Rand Paul: Boston Bombers Were ‘Coddled’ But Still ‘Decided To Attack Us’

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on November 14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The summit brought Republican presidential candidates in front of the Republican voters. (Photo by
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Presidential Candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tells radio host Jeff Kuhner that we “coddled” the Boston bombers, “gave them free stuff” and they still “decided to attack us.”

“The Boston bombers came here as refugees,” Paul said. “We coddled them, we gave them free stuff, we gave them free housing, and yet, they decided to attack us.”

“The fact that we had two Iraqi refugees posing as refugees come into our country and want to attack us with stinger missiles shows that it wasn’t, and I don’t believe still is, very rigorous,” he said.

Rand said that he met with Obama administration last week to discuss the risks associated with the refugee program.

“A woman from the administration acted offended because I implied that any refugees could be terrorists,” Paul said. “There is a great risk and it’s a mistake for the Obama administration to downplay the risk.”

Rand Paul promised to fight the administration and other supporters of the U.S. refugee program. He said that he has been fighting them “all week in the Senate” and promises that, “the battle’s not over.”

However, the Boston bombers did not enter the United States through the refugee program. They entered with six-month visas and then applied for asylum when they made it to the U.S.

Last week, Paul introduced a bill to that would place a moratorium on refugees, from countries with significant jihadi movements, from obtaining visas to enter into the United States.