PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kentucky Senator and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul was in Philadelphia for a fundraiser and to discuss his campaign for the Oval Office.
Paul, who appeared at the National Constitution Center as part of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT’s Speaker Series with Dom Giordano said if he wins the nomination he will take the fight to Hillary Clinton on issues of poverty and justice.
“I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, what have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison. Her husband was responsible for that. She’s changing her tune now but she’s changing her tune because people like me have been speaking out against these injustices. I’ll also ask her what she’s going to do for poor people in Philadelphia. I have a specific plan that would dramatically lower the taxes for people who live in zip codes of poverty and high unemployment. I would leave a billion dollars in Philadelphia over ten years. What’s Hillary Clinton going to do?”
He warned against continuing the same failed foreign policy decisions from Iraq, Syria, and Libya.
“The unintended consequences of the Iraq War are ISIS, instability, chaos, and we’re more at risk now. We’re having to go back over there because of ISIS. The same thing happened in Libya. The same thing is a question in Syria. Are we better off or worse off with Assad gone? We have people in my party who want to bomb both sides in that war. That want to bomb ISIS and they want to bomb Assad at the same time.”
Paul was also mildly critical of Republicans, who he said need to pay attention to the entire Bill of Rights.
“The Republican Party is a great party for the Second Amendment. Every Lincoln Day dinner, every Reagan Day dinner, everybody supports the Second Amendment. That’s great. So do I, but the thing is, some of the other Amendments are pretty important too. I think of the Fourth Amendment as the right to privacy. The Fifth and Sixth Amendment, to me, are the right to justice, to be treated justly, to have what’s call due process. The government doesn’t take it away without a procedure. You get a lawyer. You get a trial.”