Rand Paul on Principles & Values



I spend my days defending the Bill of Rights

I spend my days defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I think there's nothing more important than understanding that the Constitution restrains government, not the people.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Conservative on spending; libertarian-ish on other issues

Q: You are reaching out to minority voters, and proposing legalization for 11 million immigrants: If I didn't know better--and I do know better--I would think you might be a Democrat. Do you really think you can get the Republican nomination making those statements and taking those positions?

PAUL: Well, you add that to the fact I am also one of the most conservative members of the Senate, in the sense that I vote against spending, I vote against unbalanced budgets, I'm a proponent of lower taxes. So all of those are right within the mainstream of the party. But I do have some additional things--I call them sometimes the libertarian-ish kind of issues--of believing in privacy, believing in criminal justice, that everyone should be treated fairly under the law, no matter the color of your skin. We still have a large problem in our country that, if you are black, you are not always being treated fairly under the law. And I want to fix that.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2015 coverage:2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 12, 2015

Defeat the Washington machine; unleash the American Dream

Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for the presidency begins powered by a simple rhyme: "Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American Dream." It's not hard to parse--Washington is too big and it's constraining economic success--but it's still worth parsing

First, "Defeat the Washington machine." The idea of a less-specific "political machine" is an old one, dating back to 1850. But a candidate in 2012 used the same term to make his case as an outsider: Ron Paul, Rand's father.

Then there's the second line that's glued on to the first: "Unleash the American Dream," [a term which dates back to the 1930s]. Over the course of the Obama administration, the idea of unleashing the American dream--shackled, in the eyes of the Republicans using the phrase, by that Washington machine--has been in vogue. Given its history, then, the slogan is perfect for Rand Paul, fusing together the campaign of his father and the ideas of the Republican mainstream.

Source: Wash. Post 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 7, 2015

Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot

Kentucky law dictates that "no candidate's name shall appear on any ballot more than once." In other words, Paul wouldn't be able to compete in both his home state's GOP presidential primary and Republican Senate primary, which will be held on the same day in May 2016.

So, game over then? Hardly. Paul's best-case scenario appears to be convincing the Kentucky Republican Party to abandon its current May 2016 primary: the state party could instead award delegates through a new presidential caucus that would be held in March 2016. But Paul would find himself back in the same double-listing pickle come November 2016 if he were to win the GOP's presidential nomination. That, of course, would be a problem Paul would love to have.

Even if all else fails, Paul could simply sit out his home state's presidential primary. The Kentucky law prevents a candidate from being listed on the same state ballot twice, but it doesn't bar a candidate from competing in contests in the rest of the country.

Source: Slate.com coverage of 2016 Kentucky Senate race , Feb 18, 2015

Politicians should apply medical oath: "First, do no harm"

As a physician, I was taught first to do no harm: To think before you act, to analyze the unintended consequences of your actions. I think America would be better off if all our politicians took that same approach: "First, do no harm." It is self-evident that the President and Congress are unable to do what every family in America must do--balance the budget.
Source: Tea Party response to the 2015 State of the Union address , Jan 20, 2015

Elect lovers of liberty, not just Republicans

Imagine with me for a moment, imagine a time when liberty is again spread from coast to coast. Imagine a time when our great country is again governed by the Constitution. Imagine a time when the White House is once again occupied by a friend of liberty. You may think I'm talking about electing Republicans. I'm not. I'm talking about electing lovers of liberty.

It isn't good enough to pick the lesser of two evils. We must elect men and women of principle, and conviction and action, who will lead us back to greatness. There is a great and tumultuous battle underway for the future, not of the Republican Party but the future of the entire country.

Will you, America's next generation of liberty lovers, will you stand and be heard?

There's a battle going on. Don't forget, there is a great battle going on for the heart and soul of America. The Fourth Amendment is equally as important as the Second Amendment, and conservatives cannot forget this.

Source: Speech at 2014 CPAC convention , Mar 8, 2014

We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (video clip): We don't need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America. And it still works.

Q: Is that enough? America still works?

PAUL: Well, I don't think we need new principles. I think the principles we have, we need to be more explicit with. And, instead of saying, "oh, we want revenue-neutral tax reform," I think we need to stand up and say, "we want to leave more money in the economy. We want to reduce taxes--that when Reagan did it, we had 7% growth in one year." That's the kind of bold leadership we need but it's not a new principle. We don't have to reinvent ourselves in that way, but we do have to stand on principle. And unless you really stand for something, people aren't motivated to go out and vote for you.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 interviews: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 24, 2013

America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free

The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.

People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it's not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work. We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great.

Source: Tea Party Response to 2013 State of the Union Address , Feb 12, 2013

I am a Christian but not always a good one

I'm a Christian, a husband and a father. I'm faithful to my wife and my family. I try to be good at all those things, though, of course, we all fall short of perfection in our lives. I try to adhere to the tenets of God's word in the New Testament. I take seriously my oath to defend the Constitution. And I try to fight for truth and my values regardless of the political outcome, regardless of how popular or unpopular they may be.

