead of time via a letter to follow the prescribed methods of taking military action as outlined by the Constitution of the United States.

While members of Congress have disagreements on many domestic and foreign policies, we all agree that the most fundamental duty of the federal government is to protect the safety, security, and freedoms of the American people. The constitutional powers to carry out this duty are shared between the President and Congress so that our military and diplomatic policies are informed by a long-term vision of American interests – forged through the kind of open debate and patient deliberation that is the province of Congress – while remaining flexible enough to respond to threats as they appear.

Paul and Lee go on to outline that any further action that occurs in the Middle East and North Africa should only occur with the approval of Congress, as the Constitution outlines. This includes the creation of no fly, no drive, and humanitarian zones that would utilize elements of the U.S. military in any way in order to execute the action.

The senators also made it clear that they are not saying that the U.S. should ignore or condone the events happening in places like the Middle-East, but that actions pertaining to them should only occur after much debate and deliberation from congress. Unlike his predecessor, Trump should not appoint himself a one man decision maker about how our military should act, and instead rely on the consensus and permission of Congress.

The complexity of the security questions we face as a nation calls for robust debate, prudence and cooperation. The challenges are too great and the risks too high to simply defer to yesterday’s status quo. Now is the time for bold leadership and sober judgment. You have the opportunity at the beginning of your presidency to help recommit the Executive Branch to preserving this constitutional balance that has always defined our government at its best, and we stand ready to work with your administration toward that end.

Read the entire letter here.

Paul himself has been very vocal about his thoughts about how the incoming administration should handle foreign policy. At some points, he even lead media campaigns against some of Trump’s picks for secretary of state, especially John Bolton, calling him “a menace.” However, he seems to be relatively pleased with the president-elect’s final pick for the position, Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson, after Tillerson acknowledged that the Iraq war was a mistake.

Posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Mike Lee, Politics, Rand Paul

January 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul decided to weigh in on the feud between Georgia Rep. John Lewis, and President-elect Donald Trump.

It started when Lewis questioned Trump’s legitimacy as president due to the Russian hacking, causing Trump to return fire as he tends to on Twitter, saying he should “spend more time helping and fixing his district, and calling Lewis “all talk” and “no action.”

This caused many to speak out against Trump, taking issue with the way the President-elect addressed Lewis, especially on Martin Luther King day. Lewis has a history of civil rights advocacy during the civil rights era in the 1960’s, having been one of those beating on 1965’s “Bloody Sunday” protests. Some of those who rose to defend Lewis weren’t just leftist however, as the Washington Post listed tweets from well known Republicans.

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) said he disagreed with calling the election illegitimate but said Lewis “deserves all of our respect. He’s earned it.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) riffed on Trump’s tweets in defending Lewis: “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world.”

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) replied to one of Trump’s tweets about Lewis with: “Dude, just stop.”

While Paul stated that he has great respect for that, he won’t let Lewis’s history stop him from making legitimate criticisms as to his policies, and principles.

“John Lewis isn’t in a position where there can’t be a healthy debate. Because he’s a civil rights icon, shouldn’t make him immune,” Paul told Tapper.

“John Lewis is a partisan,” continued Paul later. “I have a great deal of respect for him, but he’s a partisan, and I disagree with him on issues. I should be able to honestly disagree with him, and not have it all come back to I have no appreciation for civil rights icon because of this. I think that’s the part that’s sometimes unfair in this.”

Posted in Donald Trump, John Lewis, Politics, Rand Paul

January 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Unverified information featured in an intelligence dossier that was leaked to the press made the rounds in the news cycle, mainly in the form of Buzzfeed who released the documents in full with few redactions, and many highlights. The claims made in the dossier were denounced by Trump, who now says he believes it was a cyberattack by Russia.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, however, believes that if anyone is handing out sensitive information about important public figures, then they should see jail time.

“Really, this is so important that I think whoever leaked it should be prosecuted. Someone should go to jail,” Paul told Cavuto. “If this was an intelligence agency head that talked to the media they should go to jail. If this was part of the Obama administration, they should go to jail.”

