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Rand Paul: I Don't Mind if the Federal Government is 'Neutral' on the Issue of Gay Marriage - VIDEO


FOX News' Chris Wallace asked Kentucky Senator Rand Paul this morning if he felt that the Supreme Court striking down DOMA would mean too much federal interference in a states' rights matter.

Said Paul:

You know, I think it's a really complicated issue. I've always said that the states have a right to decide. I do believe in traditional marriage, Kentucky has decided it, and I don't think the federal government should tell us otherwise. There are states that have decided in the opposite fashion, and I don't think the federal government should tell anybody or any state government how they should decide this. Marriage has been a state issue for hundreds and hundreds of years.

DOMA is complicated, though, because DOMA does provide protection for the states from the federal government. But, then, you're right, part of it federalizes the issue.

I think there's a chance the court could strike down the federalization part of it. If they do, I think the way to fix it is maybe to try to make all of our laws more neutral towards the issue, and, I don't want the government promoting something I don't believe in. But I also don't mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue.    You know, the tax code, I'm for a flat income tax and we wouldn't have marriage as part of the tax code. Health insurance, I think there is a way to write it where it would be neutral and you wouldn't bring marriage into the whole idea of health insurance.


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Rand Paul's 12-Hour Filibuster of John Brennan in 120 Seconds: VIDEO


As you may know, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) engaged in a more-than-12-hour filibuster yesterday of John Brennan's nomination to director of the CIA, much of which was about drone surveillance and warfare.

In case you missed it, Politisphere has polished down the marathon session to a spare two minutes:

Paul's filibuster, which lasted more than 12 hours and was joined at times by several other senators, focused on the government's use of drone strikes. Paul specifically expressed his extreme disapproval of Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to rule out using drone strikes against American citizens on American soil, which Holder said in a recent letter to Paul could be ordered in "extreme circumstances."

Paul ended the filibuster after making a joke that nature was calling.


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Rand Paul: 'I Don't Understand' Gay Marriage - VIDEO


Senator Rand Paul called into AFA hate group leader Bryan Fischer's radio show yesterday to talk about a variety of topics, but, given Fischer's obsession with gays, it eventually swung around to that, Raw Story reports:

“I believe in traditional marriage,” he said during an interview with Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. “I really don’t understand any other kind of marriage. Between a man and a woman is what I believe in, and I just don’t think it is good for us to change the definition of that.”

Paul noted that his state, Kentucky, had approved a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage. He said he was “not sure” about DOMA, but warned the federal law could result in conservatives losing “the battle for the whole country.”

Paul said marriage rights should be decided state-by-state rather than nationally so that “urban centers” couldn’t dictate the law.


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Rand Paul Tells Hillary Clinton He Would Have Fired Her: VIDEO


Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) laid into Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attack, telling the Secretary of State that she would no longer have a job if he was in charge of her:

“Ultimately, I think with your leaving, you accept culpability for the greatest tragedy since 9/11...Had I been President at the time and I found out you had not read the cables...I would have relieved you of your post."


Hillary Clinton Rips Into Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Over Benghazi Attack: VIDEO [tlrd]

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Rand Paul's Son Arrested at Airport for Being Drunk, Disruptive: VIDEO

The 19-year-old son of teabagger Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was arrested at the Charlotte airport Saturday night, WCNC reports:

William_paulPolice say William Paul was drunk and being disruptive.

When Paul was taken in to custody, he told authorities his dad is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

There’s no word on where he got the alcohol, or if anyone will face charges for serving the 19-year-old.

Moira Bagley, communications director for Senator Paul released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena, however, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this.

Watch the WCNC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WE HAVE TO BOMB EVERYBODY TOMORROW: Rand Paul on the GOP's foreign policy.

MID-AIR COLLISION: "Two single-engine planes, flying side by side in the Netherlands, collide and become stuck together at the wings. Nobody was injured, but one plane was forced to crash land on the beach while the other safely landed at the airport." The planes were apparently towing the banners of two political rivals.


THE TIGER PEN: Somebody's asking for it.

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