My faith has never been easy for me, never been easy to talk about and never been without obstacles. I do not and cannot wear my religion on my sleeve. I am a Christian but not always a good one. I'm not completely free of doubts. I struggle to understand man's inhumanity to man. I struggle to understand the horrible tragedies that war inflicts on our young men and women.

Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit , Sep 14, 2012

Sometimes evil people win, and saintly heroes are martyred

I've always had trouble grappling with the tragedies that I've encountered in medicine. As a medical student and as a physician, I struggled and struggle with inexplicable disease, terminal tumors in children. When bad things happen to good people, when bad things happen to innocent people, I don't always know what to say or what to think.

My first patient as a medical student on the surgical service was a beautiful young woman who unfortunately presented with metastatic melanoma to her ovaries. She didn't die during my time caring for her, but I knew enough to know that her time was limited. And I struggled to understand her tragedy and how tragedy could occur in a world that has purpose and design.

Like most doctors or like most people, really, I struggle with sometimes caring too much and sometimes caring too little. I struggle to understand how evil individuals sometimes reap earthly rewards and saintly heroes are martyred by their fellow man.

Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit , Sep 14, 2012

America's crisis is not fiscal, but moral & spiritual

Dostoevsky wrote that I did not arrive at my hosanna through childlike faith, but through a fiery furnace of doubt. My faith has never been easy for me, never been easy to talk about and never been without obstacles. I do not and cannot wear my religion on my sleeve. I am a Christian but not always a good one. I'm not completely free of doubts. I struggle to understand man's inhumanity to man.

I think there is crisis in our country. It's not just a fiscal crisis. I think it's a moral crisis. I think it's a spiritual crisis.

I don't think the answer is in any politician. I don't think the answer is in any particular law. I think the answer really is that we need to somehow find our way back to God. And I think we find that by taking the time from our busy lives, from everything around us, taking the time to reflect what are the important things. I hope we will reflect, and I hope we will find spiritual renewal as a country and a people.

Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit , Sep 14, 2012

Wife Kelley gave Randal Paul his nickname "Rand"

As for my name, growing up I always went by Randy, but even early on, when we were just dating, Kelley didn't think it fit me. She would always say, "You just don't sound like a Randy." She thought Randal was too formal and would simply call me Rand. I liked it. More important, Kelley liked it, and so it was pretty much settled.
Source: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul, p. 36 , Feb 22, 2011

My victory was part of a much larger Tea Party movement

"I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We've come to take our government back."

Speaking these words after winning Kentucky's Republican primary in spring 2012, I understood that my victory was part of a much larger movement. Voters outraged by massive debt, spending and an out-of-control federal government had elected a candidate the media and political establishment had deemed too unconventional--precisely because they desired a more unconventional politics. The status quo had failed. Big government had failed. On that warm May evening, Kentucky voters sent a message loud and clear: We've had enough.

Source: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul, p. xi , Feb 22, 2011

Being Ron Paul's son means being unique-minded independent

I remain very much my father's son, not only in my politics but in the way that Dad and I have different approaches to things. It really shouldn't surprise people that part of being Ron Paul's son means being your own man, independent and unique-minded. If I blindly followed Dad with no differences of opinion I would be less my father's son, not more. Dad and I have always understood this even when others have not. My father's popularity and influence have been a tremendous help to my political career. I don't think I could have become a Senator without him but, for most of my life and certainly my political life, I have never been dependent on my dad--and he wouldn't have it any other way.

While many now look to my father as a champion of liberty, let's just say I caught the liberty bug much earlier and, yes, I admit I had a particular advantage. As a child, when people would come over to the house and start political discussions, I was always very comfortable with the adult conversation.

Source: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul, p. 27-28 , Feb 22, 2011

Met Wife Kelley at age 26 in Atlanta

Kelley and I first met at an oyster roast hosted by some mutual friends in Atlanta. She was actually invited by another guy she had been dating on and off, who, to my benefit, wasn't around for most of the evening. I've often been told I look younger than my age and in 1989, when my then-25 year old future wife first saw me, she apparently thought I was too young, telling me later that she thought I might have been a teenager even though I was 26.

But one thing I will never forget about our first meeting is that I leaned forward and kissed her in the kitchen of our friend's house, in front of who knows who. I had never been so forward or daring before. I then asked for Kelley's phone number but didn't write it down, which she kidded me about. "Don't worry, I'll remember it," I said.

I called Kelley the next day, we had our first date that night and the rest is history.

Source: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul, p. 35-36 , Feb 22, 2011

Moved to wife's home in Kentucky & raised three boys

After medical school, I spent a year and a half in Atlanta completing an internship in general surgery. We got married after I completed my general surgery internship. Kelley moved to Durham where I completed my ophthalmology residency.

