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Rand Paul

Rand Paul (Republican, born January 7, 1963) has served as a U.S. Senator representing Kentucky since 2011. He is the son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas. Prior to serving in the Senate, Rand Paul was a practicing Opthamologist. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. (Wikipedia)

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Paul's positions on the issues:


Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Paul says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From "[T]he tax code has grown so corrupt, complicated, intrusive and antigrowth that I've concluded the system isn't fixable. So I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the entire IRS tax code - more than 70,000 pages - and replace it with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses."


How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Paul says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From Bloomberg: "[Paul] cited the the need to tighten border security before attempting anything else, but added that "the 11 million [illegal immigrants], I think, are never going home, don't need to be sent home, and I would incorporate them into our society by giving them work visas and making them taxpayers.""

The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Paul says: No.

From "As President of the United States, I will work to balance our budget and only spend what comes in. We must cut spending in all areas, particularly areas that are better run by state and local governments.... I have long been a proponent of adopting [a balanced budget amendment] for the Federal Government."

Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Paul says: Repeal ObamaCare and let people buy insurance if they want.

From "As your President, one of my first acts would be to repeal the abomination that is Obamacare.... Government interventions in health care have driven up the cost of coverage and decreased competition within the market. More-not less-freedom to choose and innovate will make sure our health care system remains the best in the world."

Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Paul says: Make it easier for Americans to own guns, so people can defend themselves.

From "As President, I vow to uphold our entire Bill of Rights, but specifically our right to bear arms.... I will not support any proposed gun control law which would limit the right to gun ownership by those who are responsible, law-abiding citizens. In the White House, I will remain vigilant in the fight against infringements on our Second Amendment rights."

Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Paul says: Yes.

From "Although I was born into the America that experiences and believes in opportunity, my trips to Ferguson, Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago have revealed that there is an undercurrent of unease brought forth by our unjust criminal justice system."


Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Paul says: No.

From the Hill: "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a recent interview that the science behind climate change is "not conclusive," calling people who tie extreme weather to a changing climate ignorant.... "What I would say is someone is an ignoramus who would say, 'Oh yeah, three hurricanes this year, this proves that somehow the climate is warming,'" Paul said."

Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Paul says: Be left to the states to decide.

From CNN: "[Paul] said the decision on whether to allow same-sex marriage should be left to the states, and that he believes in "the traditional religious connotation" to marriage - which religious conservatives believe should be reserved for one man and one woman."


How should America fight ISIS?

Paul says: Airstrikes and support for other countries to fight ISIS.

From Breitbart: ""Part of the problem is the Kurds aren't getting enough arms," Paul said.... "I think any arms coming from us or coming from any European countries ought to go directly to the Kurds.... When people say boots on the ground, I agree - there need to be Arab boots on the ground.""


How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Paul says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Paul's Op-Ed in Time: "Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation's sovereignty and an affront to the international community. His continuing occupation of Ukraine is completely unacceptable, and Russia's President should be isolated for his actions. It is America's duty to condemn these actions in no uncertain terms. It is our role as a global leader to be the strongest nation in opposing Russia's latest aggression."

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