Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) declared that what you say on your cell phone is “none of the government’s damn business” on Thursday’s “Hannity on the Fox News Channel.
Describing his supporters, Paul said, “these kids are sort of the ‘leave me alone’ coalition, they want to believe that what they say on their cell phone is none of the government’s damn business.”
Paul also stated that in order to balance the budget, “we’d cut spending. Absolutely, you have to cut spending across the board. I’m a big fan of the penny plan, cut 1% across the board. Your budget balances in about five years,”although, he did point to legislation he produced that had defense spending above sequestration levels.
Paul also argued that beating ISIS is important, and that the US should arm the Kurds, but “I think we shouldn’t have the arms stopping in Baghdad. The problem is is that when they stop in Baghdad, the Shiite militias and Shiite army grab up the good arms, and there’s not enough left for the people who actually will fight, which is the Kurds.
On abortion, Paul declared “I’m 100% pro-life,” when asked about possible exceptions for incest and rape, he stated “I think it all — the whole decision and the whole discussion is based on when’s life begin. And that’s where the big battle is over people. When does life begin? When life begins, and when we decide it begins, then it deserves to be [protected].”
On same-sex marriage, he said “I’m old fashioned. you know, I think marriage is between a man and a woman, but I’m also open to the sense that legally I don’t think we should discriminate against people, and that if people want to have a contract with another adult, there’s no reason why the law should discriminate and prevent them from having benefits, or custody, or seeing people in the hospital. All that stuff can be arranged through contracts.”
He concluded that whether Colorado’s marijuana legalization was a good idea was was “yet to be determined. But, I think freedom, for the most part, is a good thing. States rights is a good thing. My position has always been not necessarily, ‘hey, let’s legalize everything.’ But, my position has been ‘let’s don’t put people in jail for a decade or for 30 years.'”
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