Top 246 Rand Paul Quotes

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“I grew up in a family that despised not only communism but collectivism, socialism, and any ‘ism’ that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights.”

― Rand Paul

“Some Libertarians argue that Western occupation fans the flames of radical Islam; I agree. But I don’t agree that, absent Western occupation, that radical Islam ‘goes quietly into that good night.’”

― Rand Paul

“Communism can’t survive the captivating allure of capitalism.”

― Rand Paul

“In America, as opposed to the old country, success was based on merit.”

― Rand Paul

“Both sides of the aisle – Republican and Democrat – have been unwilling and afraid to address the deficit, and someone’s got to.”

― Rand Paul

“It is time for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire.”

― Rand Paul

“The thing is I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we have. I’m a big fan and a great fan of the history of the development of the smallpox vaccine, for example.”

― Rand Paul

“The government has a history of not treating people fairly, from the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to African-Americans in the Civil Rights era.”

― Rand Paul

“The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments.”

― Rand Paul

“I have a question, a question for the president: Do you hate all rich people, or just rich people who don’t contribute to your campaign? Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?”

― Rand Paul

“You know, you look at term limits, you poll term limits, 70, 80 percent of Republicans or Democrats are for it.”

― Rand Paul

“Most police officers are good cops and good people.”

― Rand Paul

“You can’t promulgate injustice without consequences.”

― Rand Paul

“The Stamp Act was a direct tax imposed on the colonies by King George III. This act inevitably led to the American Revolution. Just as the Stamp Act did in 1765, Obamacare should act as a wake-up call. Chief Justice Roberts provides us with a similar call to action.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘gay rights,’ because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”

― Rand Paul

“What gets lost is that the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights.”

― Rand Paul

“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked.”

― Rand Paul

“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation’s sovereignty and an affront to the international community.”

― Rand Paul

“As a doctor, I will take it and make it my mission to heal the nation, reverse the course of Obamacare, and repeal every last bit of it.”

― Rand Paul

“Black unemployment is twice white unemployment and has been for decade after decade.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t think you will meet anyone in Israel who will ever burn the American flag.”

― Rand Paul

“You know, when Republicans were in charge, we doubled the debt. But, now, our concern is the Democrats are in charge and they’re tripling the debt. So, really, our concern is that we want smaller government.”

― Rand Paul

“What I’ve always said is that I’m opposed to institutional racism, and I would’ve, had I’ve been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism.”

― Rand Paul

“I would never belong to any club that excluded anybody for race.”

― Rand Paul

“What I say is, national defense is the most important thing we do in Washington, but there’s still waste in the military budget.”

― Rand Paul

“The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.”

― Rand Paul

“If our freedom is taken, the American dream will wither and die.”

― Rand Paul

“We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.”

― Rand Paul

“We could try freedom for a while. We had it for a long time. That’s where you sell something, and I agree to buy it because I like it. That is how we operate in most of rest of the marketplace other than health care.”

― Rand Paul

“I think public awareness of how good vaccines are for kids and how they are good for public health is a great idea.”

― Rand Paul

“I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

― Rand Paul

“I would rather not have contentious interviews. I’d rather do 30 minutes with Charlie Rose, laid back in a La-Z-Boy chair.”

― Rand Paul

“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Many of those people deserve to be in prison; however, some of them do not.”

― Rand Paul

“The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence, and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all members of Congress.”

― Rand Paul

“It isn’t hard to find injustice around us, but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there is something profoundly un-American about using the brute force of government to bully someone.”

― Rand Paul

“Washington is horribly broken. We are encountering a day of reckoning and this movement, this Tea Party movement, is a message to Washington that we’re unhappy and that we want things done differently.”

― Rand Paul

“Just because a majority of the Supreme Court declares something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”

― Rand Paul

“I, for one, will remain constantly vigilant of a government that admits its transgressions of liberty only when they are caught lying.”

