Rand: If Hillary Wants to Fix CJ System, She Should Oppose ‘Busybody’ Taxes

Rand: If Hillary Wants to Fix CJ System, She Should Oppose ‘Busybody’ Taxes

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to Hillary Clinton’s remarks regarding the Eric Garner decision by saying that would “welcome her support” for his criminal justice initiatives, but that she “needs to have a little more concrete proposals” and has a belief in “busybody” government on Thursday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.

Paul said, “I have six different bills to reform the criminal justice system, and we would welcome Hillary Clinton, if she would like to come and help us to promote this agenda. I’ve been working with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), and other Democrats. And if she wants to join me, and help to support these bills that I’m pushing on criminal justice we would welcome her support.”

He later added, “I think she needs to have a little more concrete proposals. We have quite a few. We think the war on drugs has gone too far. We think that many of these things could be addressed as misdemeanors, not felonies, but we also think that taxing cigarettes $5.85 criminalizes otherwise law-abiding people, and so the question specifically to her is, would she try to make the sale of cigarettes not such a burdensome thing that it drives people into the black market and my guess is that her notion of sort of the busybody nature of government is that she wouldn’t support reducing taxes.”

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