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Rand Paul 2016


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  1. 1. Would you vote for Rand Paul in 2016?

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This needs to happen!!!

Fug Republicans and Democrats!! Libertarian all the way!!

Go ahead discuses (Note I don't agree with all of his positions, "abortion" but it is what it is)

Political positions

Paul supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the Read the Bills Act, in addition to the widespread reduction of federal spending and taxation. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues, often clashing with both Republicans and Democrats.[5]

Abortion and bioethics

Paul is opposed to abortion and supports a Human Life Amendment and a Life at Conception Act.[123][124][125] He also opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest,[126] but supports use of the morning-after pill.[127] He opposes federal funding for abortion.[124] He takes a states' rights position, favoring the overturn of Roe v. Wade and allowing states to decide on the legality of abortions without federal involvement.[128]

According to the Paul campaign, Paul received a 100% pro-life score on a Kentucky Right to Life survey[129] and indicated on the survey that he opposed human cloning. This was disputed by Kentucky Right to Life, however, who endorsed Paul's primary opponent instead and claimed that Paul did not, in fact, answer the cloning question.[130]

Campaign finance reform

Paul opposes the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 and has called it a "dangerous piece of legislation".[131] Instead, he supports regulating the contracts given out byCongress and placing limits on corporations receiving government contracts. Paul opposes legislation limiting the amount of money individuals, corporations, and organizations can give to candidates. Additionally, Paul has proposed "mandating a clause in all federal contracts over $1 million that requires the recipient to pledge not to lobby government or contribute to campaigns during the terms of the contract."[131][132]

Civil liberties

Paul opposes the USA PATRIOT Act, including warrantless searches and breach of individual privacy.[133] He has also proposed that the TSA be eliminated.[134]

Economics and tax cuts

Paul has been a longtime opponent of the bank and auto industry bailouts.

He also opposes the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the Federal Reserve's control of the money supply and interest rates. He has advocated allowing the free market to regulate interest rates, and supports Congress' constitutional role in controlling the money supply. Paul endorses H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, a bill, introduced by his father, mandating an audit of the Federal Reserve. Paul supports transparency and accountability of the semi-private institution. Additionally, Paul opposesinflation and supports "restoring the value of the dollar that has devalued by approximately 95% since the Federal Reserve's inception in 1913".[135]

Paul supports tax cuts and a balanced budget amendment, and has criticized both Republicans and Democrats on deficit spending.[136]


Paul supports returning control of education to local communities and parents and thus eliminating the federal Department of Education, but he says that some functions of the Department of Education, such as disbursing student loans and Pell Grants, should be transferred to other departments instead of being eliminated.[137][138] Paul opposes federal regulation of homeschooling.[139]


Paul supports allowing the free market to compete and dictate which forms of energy to use. He opposes subsidizing energy companies, and would support allowing tax breaks for companies that produce alternative energy such as wind, solar, or geothermal. He has said that subsidizing the energy industry will only add incentive for companies to lobby the federal government.[140]

Health care

Paul opposes federal government involvement in health care. He has stated that he would repeal the *** Act of 1973 that "drives a wedge between the patient and [one's] doctor".[141] He believes that government has driven up the cost of health care and causes the quality and coverage to decrease. Paul would support a free market approach to health care, including tax deductions for medical expenses. He opposes federal regulations discouraging businesses from providing coverage. He supports Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).[141] On Medicare, Paul has suggested higher deductibles as well as changes to premiums or eligibility rules as ways to address what he sees as the program's looming financial problems, saying "You want to have more participation by the person who's receiving the entitlement... by that I mean that they need to be more involved with some sort of economic transaction every time they use their entitlement, and that means they have to bear more of the burden."[142] Paul also stated that he does not support such changes for current retirees or people nearing retirement.[142] Following the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Senator Paul released a statement saying, "Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional."[143]

Illegal immigration

Paul has proposed adding security to the border by installing an electronic fence and helicopter stations to respond to breaches.[144] He opposes birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.[145] Paul has said that courts should review the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," to conclude whether or not it should apply to the children of illegal immigrants. If court challenges fail, Paul would support a constitutional amendment that would deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States.[146]


Paul believes the issue of medical marijuana is a states' rights issue and that the federal government should not interfere.[147] In August, the Associated Press reported that Paul said he was opposed to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes,[148] but the Paul campaign says he was misquoted.[147] Though Paul describes himself as a "social conservative," he was nonetheless described by the AP reporter as holding "libertarian leanings on drugs" and believing some drug sentences were too harsh.[148]He announced plans to propose eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana possession in November 2012.[149]

Foreign policy and national defense

Paul holds that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, and that the greatest national security threat is the lack of border security. He supports eliminating issuance of visas to people from “about ten rogue nations.” He supports trying terrorists caught on the battlefield in military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Paul believes that when the United States goes to war, Congress must declare war as mandated by the United States Constitution.[150]

During his 2010 Senate campaign Paul questioned the idea that U.S. Middle East policy is "killing more terrorists than it creates." He supported the war in Afghanistan and opposed rapid withdrawal from Iraq.[151] He says he would have voted against the invasion of Iraq and questioned whether the intelligence was manipulated."[152]

He also spoke against U.S. overseas military bases.[153]

Same-sex marriage

Paul personally opposes same-sex marriage, but believes the issue should be left to the States to decide.[125]

Second Amendment

Paul would oppose all gun control legislation, a position he says is supported by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.[154

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He is not quite as out there as his old man. I marked unsure, because I need to learn a little more about his policies, but from what I have heard, I don't think I would vote for him.

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I would love nothing more then to have the old man Ron Paul run again... But it looks like he hanging up the hat for good, and Rand is the next best thing

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He's not a libertarian.

He's the closest thing to one that is quote "electable"

Gary Johnson was in line with most issues but just didn't fit the bill as president material

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If only he was a libertarian.

This. He's not even close, he's just a right wing whacko. I like his dad but have very little if any respect for him.

The only republican I can think of that I would vote for is Jon Huntsman.

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This. He's not even close, he's just a right wing whacko. I like his dad but have very little if any respect for him.

The only republican I can think of that I would vote for is Jon Huntsman.

i love you.

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Let's also not forget he almost looks exactly like Jason Garrett.

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