― Rand Paul

“I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We’ve come to take our government back.”

― Rand Paul

“I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator.”

― Rand Paul

“The problem is that in our country, they make it almost impossible for politicians to win anything. In England it’s easier to win a libel suit.”

― Rand Paul

“Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?”

― Rand Paul

“My first choice had always been my father. He’s still my first pick. Now that the nominating process is over, tonight, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be supporting Governor Romney.”

― Rand Paul

“As long as I sit at Henry Clay’s desk, I will remember his lifelong desire to forge agreement, but I will also keep close to my heart the principled stand of his cousin, Cassius Clay, who refused to forsake the life of any human, simply to find agreement.”

― Rand Paul

“A Tea Party tidal wave is coming.”

― Rand Paul

“I call myself a constitutional conservative.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t want to live in a nanny state where people are telling me where I can go and what I can do.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m the third of five children.”

― Rand Paul

“I’ve had an interest in politics since I was a little kid.”

― Rand Paul

“We should not have the U.S. government buying stock in American industries – the financial industry or any other industry.”

― Rand Paul

“We as Republicans have taken the easy way out a lot of times.”

― Rand Paul

“You can’t have it both ways. You can’t tell me that you’re taxed enough already, and that you want constitutional government and then in the next breath say, ‘Bring me home some bacon.’ The pig has been picked clean.”

― Rand Paul

“I think my dad has helped me tremendously.”

― Rand Paul

“I read all of Ayn Rand’s novels when I was 17.”

― Rand Paul

“In 1997, I, along with 200 other young ophthalmologists formed the National Board of Ophthalmology to protest the American Board of Ophthalmology’s decision to grandfather in the older ophthalmologists and not require them to recertify.”

― Rand Paul

“A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin.”

― Rand Paul

“I think a lot of things could be handled locally.”

― Rand Paul

“I think that most manufacturing and mining should be under the purview of state authorities.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m not in favor of any discrimination of any form.”

― Rand Paul

“Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant?”

― Rand Paul

“I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person.”

― Rand Paul

“I tell people I won’t vote to go to war unless I’m ready to go or send my kids.”

― Rand Paul

“Let’s means-test benefits – let’s means-test Social Security and Medicare and make the rich pay more for these benefits.”

― Rand Paul

“The Republican platform specifically says we don’t believe in bailing out private business, and yet we did.”

― Rand Paul

“Giving someone a one-time stimulus check, or a one-time tax cut that expires doesn’t allow the predictability that business needs.”

― Rand Paul

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t plan on being bashful.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m not someone who’s sort of still trying to figure out what I believe in.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t think I’m really open to having Washington change me.”

― Rand Paul

“People don’t like to vote against something that’s so incredibly popular.”

― Rand Paul

“Everybody is looking for an election where they can do something and participate.”

― Rand Paul

“If you force legislators to balance, at the end of the day, if it has to be balanced, then they step up and they become legislators and can find out where to cut.”

― Rand Paul

“Republicans traditionally say, ‘oh, we’ll cut domestic spending, but we won’t touch the military.’ The liberals – the ones who are good – will say, ‘oh, we’ll cut the military, but we won’t cut domestic spending.’”

― Rand Paul

“We don’t need bigger government. We need to shrink the size of government.”

― Rand Paul

“You need to have people within your own party that have the wherewithal to stand up to you.”

― Rand Paul

“You shouldn’t have one opinion when you’re running and another when you’re president.”

― Rand Paul

“You don’t win as a party unless you become a bigger party.”

― Rand Paul

“You don’t go into politics unless you want to win.”

― Rand Paul

“All issues of crime are better addressed at the state level.”

― Rand Paul

“I would have voted ‘no’ on the Iraq war and ‘yes’ to Afghanistan.”

― Rand Paul

“The main thing I say on war is that we need to obey the law and formally declare war.”

― Rand Paul

“Foreign aid is not something the vast majority of Americans support, but definitely not conservatives.”

