WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 – That Rand Paul is positioning himself to run for the 2016 presidency is hardly a secret. From his filibuster demanding AG accountability, to his fiery CPAC opening speech in which he explained the Senate floor event:
“My 13-hour filibuster was a message to the President - ‘Good intentions are not enough.’”
His actions of the last few days show there is little chance that the Senator from Kentucky is not testing the waters as he brings solutions to our most polarizing issues including immigration, abortion and American’s Constitutional rights to the national table.
Paul’s filibuster was about much more than confirmation of John Brennan as head of the CIA or even about drones. According to Paul, his actions were to challenge the President and the Democratic Party on their interpretations of one of the most important documents in American history, the Bill of Rights.
He then directly took President Obama to task for canceling White House tours, reportedly because of budget constraints, while sending $250 million to Egypt.
“I do want to help the President,” interjected Paul amidst loud applause. He offered alternative programs the President could have cut instead of eliminating White House tours, including absurd government-funded scientific studies. “Does it really take $3 million dollars to discover that monkeys, like humans, act crazy on meth?”
Today, during a phone press conference, the Senator discussed immigration saying:
“I think we’re trapped, the immigration debate is trapped by two terms, ‘path to citizenship’ and ‘amnesty’ … Can’t we have reform and just not call them by names that discourage the progress going further?”
Paul’s plan lets 11 million undocumented immigrants work legally during a probationary work period. They then would earn a green card, and then, after a period of time, gain full rights.
“As long as they don’t get in a new line, they would just get in the current line,” he said. “As long as those here want to work, I’d get them work visas as long as they want to apply, get in the normal … not a new pathway, it’s an existing pathway.”
“We need to show up and ask for their votes — say the Republican Party is not hostile to you as a person,” he said.
Paul is also talking about his Life at Conception Act, saying this afternoon that we “don’t disagree on the rights of a child at six month, or even one day. But before that, we disagree.”
“I plan to ensure this is upheld,” he says.
A press release from his office announced, “Sen. Paul introduced S.583, a bill that would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human.”
“This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions,” his office adds.
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states:
No State shall make or enforce any law, which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The bill has 15 cosponsors (all Republican) including Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Daniel Coats (Ind.), Thomas Coburn (Okla.), Michael Enzi (Wyo.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Charles “Chuck” Grassley (Iowa), John Hoeven (N.D.), James “Jim” Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), James Risch (Idaho), John Thune (S.D.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.)
“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known — that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection,” Sen. Paul says.
“The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all Members of Congress,” he added.
When asked if he is running for President in 2016, Paul said that he wants to be a part of the national conversation. I say that he is running.
And that the gRand Old Party better start watching the people that are watching Rand Paul.
Communities writers contributed to this report
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