“The reason is, you don’t want your public figures succumbing to blackmail,” continued Paul. “Now he’s saying the information is false, and I have to rely on his word on that, but the thing is, let’s say that any public official is being blackmailed. What do they tell you to do? You’re supposed to go to the FBI and give them the information.”

“But if you can’t trust the FBI to keep it secret, and the FBI is going to tell the press what they’re blackmailing you about, what will happen is it will lead to a situation where public figures may be more liable to be extorted or be blackmailed. So this is a very serious thing,” said Paul.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Posted in Donald Trump, FBI, Politics, Rand Paul, Russia

January 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Unverified information featured in an intelligence dossier that was leaked to the press made the rounds in the news cycle, mainly in the form of Buzzfeed who released the documents in full with few redactions, and many highlights. The claims made in the dossier were denounced by Trump, who now says he believes it was a cyberattack by Russia.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, however, believes that if anyone is handing out sensitive information about important public figures, then they should see jail time.

“Really, this is so important that I think whoever leaked it should be prosecuted. Someone should go to jail,” Paul told Cavuto. “If this was an intelligence agency head that talked to the media they should go to jail. If this was part of the Obama administration, they should go to jail.”

“The reason is, you don’t want your public figures succumbing to blackmail,” continued Paul. “Now he’s saying the information is false, and I have to rely on his word on that, but the thing is, let’s say that any public official is being blackmailed. What do they tell you to do? You’re supposed to go to the FBI and give them the information.”

“But if you can’t trust the FBI to keep it secret, and the FBI is going to tell the press what they’re blackmailing you about, what will happen is it will lead to a situation where public figures may be more liable to be extorted or be blackmailed. So this is a very serious thing,” said Paul.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Posted in Donald Trump, FBI, Politics, Rand Paul, Russia

January 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Earlier this month, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took to the floor to give a blistering message about the Republican’s latest budget plan that wouldn’t balance, but would in fact add nearly $10 trillion to our already mounting debt.

The 20 minute presentation he gave detailed how Republicans put forth the budget, not as a budget, but as the “vehicle to repeal Obamacare.” Paul was not having this, and with some visual aids, showed his fellow Republicans the mistake they were making.

The speech itself was popular, especially among libertarian and conservative groups, but few people have time to watch a 20 minute speech. So Paul decided to make a shorter, more concise version in a new YouTube video. During it, he highlights the important points of his 20 minute speech, including the fact that he’s willing to scrap the budget that will ad $9.7 trillion to our debt, and offer one that will actually work.

“We are in such a hurry to repeal Obamacare,” says Paul. “Look, I’m all for it. As a physician, nobody thinks that Obamacare has been worse for the country. Nobody thinks it’s a worse piece of legislation than I do. And yet, do we have to add nearly $10 trillion in debt to get at it.

“So as this moves forward, I will offer a replacement,” said Paul. “I will offer my own budget. I will offer to strike and remove $10 trillion worth of debt, and I will offer my own budget that balances within five years.”

Paul’s plan to balance the budget is simple, and all he plans to do is freeze spending on the budget. He says doing so will cause the budget to balance itself out in just over five years.

Paul has stated in the past that he will not vote for a budget that does not balance out.

Posted in Balanced Budget, Politics, Rand Paul

January 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul boasted on Twitter late Friday that President-elect Donald Trump “fully” supports his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it in the same day.

“I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it,” Paul tweeted. “The time to act is now.”

I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 7, 2017

Paul’s announcement is extremely welcoming for a number of Republican senators who were becoming increasingly worried that the Republican-controlled Congress would attempt to repeal Obamacare without replacing it with a suitable solution in an appropriate timeframe.

Paul alleged in an op-ed earlier this week that if Republicans repeal Obamacare without simultaneously replacing it, they too will assume responsibility for the law’s failure.

“If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come,” Paul wrote.

And according to Politico, Paul warned on MSNBC “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that if Congress repeals Obamacare without replacing it, then insurance companies could go bankrupt and require a bailout from Congress.

Fellow Sens. Tom Cottom (Ark.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) have also said they want Obamacare to be repealed and replaced simultaneously.