― Rand Paul

“I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias.”

― Rand Paul

“I think really that you shouldn’t run as a conservative if you’re not.”

― Rand Paul

“The Republican Party is an empty vessel unless we imbue it with values.”

― Rand Paul

“I think we need to treat everybody with dignity.”

― Rand Paul

“Do we fear terrorism so much that we throw out our Constitution, and are we unwilling and afraid to debate our Constitution?”

― Rand Paul

“I’ve been accused of wanting to allow terrorists to have weapons to attack America.”

― Rand Paul

“Some people say I chastise the Republican Party too much.”

― Rand Paul

“The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.”

― Rand Paul

“American inventiveness and the desire to build developed because we were guaranteed the right to own our success.”

― Rand Paul

“For most of our history, no one dared to tell Americans, ‘you don’t build that.’”

― Rand Paul

“My great-grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American dream.”

― Rand Paul

“My grandfather would live to see his children become doctors and ministers, accounts and professors.”

― Rand Paul

“You campaigned against rich people and you got enough envy whipped up in the country and you’re gonna get ’em. You’re gonna stick it to those rich people. But guess what? You may not get anymore revenue. You may not get anymore economic growth. But you can say, ‘I stuck it to the rich people.’”

― Rand Paul

“And when the time is right, I hope that African Americans will again look to the party of emancipation, civil liberty, and individual freedom.”

― Rand Paul

“Big and oppressive government has long been the enemy of freedom, something black Americans know all too well.”

― Rand Paul

“We should not have drug laws or a court system that disproportionately punishes the black community.”

― Rand Paul

“Using taxes to punish the rich, in reality, punishes everyone because we are all interconnected. High taxes and excessive regulation and massive debt are not working.”

― Rand Paul

“Because Republicans believe that the federal government is limited in its function-some have concluded that Republicans are somehow inherently insensitive to minority rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

― Rand Paul

“Every child in every neighborhood, of every color, class and background, deserves a school that will help them succeed.”

― Rand Paul

“The Republican Party’s history is rich and chock full of emancipation and black history.”

― Rand Paul

“The Democrats promised equalizing outcomes through unlimited federal assistance while Republicans offered something that seemed less tangible – the promise of equalizing opportunity through free markets.”

― Rand Paul

“No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act.”

― Rand Paul

“I would argue that the objective evidence shows that big government is not a friend to African Americans.”

― Rand Paul

“The Republican promise is for policies that create economic growth. Republicans believe lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budgets, a solvent Social Security and Medicare will stimulate economic growth.”

― Rand Paul

“I think what happened during the Great Depression was that African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights but they became impatient for economic emancipation.”

― Rand Paul

“Democrats in Louisville were led by Courier-Journal editor Henry Watterson and were implacably opposed to blacks voting.”

― Rand Paul

“To understand how Republicans lost the African American vote, we must first understand how we won the African American vote.”

― Rand Paul

“Of strong importance to me is the defense of minority rights, not just racial minorities, but ideological and religious minorities.”

― Rand Paul

“If you hear me out, I believe you’ll discover that what motivates me more than any other issue is the defense of everyone’s rights.”

― Rand Paul

“The most important thing you will do is yet to be seen. For me, I found my important thing to do when I learned to do surgery on the eye, when I learned to restore a person’s vision.”

― Rand Paul

“In our state, I’m really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democrat Party. So I am proud to be Republican. I can’t imagine being anything else.”

― Rand Paul

“To defend our country we need to gather intelligence on the enemy, but when the intelligence lies to Congress, how are we to trust them? The phone records of law abiding citizens are none of their damn business.”

― Rand Paul

“Standing up on the right to trial by jury is something that, really, a lot of people should agree with, you know, both on the Right and the Left.”

― Rand Paul

“I think people are hungry for someone who will stand up on principle.”

