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Rachel Maddow Attempts to Unscramble Marco Rubio and Rand Paul's Positions on Gay Rights: VIDEO

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With the 2016 presidential campaign underway, Rachel Maddow this week took a look at the media frenzy surrounding the declared candidates and the GOP's tightrope walk on issues like gay rights. 

Said Maddow:

"One happy byproduct of, one benefit of the frenzy is getting to see them invent new lines for themselves to tiptoe down as they try on the spot to invent reasonable sounding, anti-gay policy positions that accomplish this neat trick of not turning off the vast majority of the country by seeming too much like a homophobe but also seeming aggressively anti-gay enough to be electable inside the super anti-gay Republican base bubble."

Later, Maddow chatted with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about the culture war's role on the GOP side and the various campaign trail "trap door" questions that await candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

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Rand Paul: Gay Couples Can Sign Marriage 'Contracts' as Long as Religion is Not Involved — VIDEO

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CNN's Dana Bash asked GOP presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) his thoughts on same-sex marriage this morning on State of the Union.

Said Paul:

"I do believe people ought to be left alone. I don't care who you are or what you do at home or who your friends are or what, you know, where you hang out, what kind of music you listen to, what you do in your home is your own business. That's always been who I am. I am a leave me alone kind of guy."

He added:

"States will end up making the decisions on these things. I think that there's a religious connotation to marriage. I believe in the traditional religious connotation to this. But also believe people ought to be treated fairly under the law....I see no reason why if the marriage contract conveys certain things that if you want to marry another woman that you can do that and have a contract but the thing is is the religious connotation of marriage that has been going on for thousands of years, I still want to preserve that. You probably could have both. You could have both traditional marriage which I believe in but you could also have the neutrality of the law that allows people to have contracts with another."

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Rand Paul Tells Savannah Guthrie How She Should Do Her Job: VIDEO

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After Savannath Guthrie presented him with a list of items that he has flip-flopped on, 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul accused Guthrie of editorializing:

"Why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me? Before we go through a litany of things you say I’ve changed on, why don’t you ask me a question: 'Have I changed my opinion?' That would be a better way to approach it. You’ve editorialized.”

He then snapped at her after she rephrased her questioning.

"No, no, no, no, no, listen, you’ve editorialized - let me answer a question."

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Jon Stewart Picks Apart Rand Paul's Ridiculously Tedious 2016 Announcement: VIDEO

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Rand Paul's presidential candidacy announcement took so long, that an hour in "Hillary Clinton was like 'Just announce, already, please."

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Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Run for President: VIDEO

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threw his hat into the ring of Republican 2016 candidates on Tuesday before a rally in Louisville this morning, announcing on his website:

"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

Paul also posted a video message featuring his wife.

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A video posted yesterday advertised Paul as "a different kind of Republican leader."

Last month, Paul told religious leaders at a prayer breakfast that the debate over same-sex marriage is the result of a "moral crisis" in America:

“Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”

He also said that calling same-sex unions "marriage" very much "offends" him and others. At one point he linked it with polygamy and 'non-human' marriage. When asked if one day he'll support it, Paul recently shrugged.

He called a federal judge's ruling which said Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state "illegitimate".

He was a longtime member of an AIDS-denialist medical group.

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Rand Paul Is 'A Different Kind of Republican Leader' In 2016 Campaign Kick-Off Ad: WATCH

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is expected to officially announce his entry into the 2016 presidential race tomorrow and has released a campaign ad touting that on April 7th "a different kind of Republican will take on Washington."

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Speaking before a group of religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. last month, Rand Paul suggested that the marriage equality debate was taking place because the country is facing a "moral crisis."

Previously, "Rand Paul: Calling Same-Sex Unions 'Marriage' Really 'Offends' Him" [tlrd]

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