Rand: Debt Ceiling Deal ‘Unholy Compromise To Bankrupt The Country,’ ‘Badge of Honor’ I Don’t Miss Many Votes

Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul dubbed the agreement to raise the debt ceiling “an unholy compromise, to bankrupt the country” and stated, ” wear it as a badge of honor that I miss very, very few votes” on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Rand said, “I want everybody in America to call their congressman and say, giving President Obama an unlimited amount of borrowing power is a tragedy. It’s a disaster. This bill stinks to high heaven because we’re increasing the debt, with no limit. we’re giving President Obama a blank check until March, even after [he’s] out of office, until March of 2017 there’ll be no limits on borrowing. That’s a problem in our country. We’re borrowing a million dollars a minute. So, no, I think this is a terrible disaster, but it illustrates the problem in Washington. It’s Republicans and Democrats coming together, in an unholy compromise, to bankrupt the country.”

When asked about the South Florida Sun-Sentinel calling on fellow GOP presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio to resign because he’s missed votes in the Senate, Rand stated, “I take my voting record very, very seriously, and I’ve made 99% of the votes. I’m going to continue showing up because you’re right, I do get paid by the taxpayer, and I think it’s very important. So I think the voters of Kentucky want me to represent them, and I will continue to do so. And I wear it as a badge of honor that I miss very, very few votes.”

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