― Rand Paul

“Conservatives have always wanted border security before we had immigration reform.”

― Rand Paul

“I would argue that you’re only going to get the conservatives, particularly a Republican House, to pass immigration reform if we, as conservatives, are reassured that the border is controlled and that we get to vote on whether the border is controlled.”

― Rand Paul

“The Hepatitis B vaccine is now given to newborns. We sometimes give five and six vaccines all at one time.”

― Rand Paul

“The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children.”

― Rand Paul

“The government can’t even do a good job of something as simple as running the Post Office. How can it be expected to do a good job with something really important, like educating our children?”

― Rand Paul

“The realization is dawning that government doesn’t work. In Silicon Valley, they already get this. And they are bright enough to be asking what we can do to solve problems.”

― Rand Paul

“The defeat of Obamacare will come from the realization that the very idea of a government-administered health care system is absurd… and by people opting out of the system and developing workarounds.”

― Rand Paul

“Under Obamacare, it virtually is impossible to find out the price of anything. That’s not the way to make health care affordable.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m for immigration reform. I think the system’s horribly broken, and we need to do something about it.”

― Rand Paul

“I think the key to getting rid of illegal immigration, no matter where its coming from, is that you need to have a good legal apparatus for immigration.”

― Rand Paul

“I believe that in the historic and religious nature, marriage is between a man and a woman.”

― Rand Paul

“Marriage has always been a state and local issue.”

― Rand Paul

“I think young people of all races are interested in justice; maybe not so much taxes and regulations, but they’re interested in justice and the right to privacy on the Internet.”

― Rand Paul

“Nobody should be sent indefinitely into detention; everybody should have their day in court.”

― Rand Paul

“Really, having a gun registry and having to rely on the government to keep it secret, the government isn’t so great at keeping confidences.”

― Rand Paul

“One of the reasons I come to California is that the Republican party seems to have given up on California, and my message to those in California is that we’re going to compete nationally as a party, and that includes California.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t program or code or anything like that.”

― Rand Paul

“I can use most of the tools that every American teenager can master. Maybe not all of them.”

― Rand Paul

“In some communities, I show up, and they say, ‘Well, we haven’t seen our Democrat congressman in 10 years.’”

― Rand Paul

“If you go to prison, your child support adds up.”

― Rand Paul

“I think the over-militarization of local police forces is also true of the over-militarization of the federal government, so I don’t really run and hide from the comment that I think there are 48 federal agencies that have SWAT teams.”

― Rand Paul

“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and forgetfulness cause a nation to hesitate, to waver, and perhaps even to succumb. When that time comes, those who love liberty must rise to the occasion. Will you lovers of liberty rise to the occasion?”

― Rand Paul

“I ran for office originally as part of this Tea Party Movement because we were upset with Republicans who’ve doubled the debt. We were upset with Republicans that bailed out the banks.”

― Rand Paul

“My tax cut would cut hundreds of billions of dollars. So to do it, you have to be willing to cut spending, too. But if you were to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes, that money’s left in communities.”

― Rand Paul

“Appalachia, my state, eastern Kentucky, has a large amount of poverty.”

― Rand Paul

“The real debate is, when does life begin? When life begins, it deserves protection.”

― Rand Paul

“I think if you’re forthright and answer a lot of questions, sometimes you’ll get people who won’t let you answer the questions, and that makes for a difficult answer.”

― Rand Paul

“I give thousands of interviews, and I’m probably about as open as anybody in Washington as far as access goes, so I’ll continue to do that.”

― Rand Paul

“If any Republican nominee wants to run on the idea that borrowing money and printing it up and sending it to foreign countries that often hate us and burn our flag and think it’s a good idea, feel free to run on that issue. But it’s not really popular with the people.”

― Rand Paul

“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.”

― Rand Paul

“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.”

― Rand Paul

“Even under Obamacare, there are people that get subsidized insurance. But that has a $6,000 deductible. What do you think they do with that $6,000 deductible? They are still a nonpayer.”

