Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who won the CPAC straw poll this year and garnered support from Democrats and Republicans for his recent filibuster on the government's drone program, appeared on Fox News Sunday and spoke with Chris Wallace about a number of issues. He was also asked about a 2016 run for president, which he said may happen, but that was not his focus. He simply wants to be a part of the national debate. However, in dealing with the issue of immigration, Paul stated that he believed the Congress should vote on that issue, because, in his words, "I don't really trust any president, Republican or Democrat, to do a good enough job to say the border is really secure."

 

The self-described libertarian conservative said he's always wanted to be a part of the national debate. Paul told Wallace that the Republican Party needs a candidate who will reach across party lines. In a conversation with the Republican National Committee chairman, he spoke about how the GOP can be competitive on the West Coast, Illinois and New England.

He said some of those ideas were a more libertarian approach to things. "I think that a lot of young people are attracted to that and our party could grow if we accepted something maybe a little bit different than the cookie cutter conservatives that we put out in the past."

While I disagree with Paul on his immigration reform giving a "legal status" to illegal aliens here now, I do think his E-Verify objection is warranted and dealt with that in a previous article.

Paul believes that the GOP needs to grow to encompass more people without leaving their principles, but by standing on them.

"I think the Republican Party needs to figure out how to be bigger," Paul said. "There are all kinds of issues that don't neatly fit in the left-right paradigm that I think would help, because we're not doing very well in a lot of these states, these purple and blue states, so we do need a candidate that would appeal across the left-right paradigm."

The Kentucky Senator believes that immigration reform is an issue in which the GOP can grow and he supports legislation that enables Congress to vote on border security every year as a part of an overall immigration-reform bill.

"You're only going to get the conservatives, particularly a Republican House, to pass immigration reform if we, as conservatives, are reassured the border is controlled and that we get to vote on whether the border is controlled," he said. "The main reason I don't want the president just to stamp it is, I don't really trust any president, Republican or Democrat, to do a good enough job to say the border is really secure. Every representative should get to vote on that."

No details on what would be involved in border security would entail were given.

As to other issues such as marijuana and same-sex marriage, Paul's views differentiate from many representatives. He said that nonviolent offenders serving jail terms is a "huge mistake" and I agree with him, mainly because that is what I see in the Bible. He also said that it exacerbates the problem by overcrowding jails.

"Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use," Paul said.

He took a Constitutional approach to the issue of same-sex "marriage," saying that the issue was a state issue and not a Federal one.

"Marriage has been a state issue for hundreds and hundreds of years," The Senator said. "I don't want the government promoting something I don't believe in, but I also don't mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue."

This is actually a good idea, seeing that many states continue to have laws on the books which define practicing homosexuality as a crime against nature, thus making the issue of homosexual "marriage" a moot point, as I pointed out yesterday. It is the Word of God and the Church of Jesus Christ that defines marriage.

Paul then spoke about his budget plan. He has only received 18 out of 100 senators support. He believes that the views of those in office are not necessarily the views of the American people and said, "I think the legislature's about 10 years behind the public."

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