Repealing Obamacare is a top priority for Trump and congressional Republicans. Vice President-elect Mike Pence has said that he wants a legitimate repeal and replace plan from congressional Republicans on Trump’s desk by Feb. 20.

Posted in Donald Trump, Obamacare, Politics, Rand Paul, Twitter

January 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been very clear about his inability to vote for a Republican budget that won’t balance out our out of control spending. Just last month, he stated that he would outright refuse to vote for the upcoming budget that ads nearly $10 trillion to our debt, and at a $1 million a minute, it’s very understandable that the libertarian leaning Republican would put his foot down on the brake as hard as possible.

And to reaffirm this, Paul took to the floor on Wednesday and absolutely demolished the budget that Republicans are calling the “vehicle to repeal Obamacare.” While the name makes it sound like something Republicans would be foolish not to vote on, Paul isn’t having it, and let his colleagues know it in a 20 minute speech.

“The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same,” began Paul. “Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority? To pass a budget that never balances. To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion of new debt over ten years.”

“Is that really what we campaigned on?” asked Paul. “Is that really what the Republican party represents? Our first order of business will be a budget that never balances!”

“Is it all smoke and mirrors?” continued Paul. “Is there really a difference? Are Republicans different from Democrats? It’s a pretty important question.”

After comparing this increase in debt to former Democratic plans that brought us further into nation destroying debt, Paul offered a solution that would actually bring it under control for the first time in years.

“As this moves forward, I will offer a replacement,” said Paul. “I will offer my own budget. I will offer to strike and remove $10 trillion worth of debt, and I will offer my own budget that balances within five years.”

Paul goes on to explain his plan involves freezing spending, and should other parts of government need increased spending, then they should take them from others. In fact, Paul offers that certain government departments that you could eliminate and you’d never know they were gone, such as the Department of Commerce.

“I remember a time when it was the moderates who were for freezing spending, and the real conservatives were cutting spending,” said Paul. “Now nobody’s for cutting spending!”

Paul also once again aimed his proverbial guns at entitlements. Having before said that if one is not willing to take on our dangerously large entitlement spending, “I just don’t think you’re a fiscal conservative.”

“It is inexcusable that we’re not talking about how we fix Medicare,” said Paul. “It is inexcusable that we’re not talking about how we fix social security! If you don’t fix them, there’s going to be a cliff. Within about a decade, the cliff is so severe that everyone on social security will suffer a 20 percent decline in their monthly check.”

Paul goes on with blistering commentary about Republicans going along with building debt, and once again making it clear that he will not participate in this $9.7 trillion addition to it.

Watch the entirety of the video here:

Posted in Balanced Budget, National Debt, Politics, Rand Paul

January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

“Congress will, as its first course of action, vote to repeal Obamacare. It cannot happen soon enough,” writes Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in an article at Rare.

The libertarian leaning senator has been in the media quite a bit lately talking about what’s going to happen in the first few weeks of the Trump administration. To say the least, he’s been itching t0 replace some of the policies and executive orders the Obama administration has hoisted upon America. This definitely includes the Affordable Care Act.

Paul already has some ideas on how to replace Obamacare, and his suggesting is “perhaps we should try freedom.”

1.  The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates.

2.  The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account.

3. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines.

4.  The freedom for all individuals to join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool.

In short: Let the free market work.

As gung-ho as Paul is to replace Obamacare, he believes it should be replaced as quickly as possible, much in the way of the Indiana Jones pouch swap.

If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come.

Interestingly enough, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said something similar, but with more ire directed toward Republicans than anything. During a Democratic conference call, Pelosi said that if Republicans break Obamacare, they own it. Paul is giving a homogenous warning, saying that if the GOP doesn’t swap out a working model with the problems left behind by the Democrats, they run the risk of having the blame put on them by the public, despite it not being their creation.

As unfair as many would view this, Paul is correct.

“Don’t misunderstand me,” continues Paul in his article. “We should repeal Obamacare, but partial repeal will only accelerate the current chaos and may eventually lead to calls for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies.”

