Paul criticizes Jeb Bush for his remarks on Iraq in an interview to Politico.
[Iraq] is an important question and [Bush gave] an incredibly fumbled answer…I don’t think it’s hypothetical whether or not it’s a good idea to topple secular dictators in the Middle East and hope to get a good outcome and hope that stability comes thereafter…I think every day we look at the mess of the chaos of the civil war in Iraq, I think every day people become more and more convinced that the war was a mistake. I think we have to learn from the mistakes of our past.
Paul lauds the federal appeals court’s ruling on NSA for illegal spying.
This is a big deal. We’ve been waiting for this for over a year now. I sued the NSA last year because I think that the whole program really is not consistent with the Fourth Amendment and what we find out today is that the appeals court thinks it’s not even consistent with the statute, the Patriot Act, which also goes on to mention that many people in congress had no idea this program was going on, and most of us don’t think that this program is consistent with what the Patriot Act actually said.
Paul reacts to the riots in Baltimore during an interview with radio host, Ingraham.
The police have to do what they have to do, and I am very sympathetic to the plight of the police in this…There are so many things [root causes] we can talk about. The breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of a moral code in our society.
Paul says that he has no regrets on sending open letter to Iran regarding the negations on nuclear deal in an interview with Beck on his radio show.
I don’t want just any old agreement, I want the agreement to mean something. Most of the sanctions [against Iran] were passed by Congress. The president can’t undo legislation on his own. This is this constant war we have with him that he thinks he can write or un-write law.
Paul calls the war against ISIS ‘illegal’ in an op-ed piece published by the Daily Beast.
This war is now illegal. It must be declared and made valid, or it must be ended.
Paul discusses his views on same sex marriage in an interview with Peter Hamby of CNN during an appearance at the College of Charleston.
I don’t want my guns registered in Washington or my marriage. Founding Fathers all got married by going down to the local courthouse. It is a local issue and always has been. Society’s changing, I mean, people change their minds all the time on this issue, and even within the Republican Party, there are people whose child turns out to be gay and they’re like, oh well maybe I want to rethink this issue. So it’s been rethought. The President’s rethought the issue. So I mean, a lot of people have rethought the issue. The bottom line is, I’m old fashioned, I’m a traditionalist. I believe in old-fashioned traditional marriage. But, I don’t really think the government needs to be too involved with this, and I think that the Republican Party can have people on both sides of the issue.
Buzzfeed uncovers a new passage in Paul’s book Government Bullies that is nearly identical to an article in Forbes magazine. The senator, who is buffeted by a steady stream of plagiarism allegations, which he has denied in the past, admits mistakes crediting sources and tells reporters:
Ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault; I never intentionally presented anyone’s ideas as my own.