Rand Paul Set To Announce Presidential Bid Tomorrow
Senator Rand Paul has been vocal in advocating for privacy rights, term limits, an audit of the Federal Reserve, a balanced budget amendment, and the “Read the Bills Act,” in addition to the widespread reduction of federal spending and lower taxation. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues, often clashing with both Republicans and Democrats.
He gained widespread attention in March of 2013, for his talking filibuster to block voting on the nomination of John O. Brennan as the Director of the CIA, questioning Barack Obama and his administration’s use of drones, and the administration’s stated legal justification for hypothetical lethal use within the United States against American citizens.
Paul held the floor for 12 hours and 52 minutes, at times ceding to several other Republican senators as well as one Democratic senator, Ron Wyden, who joined in questioning the use of drones and related topics. Paul noted the purpose of the filibuster was mostly regarding drone policy, particularly usage on noncombatants on U.S. soil. He argued that the language that Obama administration officials had used when questioned over potential usage of drones was troubling, and could potentially lead to a slippery slope where citizens could be targeted merely for expressing views different from those of the president. He asked the Obama administration to agree that they would not target noncombatants on U.S. soil.
Senator Rand Paul has been talked about as a 2016 candidate since the end of the 2012 elections and according to sources he is set to announce his candidacy tomorrow, April 7, 2015.
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