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Rand Paul responds to Dyche CJ column

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

After a recent Courier-Journal column by Kentucky conservative John David Dyche wondered aloud "Who is Rand Paul?"  the U.S. Senate candidate has written a response to Dyche's questions, but campaign manager David Adams says the newspaper is refusing to print it.

The Paul campaign has provided me a copy of Rand Paul's response, which I have reprinted as provided at the end of this entry.  

For readers to be able to more easily keep track of the Q & A, I have reprinted each of Dyche's questions below, with the answer that seems to best correspond with each question.  In several instances, Paul does not directly answer the question.  I have also included follow up questions that I will forward to the Paul campaign for clarification.  You can, however, watch and read his answers to my questions in an interview conducted with Rand Paul and his father, Ron-Paul, in late January.

DYCHE:
Kentucky Republicans still have lots to learn about Paul. Grayson will play a role in their education by running negative ads. Meanwhile, it would help if Paul answered direct questions for GOP voters.
 
PAUL: 
John David Dyche recently wrote an essay in the Louisville Courier Journal outlining my opponent's mischaracterizations, innuendo, and outright lies about my positions. I think the truth would be better served by discussing my actual positions on the issues rather than my opponent's distortions. While I will speak to many of my positions here, I invite you to visit my website randpaul2010.com which lists many issues in great detail.
 
But to the accusations let us go:

 
DYCHE:
You chide Grayson for having been a Democrat who backed Bill Clinton. Have you ever been a registered Libertarian Party member? For whom did you vote in each presidential election since 1984?
 
PAUL:
I registered as a Republican when I was 18. I have always been a registered Republican. I have always voted Republican. I have voted in every Republican Primary during my nearly twenty years in Kentucky.
 
In 1976, I attended my first National Republican Convention when my father was one of only four US Congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan. My opponent Mr. Grayson and his family, in contrast, were Democrats until recently and supporters of Bill Clinton and Ken Lucas among others.

{WHAS11 -- follow up question:  Didn't you vote for your own father when he was the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate?}
 
DYCHE:
• Your father — who is campaigning for you as you did for him — co-sponsored a bill with Massachusetts liberal Democrat Barney Frank to eliminate most federal penalties for marijuana possession for personal use. Do you support such legislation?

 
PAUL:
I love my father and have great respect for him. What I most admire is that his vote is not for sale or rent.
 
That does not mean I agree with him on every issue.
 
I do not support eliminating all federal laws or penalties on marijuana. I do believe, in general, that issues of crime and punishment are best handled at the state level.
 
I do believe that drug addiction (including alcohol, tobacco, and legal prescription drugs) is a serious problem. I do not think the federal government should mandate ten year sentences for drug possession. I think justice is better meted out my local judges in each community. I agree with Cal Thomas, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson that if a teenager is caught with drugs that counseling is preferred over federal laws which sometimes require ten years in jail.

{WHAS11 - follow up question:  So would you or would you not support the elimination of the Drug Enforcement Agency?  Do you believe states like Kentucky should not participate in task forces that include a federal component, such as HIDTA, or High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas?}
 
DYCHE:

 • Talking about the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airplane, your father said, “They're terrorists because we're occupiers.” Do you agree?

PAUL:

{no direct answer to this question - see response below}

DYCHE:

• When asked about Guantánamo detainees, you said they “should mostly be sent back to their country of origin” or “drop 'em off back into Afghanistan.” Is that still your position?

PAUL:

With regard to Guantanamo detainees, I have always maintained that they should be tried at GITMO in military tribunals. If the military decides not to try them and to release them, then I do not want them admitted into the US but believe they should be deported to their country of origin. We should not spend taxpayer money to set detainees up on an island in the South Pacific such as we did with Chinese Uighars.

DYCHE:
• Grayson's campaign says you would not say whether you believed the U.S. government was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and quotes your campaign as saying it was a “complicated situation” with “truth on both sides.” Do you believe the U.S. had involvement in or responsibility for 9/11?

 PAUL:

On the issue of national defense and terrorism, I'll give a brief summary of what I believe:

On 9/11/2001, nineteen terrorists attacked us aboard commercial airliners. I'll never forget coming out of an eye surgery and into a patient's hospital room to see the attacks on television. I've never doubted who attacked us and have never wavered in calling for a response. In fact, I would have demanded a vote on Declaration of War with Afghanistan and voted for it. Furthermore, I think we made a mistake by waiting one and one half months to attack the terrorist bases.
 
My position on terrorism is quite visible as we are airing our first television commercials. In them I call for a moratorium on travel visas from terrorist nations. I think it is criminal that ten years after 9/11 we are still issuing travel visas to individuals such as the underwear bomber who bought a one way ticket with cash and checked no luggage and whose father reported that he was a threat to the US Embassy.

{WHAS11 editor's note:  In the WHAS11 interview with Joe Arnold, Paul answered the question as follows:}

I think there's a danger sometimes, and people misinterpret my father, I think is that, they think somehow it is blaming America.  And it's not.  We are not to blame for people attacking us.  It is their fault and they did something horrendous and that's how the conversation needs to begin.  But then we say why in the global scheme of things are these happening?  And the interersting thing is, while many people say we don't look at this, in Saudi Arabia (the United States) had bases and we no longer have bases.