“Obamacare required the brute force of government through the individual mandate to make people buy insurance,” writes Paul. “If you repeal this mandate but leave in place dictates as to whom may purchase insurance,  you create a business model doomed to fail.”

 

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Politics, Rand Paul

December 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Sitting down with FreedomWorks’ Jason Pye, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) was discussing future congressional actions to be taken once President-elect Donald Trump assumes office. One of the things he’s looking forward to tackling is the budget, and finally balancing it out.

However, Paul believes he will be running into opposition. Not just from the left, but from Republicans as well. The right also has a bad habit of spending more than we should. As an example, Pye mentioned the era of President George W. Bush, and how we blew threw budget deficits every year.

“It’s largely why I chose to run for office,” responded Paul. “The Bush administration went from $5 trillion debt, to $10 trillion debt over eight years. It really bothered me that Republicans became big spenders. I don’t want that to happen again.”

“The other problem is that when you look at the budget, two-thirds of it is entitlements, and a third is non-entitlements,” continued Paul. “Most people only look at the third. But if you eliminate the third, which is military and non-military — and I’m not proposing we do that — but if you eliminated it completely you still don’t balance, because entitlements are growing so rapidly.”

Paul believes that in order to make any positive change in the budget, then entitlements will really have to face some changes. He worries, however, that Trump may not be so willing to go along with him in shrinking the largest growing problem in our spending.

“President-elect Trump, I’ve tried to agree with him when I can, but he’s also said he hasn’t been interested in looking at entitlements,” said Paul, “and I think if you are unwilling to do that, I just don’t think you’re a fiscal conservative, or your serious about the significance of the $20 trillion debt.”

Watch this, and more in the clip below:

Posted in Donald Trump, Entitlements, FreedomWorks, Jason Pye, Politics, Rand Paul

December 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) sat down with FreedomWorks’ Director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Jason Pye to discuss the near future, when when the new congress begins. To kick off the interview, Pye asked Paul what was on the docket for the first session.

Paul responded by saying that Obama’s executive orders are about to face the guillotine.

“You remember when President Obama said he was going to have his pen and his phone, and he’d jolly well do what he wanted,” said Paul. “Congress wasn’t doing what he thought they should be doing. He went around us through executive order, and regulatory order.”

“But all of that can be undone with a new president,” continued Paul. “So I’m hoping that they will aggressively undo — and I’m hearing that from day one there’s going to be dozens of regulations repealed and changed.”

Watch below:

As previously reported, Paul has been itching to kill many of the job killing regulations forced upon the nation by Obama for some time. He made the prediction early on, saying they “were going to spend the first month passing the repeal of Obama regulations, and they will be signed by Trump.”

It would appear that Paul’s predictions are easily coming true.

Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, Donald Trump, FreedomWorks, Jason Pye, legislation, Politics, Rand Paul, regulations

December 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Conservative and Libertarian favorite, Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, is often one of the first to come to mind when people think of a true freedom loving politician. He’s not afraid to butt heads with his own party if Republicans set themselves to defy the principles they claim to stand for, and will defy party leadership to make sure they remain on that course.

That’s because Paul is more often than not loyal to his principles, and a good deal of his principles fall directly in line with much of the Founding Father’s. So he was the perfect candidate to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights with an article in its defense.

Posted at Breitbart, Paul explained just how the Bill of Rights sought to defy government’s willingness to assume more power than it should have. It’s a document that is sadly far too brushed off today.

In contrast to almost all of the legislation Congress passes today, the Bill of Rights is full of language such as “Congress shall make no law” and “The right of the people… shall not be violated,” along with a guarantee that non-delegated powers or those not specifically denied the states “are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” 

With this document, the Founders drew a line in the sand a few inches from the government’s feet.

He detailed that while the Bill of Rights was created long ago to protect us from an overbearing government, it’s up to us as citizens to make sure that the Bill of Rights is upheld and followed. That when government starts to think too highly of itself, it’s our job to correct that assumption.

We have the Bill of Rights precisely because the Founding Fathers knew government can’t resist stretching its limits.  Much like Benjamin Franklin’s reported statement that we had a Republic if we could “keep it,” the Bill of Rights relies on the people holding government accountable.