― Rand Paul

“Even before ObamaCare, the government took care of the bottom 5 or 10 percent of the public who were on Medicaid.”

― Rand Paul

“What ObamaCare did was take some of the things we did for the poor and expanded the government to basically the whole marketplace.”

― Rand Paul

“The Palestinian Authority gets money from the American taxpayer.”

― Rand Paul

“I’ve repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons.”

― Rand Paul

“We woke up one day, and Pakistan had nuclear weapons.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m not questioning Dick Cheney’s motives. There’s a chance for a conflict of interest. At one point in time, he was opposed to going into Baghdad. Then he was out of office and involved in the defense industry, and then he became for going into Baghdad.”

― Rand Paul

“The Constitution’s pretty clear. The Federalist papers are pretty clear… They very specifically delegated the power to declare war to Congress. They wanted this to be a congressional decision; they did not want war to be engaged in by the executive without approval of Congress.”

― Rand Paul

“I think that ISIS is a threat to our embassy, to our consulate, as well as potentially to the American people.”

― Rand Paul

“We’ve gone too far in thinking we can re-create an American democratic paradise in the Middle East.”

― Rand Paul

“Income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors.”

― Rand Paul

“I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.”

― Rand Paul

“As a Christian, I believe in redemption. And I believe in second chances.”

― Rand Paul

“I rode my bike to school every day from age five to age fourteen. It was a small town – you could go anywhere.”

― Rand Paul

“My dad was one of only four congressmen who supported Reagan.”

― Rand Paul

“My budget is similar to the Penny Plan, which cuts 1 percent a year for five or six years and balances the budget.”

― Rand Paul

“Many Americans who have suffered during a recession have had to cut their spending 1 percent, and they didn’t like doing it, but they were able to do it to get their family’s finances back in order.”

― Rand Paul

“I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant – but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.”

― Rand Paul

“In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people, who have abhorrent behavior, but if we’re civilized people, we publicly criticize that, and don’t belong to those groups or don’t associate with those people.”

― Rand Paul

“William Lloyd Garrison was up there with Frederick Douglass being thrown off trains and going through what happened in the 1960s in 1840 in Boston.”

― Rand Paul

“No one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt, to charge an individual, to judge the guilt of an individual and to execute an individual.”

― Rand Paul

“No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found guilty of a crime by a court.”

― Rand Paul

“If you have ‘too big to fail’ for cities or for states, and they believe they’ll be bailed out, they’ll continue to make unwise decisions.”

― Rand Paul

“You don’t set up an implicit promise from the federal government that everybody is getting bailed out.”

― Rand Paul

“It seems the most common thing for serial interventionists to do these days is to lob the term ‘isolationist’ at anyone who does not agree with their latest folly, and then set up a straw man about those people not wanting to be involved in the world.”

― Rand Paul

“People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.”

― Rand Paul

“What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith.”

― Rand Paul

“I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future.”

― Rand Paul

“Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot.”

― Rand Paul

“We live in a democracy, and people are free to sometimes choose the wrong leader.”

― Rand Paul

“If U.S. occupation is a primary recruitment tool and what inspires Islamic terrorists, are many of our current efforts overseas actually fighting terrorism and diminishing the threat?”

― Rand Paul

“The West is in for a long, irregular confrontation – not with terrorism, which is simply a tactic, but with radical Islam.”

― Rand Paul

“Throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, federal mandatory minimum laws were implemented that forced judges to deliver sentences far lengthier than they would have if allowed to use their own discretion. The result has been decades of damage, particularly to young people.”

― Rand Paul

“Mandatory minimum sentencing has disproportionately affected blacks, Hispanics and others who often don’t have the financial means to fight back.”

― Rand Paul

“Judges can determine fair justice far better than any inane federal mandate.”

― Rand Paul

“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known – that human life begins at the moment of conception and, therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward.”

