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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Rand Paul Wants U.S. Aid to Egypt Cut Off

Violent clashes have broken out in Egypt after the military removed President Mohammed Morsi from office.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation that would cut off foreign aid to Egypt. Politico reports the bill is the first in Congress to directly address what many observers describe as a military coup in the north African nation.

For Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, there’s no debating what happened in Egypt last week. He says President Mohammed Morsi was taken down by a military coup, and under U.S. law Congress can’t provide aid to countries where a democratically elected government has been removed by such an action.

In a statement, Senator Paul accused President Obama of ignoring the rule of law by refusing to call last week’s action a coup, and by continuing the flow of U.S aid to Egypt.

The President this week ordered a review of all aid sent to Egypt.

Paul has previously called on Congress to halt foreign aid to Pakistan, and is a general critic of foreign assistance, saying it’s money better spent at home.

Politics
2:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Senator Paul Wants Answers on Drones, Threatens to Block FBI Director Nominee

Rand Paul (R-KY)

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is telling FBI director Robert Mueller that he will object to the nomination of his successor until he gets answers on domestic drone use.

In a letter this week to Director Mueller, Senator Paul turns up the heat for an explanation of how the FBI uses surveillance drones on U.S. soil.  

“The American people have a right to know the limits that the federal government operates under when using these drones, and whether further action is needed to protect the rights of innocent Americans," writes Paul.

The letter is a follow-up to a previous letter sent on June 20 that asked for a response by July 1.  Senator Paul states in his latest correspondence that until he gets adequate answers to his questions, the Kentucky Republican will object to the nomination of James Comey as the next FBI director and encourage his colleagues to the do the same. 

Drone use is a hot-button issue for Paul, who in March, filibustered for 13 hours the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan over the use of domestic drones.

Politics
9:45 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Aide to Sen. Rand Paul Criticized for Inflammatory Views

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

An aide to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is coming under fire for his political views on race relations and more.

According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, Jack Hunter, who co-authored Paul's first book and now serves in his Washington office, worked as a radio personality in South Carolina in the '90's using the name "The Southern Avenger". In that capacity, he expressed sympathy for President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, said slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, bashed Hispanic immigrants, and advocated secession for South Carolina.

He did repudiate some of his more controversial statements in the Free Beacon story, saying it was his job back in his radio days to "provoke and inflame", but that he now abhors racism and advocates equal protection under the law for all people. The story notes he did not rule out his support for secession.

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Politics
9:20 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Rand Paul Testing 2016 Waters During South Carolina Visit

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he’s hoping to show people in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina that he can appeal to a broad audience.

Paul spoke with The Associated Press prior to a Friday trip to South Carolina, home to the South’s first presidential primary balloting.

The 50-year-old freshman Republican and tea party favorite’s name is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, and he’s made recent trips to other early primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s spending some time in South Carolina raising money and meeting with tea party-leaning groups.

State GOP chairman Matt Moore says South Carolina voters are eager to hear Paul’s conservative message. Moore says the state will host other potential 2016 White House hopefuls in the coming months.

Politics
9:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Rand Paul: Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Step Closer to Human-Animal Unions

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has suggested that Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will move the country closer to accepting marriages between people and animals.

A spokeswoman for the Bowling Green Republican insists the Senator was being sarcastic.

Paul’s comments came during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program. Beck asked the Kentucky Senator if the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act would eventually lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage. Paul responded by saying, “I think it’s a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further, does it have to be humans, you know?”

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Politics
9:33 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Rand Paul: History Will Judge NSA Leaker

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Credit Lisa Autry

U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he has sympathy for Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance operations. 

In Bowling Green this week, Paul was asked how history will judge Snowden, who's facing espionage charges. Sen. Paul said  Snowden never lied to anyone, unlike National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who lied under oath to Congress.

“He says 'I lied in the name of national security.'  On the other hand, Edward Snowden told the truth in defense of privacy, but broke his national security clearance.  When you work in government you take a pledge not to reveal secrets, but you also take a pledge to the Constitution," explained Paul.  "The question becomes 'Is it a type of accepted civil disobedience to break your security pledge in defense of the Constitution?'"

If it turns out he leaked secrets to foreign governments, Paul said Snowden would be judged harshly, but history would judge him kindly as a defender of privacy.

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Regional
1:56 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Senator Paul Presents Medals to Family of Deceased Air Force Veteran

U.S. Senator Rand Paul presented military service medals to Colonel George Hickey, son of Airman 1st Class Billy Hickey in a ceremony in Bowling Green.
Credit Lisa Autry

Decades later, the family of a Kentucky native and military veteran finally has the medals honoring his service.  Airman First Class Billy Hickey was a Korean War veteran who was held for nearly three years as a prisoner of war. 

U.S. Senator Rand Paul presented the medals to his son Colonel George Hickey in Bowling Green Monday.

“I never was able to get these medals and I'm very glad the senator was able to get them for me," said Hickey. 

Col. George Hickey was presented the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal & Silver Star Attachment, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Senator Paul, whose family has a history in the Air Force, said being able to present the medals was gratifying.

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Politics
7:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Senator Paul Signs on to Bill Cutting Aid to Syria

Rand Paul (R-KY)

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has introduced a bill in Congress to block military funds to Syria.  The measure is aimed at preventing further U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. 

Senator Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green,  is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban direct or indirect aid for military operations in Syria, but would not prevent humanitarian aid. 

The bi-partisan legislation is also supported by Senators Tom Udall, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy, all of whom have spoken out in opposition to President Obama’s decision to arm rebel groups in Syria. 

“The President’s unilateral decision to arm Syrian rebels is incredibly disturbing, considering what little we know about whom we are arming," said Paul.  "Engaging in yet another conflict in the Middle East with no vote or Congressional oversight compounds the severity of this situation. The American people deserve real deliberation by their elected officials before we send arms to a region rife with extremists who seek to threaten the U.S. and her allies.”

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Politics
1:19 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rand Paul on West Coast Fundraising Swing

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is on a west-coast fundraising swing this week that includes stops at some of the country’s most well-known and respected technology companies.

Senator Paul is considering a 2016 presidential bid, and the Wall Street Journal reports this week’s visit to the west coast is part of his effort to reach out to groups not normally associated with the GOP.

Yesterday, Paul held a private town hall meeting for Google employees at the company’s Mountain View, California campus. The Bowling Green Republican is also making fundraising stops at Facebook and eBay.

Paul has been outspoken about the need for the Republican Party to reach out to groups that normally don’t vote for the GOP, including African-Americans and young people along the West Coast.

Paul says many employees at place like Google and Facebook are likely more fiscally conservative than President Obama, but are turned off by the GOP because they see the party as too far to the right on social issues.

Politics
12:09 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Poll: Rand Paul Strongest Republican For Iowa Voters in '16 Presidential Election

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Among voters in Iowa—a key primary state—U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the strongest Republican in the field of prospective 2016  presidential candidates,  says a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

Kentucky's junior senator leads current Vice President Joe Biden by five points among Iowa voters— and he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, by only four points.

Those totals are better than Sen. Marco Rubio, the Floridian who is also a leading Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election.

In the Quinnipiac poll, Rubio barely edges Biden and trails Clinton by nine points.

The polling numbers come on heels of his keynote speech to Iowa Republicans weeks ago. But a major reason for Paul's strong standing in Iowa is his perception among Iowa's independent voters.

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