When some in government say “of course we can,” you and I are supposed to use the Bill of Rights to say, “No, you can’t.”

What’s more, we can’t pick and choose which rights we deem worth following, and which ones are not whenever it’s convenient for us. It’s a document that should be defended at all times, even if we don’t want to.

That’s one reason we must defend the entire Bill of Rights.  If you expect to be able to speak freely, then surveillance that shreds the Fourth Amendment stops just being the other guy’s problem.  

If you let the government decide the Second Amendment doesn’t mean what it says, then why should it hold to a strict definition of due process or freedom of the press?

We don’t have the luxury of playing favorites.  We have the responsibility of getting it right.

With a Republican majority on the horizon, Paul looks forward to carrying out the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights after too long of it being walked over.

I am excited for the upcoming opportunities we will have to institute long-overdue reforms, roll back an overzealous and misguided bureaucracy, and return to a government that works for the people instead of the special interests.

On this 225th anniversary, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles and boundaries found in the Bill of Rights, and let us recommit to passing them on honored and intact.

I think a good deal of us are looking forward to it as much as he is.

Posted in Bill of Rights, Politics, Rand Paul

December 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been on the warpath when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state picks. He’s not been one to hold back commentary about former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, calling him a “menace,” and vowing that if Trump decided to go with Bolton, the Senator would gather the necessary votes to stop it. Paul was also just as adamant about Trump’s other rumored pick, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

But now, according to Politico, another pick has surfaced that could have bipartisan support from both Republicans and Democrats, and even the approval of the picky Kentucky senator. This is none other than Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

“I think he would be a great pick,” Paul said of Corker.

“I do think that in comparison to people like Bolton or Giuliani, that he’s much more reasonable diplomatically,” continued Paul, also saying that he’s “more from the realist point of view, as far as foreign policy.”

Furthermore, Corker wants the job.

“Anyone who is serving in the kind of role that I may where you influence things and you pass legislation, if you had the opportunity, assuming the environment was right, to be successful, you would want to entertain the idea,” Corker said. “The things that you care about, you can act on … any serious person who’s spent a lot of time in foreign policy would want to sit down and explore the idea.”

Corker seems to be more than qualified for it.

As chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Corker’s chief accomplishment was legislation that would give Congress an up-or-down vote on President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran. That negotiation forced Corker to maneuver between the White House and fierce critics of the administration’s talks with Tehran, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“He has advanced a very conservative agenda as chairman, but I really respect him personally,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), another member of Corker’s committee who has traveled abroad with him. “He has an enormous amount of knowledge about the world and our place in it, and I think he would be a strong choice.”

Corker does seem to have enemies on the right, specifically in the form of Breitbart News, run then by Trump’s Chief of Staff Steve Bannon. Breitbart news called Corker a “key figure in turning congressional rules upside-down and rendering the majority powerless.”

While Corker may have an easy time being approved by the Senate, he may have trouble with some in Trump’s cabinet.

Posted in Bob Corker, Donald Trump, Politics, Rand Paul, secretary of state, Steve Bannon

November 30th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) hasn’t been shy about about what he wants to see as President-elect Trump’s secretary of state. Upon hearing that former ambassador John Bolton and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were being considered, the libertarian leaning senator went on the warpath, denouncing and lambasting the two choices. He even went so far as to say that should Trump pick Bolton, he would gather the necessary votes to block him.

Paul’s opinions on the secretary of state job are heavy because from his perspective he sees very clearly how much damage the Iraq war has done. Not just to the families of those who died there, but what terrorist groups have gained strength as a result. Needless to say, Paul isn’t messing around with this position for Trump’s cabinet, because he doesn’t want to see the United States further mired in problems oversees, and spending more money, and especially lives, as a result.

Paul reaffirmed his position on Monday during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Blitzer brought up the fact that Rand called Romney an “even keeled” pick, and asked Rand if he would prefer Romney in the position. Rand elaborated, letting on that this isn’t exactly the case.

“What I want is somebody who understands that the Iraq war was a mistake, that nation building has been a mistake, and that regime change has been a mistake,” said Paul. “These are things that Donald Trump has expressed, and I believe and agree with him completely. It’s why I supported him.”