― Rand Paul

“I want to be judged by who I am, not by a relationship.”

― Rand Paul

“The biggest thing I’ve learned from my dad is he’s had adoring crowds of 8,000 at Berkeley, and 6,000 at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. That’s an amazing feat to have people coming out in one of the most liberal universities and one of the most conservative.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m not against the NSA. I’m not against spying; I’m not against looking at phone records.”

― Rand Paul

“Whether you breach the Fourth Amendment 20 percent of the time or 100 percent of the time, it’s still not the point. The point is whether or not you still collect millions of people’s information with a single warrant.”

― Rand Paul

“Was anybody else bothered by the sight of mine-resistant vehicles and guns pointed at unarmed men in Ferguson?”

― Rand Paul

“Freedom is popular. Bring it on.”

― Rand Paul

“It is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans and an affront to our Republic to spy on the Senate.”

― Rand Paul

“The world does not have an Islam problem; the world has a dignity problem.”

― Rand Paul

“You can’t solve a dignity problem with military force.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t think you should have everybody’s information from their bank. There should be some process: accusations and proof that you’ve committed a crime.”

― Rand Paul

“Putin must be punished for violating the Budapest Memorandum, and Russia must learn that the U.S. will isolate it if it insists on acting like a rogue nation.”

― Rand Paul

“I would support immediate construction of the Keystone Pipeline.”

― Rand Paul

“America is a world leader, but we should not be its policeman or ATM.”

― Rand Paul

“If you refuse to acknowledge that there is any waste that can be culled from the military budget, you are a big-government conservative, and you cannot lay claim to balancing the budget.”

― Rand Paul

“The Ukraine has a long history of either being part of the Soviet Union or within that sphere.”

― Rand Paul

“We still need to be conscious of the fact that Russia has intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

― Rand Paul

“I believe the answers to most problems that confront us around the world can and should be approached by engaging both friend and foe in dialogue. No, I don’t naively think that dialogue always works, but I believe we should avoid the rigidity of saying that dialogue never works.”

― Rand Paul

“I have a biology degree, okay?”

― Rand Paul

“As president, I would promote a Fair and Flat Tax plan, known as the ‘EZ Tax.’ My tax plan would be the largest tax cut in American history, reforming individual, business, and worker taxes.”

― Rand Paul

“Stop spending money you don’t have.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m proud of my decade-long fight to have all ophthalmologists re-certify, regardless of age.”

― Rand Paul

“Let’s overwhelm the Castro regime with iPhones, iPads, American cars and American ingenuity.”

― Rand Paul

“I support engagement, diplomacy, and trade with Cuba, China, Vietnam, and many countries with less than stellar human rights records, because I believe that once enslaved people taste freedom and see the products of capitalism, they will become hungry for freedom themselves.”

― Rand Paul

“I think the Supreme Court has not yet caught up to an era in which one keeps one’s papers in a cloud, not a castle.”

― Rand Paul

“In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Smith v. Maryland that a few days’ worth of phone records for a single individual were not protected by the Fourth Amendment. The NSA today, though, collects hundreds of millions of phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans without an individualized warrant.”

― Rand Paul

“General Hayden knows full well the powerful and invasive nature of metadata.”

― Rand Paul

“How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need – and how bulk collection really hasn’t worked.”

― Rand Paul

“I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.”

― Rand Paul

“Bulk collection of phone records didn’t find or stop the Tsarnaev brothers from the massacre in Boston. In fact, one might argue that all of the money spent on bulk collection takes money away from human analysts that might have noticed the older brother’s trip to become radicalized in Chechnya.”

― Rand Paul

“Individual warrants every day are used to arrest dangerous people.”

― Rand Paul

“The sacrifice of our personal liberty for security is and will forever be a false choice.”

― Rand Paul

“The Supreme Court must strike down the government’s illegal spying program as a violation of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy.”