But when Kelley became pregnant with our first child she began to think about her home back in Kentucky and how important roots and community are when raising a family. Before becoming pregnant, Kelley had never wanted to move back home. But after a phone conversation with her mother one afternoon, I arrived home and Kelley said, "I've changed my mind."

For 18 of our 20 years of marriage Kelley and I have lived quietly in Bowling Green, Kentucky where we've raised our 3 boys, William, Duncan and Robert, and built my ophthalmology practice slowly, year after twyear, by persistence and word of mouth.

Source: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul, p. 37-38 , Feb 22, 2011

Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood

Paul is threatening to withdraw from a final meeting with Jack Conway unless he pulls an incendiary TV ad, which claims Paul once tied up a woman and forced her to worship before a false idol. "I'm not sure I'll appear in public with someone who is going to question my religion," Paul said.

Paul's threat to cancel the Oct. 25 debate with Conway follows the re-emergence of embarrassing allegations about Paul while he was a student at Baylor University in the 1980s. According to an article published last summer in GQ magazine, Paul belonged to the NoZe Brotherhood, a secret society that had been banned on the Texas university's campus because it mocked Christianity and the Baptist faith. Baylor is a Baptist school.

"Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible 'a hoax,' that was banned for mocking Christianity and Christ?" Conway's campaign asks in a new statewide ad.

Source: National Post coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha"

Conway's campaign asks in a new statewide ad, "Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up, tell her to bow down before a false idol & say his god was Aqua Buddha?" The latter claim refers to a charge made in the GQ article by an unnamed college swim teammate, who said Paul and another student also tried to force her to smoke marijuana. The episode reportedly occurred in 1983.

Paul has called the claim "ridiculous" and said he was "never involved with kidnapping." During a Saturday debate, Conway repeated the allegation against Paul--triggering one of the angriest exchanges of the 2010 campaign season. "You know, Jack, you know how we tell when you're lying? It's when your lips are moving. OK?" Paul sputtered. "You're going to stand over there and accuse me of a crime for 30 years ago from some anonymous source?" He added: "Jack, have you no decency? Have you no shame?"

Paul describes himself as a "pro-life Christian" and says his faith is "something very personal to me, my wife, my kids."

Source: National Post coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat

There was a revealing exchange reminiscent of a pivotal moment in the Massachusetts senate race earlier this year. Conway, the Democrat, said it was "a tremendous honor to be running for Wendell Ford's senate seat."

Paul replied, "I didn't know it was Wendell Ford's seat. I thought it was the people of Kentucky's seat."

The response mirrored an exchange that occurred in MA earlier this year, when a debate moderator made a reference to the late Ted Kennedy's senate seat and Scott Brown, the insurgent Republican, shot back: "It's not the Kennedy's seat. It's not the Democrat's seat. It's the people's seat."

"The people's seat" became the rallying cry for Brown, who won the race. The phrase neatly captured the zeitgeist of a year in which insurgent grass-roots candidates across the country have been a forceful presence.

Wendell Ford, a Democrat, holds a Kennedy-like place in the Kentucky political firmament. He represented Kentucky for 24 years in the Senate, & served as the state's governor.

Source: NY Times coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 3, 2010

This election really is about the president's agenda

I think this election really is about the president's agenda. Do you support the president's agenda or do you not support it? I think his agenda's wrong for America. I will stand up against Pres. Obama's agenda. And I think that's what people in Kentucky want.

Q: You say very little about Attorney General Conway on the campaign trail. Now's your chance.

PAUL: He needs to either defend his president or run away. So far he's running away from Pres. Obama and the agenda. He supports Obamacare. He supported repealing the tax cuts before he was against it. Cap and trade, he's been on both sides of the issue.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 3, 2010

A career doctor, not a career politician

Dr. Paul has been married to his loving wife, Kelley, for 19 years and has three boys. Rand Paul is a career doctor, not a politician. His entrance into politics is indicative of his life's work: a desire to diagnose problems, and provide practical solutions.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.randpaul2010.com, "Issues" , Jul 19, 2010

Son of Rep. Ron Paul; endorsed by Sarah Palin

When Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunnings announced his retirement as senator from Kentucky, it was assumed that the Republican secretary of state, Trey Grayson, would be the nominee. But Congressman Ron Paul's son, Rand Paul, is challenging him in a primary. Endorsed by Sarah Palin, he is stirring up quite a fuss. The Democrats are having a primary of their own, between Attorney General Jack Conway and Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. Both primaries could go either way.

But the seat should stay in Republican's hand in any event. After all, McCain carried Kentucky by sixteen points, and the Obama administration is waging war against coal, a chief engine of the state's economy. The Rasmussen Poll, taken on February 2, 2010, shows either Republican beating either Democrat.

Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p.146-147 , Apr 13, 2010

Member of the Tea Party movement.

Paul is a member the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

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