“But I don’t believe Bolton, I don’t believe Giuliani have understood that, or have come to understand the historical significance of that,” continued Rand. “I’m unsure about where Romney is on this, and if he comes before my committee I would ask him “do you now think the Iraq war was a mistake, and made us less safe, emboldened Iran, made the whole situation more chaotic?”

Paul went on to speak about how if Donald Trump wants to build our own nation up, then he must abandon the idea of nation building oversees.

Paul also has an issue with former CIA director General David Patraeus, as he plead guilty for sharing classified information with unauthorized people. The Senator stated that if we’re going to keep former secretary of state Hillary Clinton out of office for this kind of thing, then Patraeus must also be disqualified.

Watch the interview below.

Posted in David Patraeus, Donald Trump, Iraq War, John Bolton, Mistake, Politics, Rand Paul, Rudy Giuliani

November 30th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Appearing on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was asked about President-elect Trump’s claim that in addition to winning the electoral vote, he would have won the popular vote if it hadn’t been for the millions of people voting illegally.

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016

Paul responded by giving his experience with voter fraud, and while he does believe it definitely exists, he’s not sure he can believe it’s happening in the millions.

“I don’t know what to say about something I don’t have a lot of information about,” said Paul. “And I don’t think there are millions of people that are voting illegally.”

“I think there is concern, and what I think we need to do probably as we move forward…that maybe being more public with the way our checks and balances work,” continued Paul.

Paul is probably more correct than not. While Trump’s claim is likely exaggerated, voter fraud is definitely an issue. One need only look at the story of True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht to understand that it’s not only happening, there are groups with vested interests in ensuring that it continues.

 

Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, Rand Paul, Voter Fraud, Wolf Blitzer

November 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The world is still getting used to the idea that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 elections, but Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is already making plans to take advantage of the sea of the Republican victories.

During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the Kentucky senator gave a pretty solid hint as to how he believes he and the other Republicans will spend Trump’s first days in office.

“I have a prediction to make this morning,” said Paul. “I think were going to spend the first month passing the repeal of Obama regulations, and they will be signed by Trump. I think there will be half a dozen regulations repealed in the first week of congress, and this is something I’m excited to do…”

Paul is one of the Republicans who won reelection last night, and did so with 57 precent of the vote, compared to his Democratic opponent Jim Gray, who only took 43 percent. His victory was hardly in doubt, however, as Paul was reportedly attracting not just Republicans, but Democrats as well.

Now, with a majority at his side, Paul is likely to be one of the Republicans spearheading much of the deregulation that Republicans have been promised throughout their campaigns. If Paul’s appearance on Morning Joe is any indication, then the Senator will attempt to shrink government quickly and often.

You can watch his interview below.

Posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Politics, Rand Paul, regulations, repeal, Republican

March 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

The CEO of a large conservative advocacy group said Wednesday evening that he was on board with Glenn Beck’s call for Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to team up to defeat GOP rival Donald Trump.

“It’s younger, it’s exciting, it’s dynamic, principled,” FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon told Beck. “[T]hat’s something I could get behind and get excited about.”

FreedomWorks CEO discusses the 2016 presidential election on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday, March 2. (Image: TheBlaze TV)

FreedomWorks CEO discusses the 2016 presidential election on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday, March 2. (Image: TheBlaze TV)

Beck, a top surrogate for Cruz, doubled down on his proposition, arguing that the Republican Party would be “stronger” with Cruz as president and Rubio as vice president because it would have broader appeal.

During his radio program Wednesday morning, Beck laid out a team in which Rubio would serve as Cruz’s vice president, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) would be appointed secretary of the Treasury, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) would replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who plans to end his Republican presidential bid, would run for Rubio’s vacated Senate seat in Florida.

According to Brandon, should Cruz and Rubio team up, it would lead to overwhelming Republican majorities in the House and the Senate.

“Think of the coattails,” Brandon said. “You would keep the Senate, you would grow the Senate, the House would grow.”

