|U.S. Senator from Kentucky|
From: January 3, 2011 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Spouse(s)||Kelley Ashby Paul|
|Religion||Presbyterian (see also: Rand Paul's religious views)|
Rand Paul (born January 7, 1963) is the conservative United States Senator from Kentucky, reelected by a landslide in 2016. He is critical of federal spending, opposes an interventionalist foreign policy, and rejects the tendency by neocons for perpetual war. He can be considered a movement conservative and a potential future presidential candidate, initially running in 2016. Senator Paul is the leader for a repeal of ObamaCare. Senator Paul is the most prominent defender of President Trump in the U.S. Senate, particularly on foreign policy towards Russia.
Sen. Paul lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In November 2017, he was the victim of a cowardly attack by an irate Democratic neighbor, Rene Boucher, who trespassed on Sen. Paul's yard, snuck up behind him, and violently broke five of his ribs. Sen. Paul also suffered lung contusions and facial injuries. Paul was mowing his lawn at the time of the attack. Police initially charged the perpetrator, who reportedly admitted attacking Paul, with merely fourth-degree assault despite the seriousness of the injuries. A federal charge were then filed against the assailant, who pled guilty but was then sentenced to merely 30 days in jail, which is far below sentencing guidelines and which the Department of Justice has appealed for being too lenient.
In 2010, he won the Republican primary after defeating the more moderate candidate Trey Grayson by a landslide. Despite intense opposition by liberals and the lamestream media, Rand Paul won by an overwhelming margin first against a RINO Republican favored by the establishment, and then against Democrat Jack Conway in the 2010 Midterm Election. This was the seat formerly held by Jim Bunning, one of the greatest conservative sports stars, who endorsed Paul in the Republican primary.
On March 2013, Rand led a filibuster of Obama's CIA nomination John Brennan due to the fact that the administration was unwilling to forbid ordering drone targeting of Americans on American territories, in violation of the 5th Amendment. A month of letter writings without a reply and March 6 testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder prompted the filibuster. A number of GOP Senators joined him including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, among others and one Democrat Senator, Ron Wyden. A vote on a non-binding statement clarifying that Obama shall not kill Americans with drone warfare was denied by Democrats in the Senate.
Political Positions and Views
Unlike many politicians of both major political parties, Rand Paul supports sharply reducing the size of government. Notably in 2018 he single-handedly shutdown the entire Federal government (for a few hours, at least) while he spoke against the hypocrisy of his own party in desiring to pass a 700-page bill that nobody had read and that would create the same deficit spending that his party opposed during the Obama administration.
Paul opposes gun control and same-sex "marriage". He opposes prison sentences for minor drug offenders. Paul sued the Obama administration because the Espionage of American civilians through the NSA. Paul is distrustful of capital punishment but also thinks that it should be a state issue.
He has criticized pro-war politicians and won the CPAC straw poll in 2013 and 2014. Paul is against an American intervention in the Syrian Civil War and was opposed to the Operation Iraqi Freedom or the Patriot Act. Paul is an opponent of the United States embargo against Cuba. Paul has criticized neocons such as Lindsey Graham for their foreign policy views.
- Moran, Sean (August 14, 2018). Exclusive — Rand Paul: Russia Trip a ‘Great Success’; U.S. Citizens Prefer America First to Nation-Building. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
- John Hinderacker. More on the Democrat’s Assault on Rand Paul. Powerlineblog.com. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
- Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid: ‘We have come to take our country back’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/04/07/rand-paul-set-to-announce-presidential-run/
- Rand Paul on the Death Penalty
- Multiple references:
- Antle III, W. James (October 15, 2019). Rand Paul Doesn’t Suffer Socialist Fashionistas. The American Conservative. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- Sen. Rand Paul makes case against socialism as many young Americans sour on capitalism. Fox News Video. October 14, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- Boyle, Matthew (October 15, 2019). Exclusive – Rand Paul Makes ‘The Case Against Socialism’: ‘History is Replete With Examples of Socialism Gone Awry’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- Byas, Steve (October 28, 2019). Rand Paul Attacks American Socialists AOC, Bernie Sanders, Others — in New Book. The New American. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
- Casiano, Louis (October 15, 2019). Rand Paul says Lindsey Graham 'has been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision of the last two decades'. Fox News. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- Dr. Rand Paul on Israel