As you know, Rand is Ron Paul’s son and he’s also the GOP nominee in Kentucky. Right Wing News did a far ranging interview that covered a large variety of topics including: The BP Oil Spill, his foreign policy views, the North American Union, the Arizona Immigration law, citizenship for the children of illegals, Minimum wage laws, and why the Left hates Rand Paul.
You can read it all here:
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Rand Paul: As far as how the rhetoric comes out of the presidency, I have said that I don’t like the statement that Ken Salazar made. We shouldn’t have a member of one of the President’s cabinet saying he’s going to put his boot heel on the throat of BP. I think if we want BP to clean up the mess, which I do, I think it would be better if we don’t have a President who by some appearances, tone, and rhetoric seems to be indicating that he’s trying to drive BP out of business — which I don’t think is a good idea.
Rand Paul: I also think that we need to have the courts review whether or not if you break the law to come into the U.S., whether your child would be a citizen just by being born here. Some point of the 14th amendment say you can’t do that. But the 14th amendment actually says that you will be a citizen as long as you are under the jurisdiction of the United States. Many argue that these children that are born to illegal aliens are really still under the jurisdiction of the Mexican government. I think we need to fight that out in the courts. If we lose, then I think we should amend the Constitution because I don’t think the 14th amendment was meant to apply to illegal aliens. It was meant to apply to the children of slaves.
Rand Paul: If you poll that the idea that the legislature should read the bills before they vote on them, most people tend to agree with that. I’m proposing they wait one day for every 20 pages — and that usually draws a few chuckles, but at the same time I’m serious. They tell me I need to wait to purchase a gun. I tell them you know what, you need to wait to pass legislation.
Rand Paul: So, for example, if tomorrow you said I’m a great humanitarian, I’d love the minimum wage rate to be $20 an hour. Well, you can do that and that will help the few people who keep jobs. But, let’s say McDonald’s had 20 people at $10 an hour — now they may have 10 people at $20 an hour. So it really creates unemployment. On the face of it, people will say, “Well, now these people make a better wage.” Well, they do, but they don’t see the unemployment that was created by doing that.
John Hawkins: Now, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the left side of the blogosphere and whom they talk about. I’ve got to tell you, after Sarah Palin, you seem to be the candidate liberals on these blogs are the most terrified of. Why do you think that is? You’re public enemy number two I would say right now…
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Yes, I know — I’m bordering on number one some days. I think they do fear a victory for the Tea Party and I’m seen as a victory for the Tea Party. They also want to vilify the Tea Party. They want to make the Tea Party into something that it’s not. The Tea Party really is about trying to fix a government that is truly broken and doesn’t obey any rules any longer. The things I talk about with the Tea Party, though, when you actually talk about them, you’ll find 70 and 80 percent of Democrats actually will agree with the things I’m proposing.
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