Beck agreed, arguing that “it’s what needs to be done” in order for the Republicans to win the White House in November.

“In a sane world without egos, that’s exactly what would be done,” Beck said.

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March 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

All it would take for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to “un-suspend” his GOP presidential campaign is action from one New Hampshire newspaper.

Linking to a tweet from the New Hampshire Union Leader that promoted its new editorial which walked back the venerable newspaper’s endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also a former Republican presidential hopeful, Paul promised to “un-suspend” his campaign — as long as the newspaper endorsed him and declared a “do over” in New Hampshire.

If they endorse me and declare a Do Over in New Hampshire I will un-suspend Happy #SuperTuesday https://t.co/6oaZPIdvWg

— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 1, 2016

Ahead of Super Tuesday, the Union Leader’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid, penned an editorial in which he said “boy, were we wrong” about the newspaper’s endorsement of Christie. Citing Christie’s outward support for businessman Donald Trump in his quest for the Republican nomination, McQuaid wrote that those actions “demonstrated how wrong we were.”

“Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee. In doing so, he rejected the very principles of his campaign that attracted our support,” he said.

The New Hampshire Union Leader issued its original endorsement of Christie in November.

Paul, the libertarian-leaning candidate, initially suspended his campaign earlier in February after a disappointing finish in Iowa and before the New Hampshire primaries.

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February 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

As Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.) traveled Des Moines on Thursday, preparing for the debate, he probably did not know it would be one of his final days on the trail for the 2016 cycle.

TheBlaze spent much of the day with Paul and his staff as he visited campaign headquarters, attended a energetic rally, and did media hits leading up to the debate.

On Wednesday, the libertarian-minded senator announced he was ending his bid for the GOP nomination.

“Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty,” he said.

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February 1st, 2016 by Staff Writer

As the Iowa caucus nears, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country is preparing for its annual conference of big-name conservative leaders with an optimistic message — “our time is now.”

The American Conservative Union has released the first ad for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference — the event of events for conservative pundits, politicians and voters. With a voiceover from former President Ronald Reagan, the ad puts a fresh spin on the conference as it features younger attendees along with soundbites from politicians and upbeat music.

“This March, it’s time to restore America’s greatness,” the ad proclaims.

“Tomorrow in Iowa we shift from candidates talking to conservatives to the next phase where conservatives will make their voices heard with their vote,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told TheBlaze. “CPAC starts the day after the SEC primary in the thick of this phase. We may not know who our candidate is, but we will be well on our way. CPAC will be the central event for conservatives to come together and make it clear to the rest of American from coast to coast the important need to preserve the principles our nation was founded on.”

Several GOP presidential candidates are featured in the advertisement, such as Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Many of those candidates are already confirmed speakers at the event.

The conference will be held March 2-5 in National Harbor, Maryland — after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

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A crowd of Sen. Rand Paul supporters at Drake University in Iowa on Thursday broke into boos for the senator from Texas as Paul slammed him for failing to vote for legislation in the Senate that would have provided for a full audit of the Federal Reserve.

Cruz previously told TheBlaze he “strongly” supported the legislation and would have traveled to D.C. to vote for it if his vote “would have made a difference in it passing.”

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January 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul said Thursday that he is “absolutely” hoping to win the Iowa caucus.

“I grew up competing in sports — swimming and competing in college,” the Kentucky senator told TheBlaze during a sit-down interview. “We never went in to get, you know, third place or something.”

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“So you’re hoping to win it?” the senator was asked.

“Absolutely,” Paul answered. “It only takes probably about 30,000 votes to win in Iowa. Our goal is to get 10,000 students out. We are working very hard to organize the student population. We are hoping to get 10,000 independents out. And then, 10,000 liberty Republicans. You put all three of those together, it is enough to win.”

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls in the state, Paul places seventh with 3.9 percent of support. But the libertarian firebrand insisted that polls may not be a good measure to determine the outcome of the race.

“Iowa is about more than polling,” he said. “Iowa is about your ground game. You need to get people out. And people in the know that have seen our ground game I think believe that it rivals any of the other candidates.”

The Iowa caucus is set to take place on Feb. 1.

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