US Elections 2016: Rand Paul Presidential Bid
Senator Rand Paul officially announced his presidential bid on April 7. He promised to be a different kind of Republican, took a jab at the “Washington machine,” vowed to end government surveillance, and promised change in constitution in terms of the budget.
“I am putting myself forward as a candidate for the United States of America”
Paul launched his presidential bid in Kentucky with an estimated audience of about 1,000 at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. In his bid, he promised to “clutch the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.”
“Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for the United States of America,” Paul said.
He promised his would-be voters that he will put an end to government surveillance, saying that phone records of Americans are none of the government’s “damn business.”
“As president, on day one, I will end this unconstitutional surveillance. I believe we can have liberty and security and I will not compromise your liberty for a false sense of security,” Paul said, as reported by ABC News.
He criticized the current administration, saying that politicians in power have “fill their personal piggybanks.” He took a jab at fellow Republicans, saying that those who are in power today have “squandered” the victory by adapting the culture he described as “The Washington machine.”
“Too often when Republicans have won, we’ve squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine. That’s not who I am.
“Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration and is now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch. We’ve come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank.”
He urged the people to force Congress to balance the budget. Only when people rise up and demand for Congress to balance the budget then it will be achieved, he said.
“Congress will never balance the budget. Our only recourse is to force Congress to balance the budget with a Constitutional amendment. We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests,” Paul said.
Paul has finally expressed his thoughts on the controversial Iran nuclear deal. He said he will adopt “peace through strength” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
“I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures and I will insist that final version be brought before Congress. The difference between President Obama and myself is he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness.”
Paul has also courageously named radical Islam as an enemy of mankind.
Defeating Hillary Clinton
On his Facebook Page, Paul criticized the national media, saying it tells Americans that the only way to defeat Hillary Clinton is by choosing a candidate with a track record full of sellouts, compromises and Big Government betrayals.
“So even though I’m at or near the top of every state poll for the nomination, they continue to try and dismiss my message of liberty and limited government! Thankfully, our national media doesn’t get to pick and choose our Republican Party’s presidential nominees,” Paul wrote.
He called for patriots to help him “send shockwaves through the American political system, win the White House and get on with the business of restoring American liberty.”
He then called for donations to his campaign.
“Do you believe the best way for our Republican Party to win the White House is by standing strong for our core principles? If so, please chip in your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or even $10 to my campaign’s Stand With Rand Money Bomb going on right now!”
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