― Rand Paul

“Opponents of civil liberties contend the NSA data collection has made our country more safe, but even the most vocal defenders of the program have failed to identify a single thwarted plot.”

― Rand Paul

“The NSA should keep close watch on suspected terrorists to keep our country safe – through programs permitting due process, the naming of a suspect, and oversight by an accountable court.”

― Rand Paul

“Although I was born into the America that experiences and believes in opportunity, my trips to Ferguson, Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago have revealed that there is an undercurrent of unease.”

― Rand Paul

“We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal system.”

― Rand Paul

“I believe that most police are conscientious and want only to provide safety for us.”

― Rand Paul

“In the search for culpability for the tragedy in Ferguson, I mostly blame politicians.”

― Rand Paul

“Michael Brown’s death and the suffocation of Eric Garner in New York for selling untaxed cigarettes indicate something is wrong with criminal justice in America.”

― Rand Paul

“For too long, we’ve attached some mythic notion to government solutions, and yet, 40 years after we began the War on Poverty, poverty still abounds.”

― Rand Paul

“When you look at statistics for the white community alone, you see that we’ve become two separate worlds in which the successful are educated and wait to have children until they are married, and those in poverty are primarily those without higher education and with children outside of marriage.”

― Rand Paul

“Evil can and is overcome every minute of every day.”

― Rand Paul

“America has much greatness left in her.”

― Rand Paul

“Laws don’t really restrain people. Ninety-eight percent of people follow a virtuous course with or without laws.”

― Rand Paul

“What America needs is not just another politician or more promises. What America needs is a revival.”

― Rand Paul

“Government can supply bread, but it can’t mend a broken spirit.”

― Rand Paul

“’Peace through Strength’ only works if you have and show strength.”

― Rand Paul

“After all the sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq, why do we find ourselves in a more dangerous world?”

― Rand Paul

“We should revoke passports from any Americans or dual citizens who are fighting with ISIS.”

― Rand Paul

“If I had been in President Obama’s shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS.”

― Rand Paul

“If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.”

― Rand Paul

“There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.”

― Rand Paul

“Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies – where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement.”

― Rand Paul

“I’ve been fighting amidst a lot of opposition from both Hillary Clinton as well as some Republicans who wanted to send arms to the allies of ISIS. ISIS rides around in a billion dollars worth of U.S. Humvees. It’s a disgrace. We’ve got to stop – we shouldn’t fund our enemies, for goodness sakes.”

― Rand Paul

“I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over! John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence, and I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights.”

― Rand Paul

“Each one of my budgets has taken a meat axe to foreign aid, because I think we ought to quit sending it to countries that hate us.”

― Rand Paul

“We do not project power from bankruptcy court. We’re borrowing a million dollars a minute. It’s got to stop somewhere.”

― Rand Paul

“I’m a different kind of Republican. I’ve introduced a five-year balanced budget. I’ve introduced the largest tax cut in our history. I stood for ten and a half hours on the Senate floor to defend your right to be left alone.”

― Rand Paul

“I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington. And if people have an opinion, it’s a religious opinion that is heartly felt, obviously they should be allowed to practice that, and no government should interfere with them.”

― Rand Paul

“One of the things, one of the things that really got to me was the thing in Houston where you had the government, the mayor actually, trying to get the sermons of ministers. When the government tries to invade the church to enforce its own opinion on marriage, that’s when it’s time to resist.”

― Rand Paul

“Out of your surplus, you can help your allies, and Israel is a great ally. And this is no particular animus of Israel, but what I will say, and I will say over and over again, we cannot give away money we don’t have.”

― Rand Paul

“I’ve gone to Detroit. I’ve been to Ferguson; I’ve been to Baltimore, because I want our party to be bigger, better and bolder, and I’m the only one that leads Hillary Clinton in five states that were won by President Obama. I’m a different kind of Republican.”

― Rand Paul
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