Osama Bin Laden wanted us to leave Saudi Arabia. did we appease,him?  Well it was the George W. Bush adminstration that left Saudi Arabia.  Maybe it was time that we left Saudi Arabia, but did we do that because we were attacked?  Then, it's 'you're appeasing terrorists.'  which we don't want to ever do.

But at the same time, do we want to have bases in Saudi Arabia?  We have chosen now, not to.  We no longer have bases there and we have gone to a friendlier country.

And then there are questions we have.  The questions we have are, are we everywhere all the time to everyone? Or, are we nowhere and always here at home?  And maybe we've gone too far in one extreme that we are everywhere all the time.

DYCHE:

• America is sending Patriot anti-missile systems to Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait. Do you support this as prudent deterrence of Iran and defense of our oil supplies or oppose it as a “foreign entanglement” of the sort George Washington warned against?

PAUL:

{no direct answer to this question}
 
DYCHE: 
• You advocate “term limits as a means of reining in career politicians and pork barrel spending.” Should five-term Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell be forbidden from a sixth?

PAUL:

Our deficit is out of control and pork barrel spending based on seniority is the problem. I champion term limits and believe implementing them is the only way we will ever get our fiscal house in order.

DYCHE:

• McConnell has used earmarks to bring Kentucky millions of federal dollars. Some — like $38 million for Louisville's 21st Century Parks — seem outside enumerated congressional powers. Is this “pork barrel spending?” What specific McConnell earmarks would you have opposed?

PAUL:

 {no direct answer to this question}

DYCHE:

• Asked if you would support McConnell for Republican leader against South Carolina's Jim DeMint you replied, “I don't know that I could make a judgment.” Is that still your position?

PAUL:

On many issues, Senator McConnell and I agree. I have publicly and repeatedly complimented him for his legal challenge to McCain-Feingold and I have met with him to assure him that I will work together with him on many issues.
 
I do think, though, that Kentuckians want two senators and not just one. I will bring to Washington the fresh perspective of private citizen not a career politician.
 

DYCHE:
• The White House predicts a record $1.6 trillion budget deficit for this fiscal year. What specific mix of revenue and spending changes would you make to balance the budget?

PAUL:

I also champion a balanced budget amendment. I do not believe the career politicians will ever rein in spending unless we force them to. Thirty two states require balanced budgets. I see no reason why our federal government should not do the same.

DYCHE:

• Would you have opposed the Medicare prescription drug benefit for budgetary or constitutional reasons? The federal tobacco buy-out?

{no direct answer to this question}


RAND PAUL RESPONSE TO JOHN DAVID DYCHE COLUMN FULL TEXT:
 
 
John David Dyche recently wrote an essay in the Louisville Courier Journal outlining my opponent's mischaracterizations, innuendo, and outright lies about my positions. I think the truth would be better served by discussing my actual positions on the issues rather than my opponent's distortions. While I will speak to many of my positions here, I invite you to visit my website randpaul2010.com which lists many issues in great detail.
 
But to the accusations let us go:
 
I registered as a Republican when I was 18. I have always been a registered Republican. I have always voted Republican. I have voted in every Republican Primary during my nearly twenty years in Kentucky.
 
In 1976, I attended my first National Republican Convention when my father was one of only four US Congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan. My opponent Mr. Grayson and his family, in contrast, were Democrats until recently and supporters of Bill Clinton and Ken Lucas among others.
 
I love my father and have great respect for him. What I most admire is that his vote is not for sale or rent.
 
That does not mean I agree with him on every issue.
 
I do not support eliminating all federal laws or penalties on marijuana. I do believe, in general, that issues of crime and punishment are best handled at the state level.
 
I do believe that drug addiction (including alcohol, tobacco, and legal prescription drugs) is a serious problem. I do not think the federal government should mandate ten year sentences for drug possession. I think justice is better meted out my local judges in each community. I agree with Cal Thomas, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson that if a teenager is caught with drugs that counseling is preferred over federal laws which sometimes require ten years in jail.
 
On the issue of national defense and terrorism, I'll give a brief summary of what I believe:
 
On 9/11/2001, nineteen terrorists attacked us aboard commercial airliners. I'll never forget coming out of an eye surgery and into a patient's hospital room to see the attacks on television. I've never doubted who attacked us and have never wavered in calling for a response. In fact, I would have demanded a vote on Declaration of War with Afghanistan and voted for it. Furthermore, I think we made a mistake by waiting one and one half months to attack the terrorist bases.
 
My position on terrorism is quite visible as we are airing our first television commercials. In them I call for a moratorium on travel visas from terrorist nations. I think it is criminal that ten years after 9/11 we are still issuing travel visas to individuals such as the underwear bomber who bought a one way ticket with cash and checked no luggage and whose father reported that he was a threat to the US Embassy.
 
With regard to Guantanamo detainees, I have always maintained that they should be tried at GITMO in military tribunals. If the military decides not to try them and to release them, then I do not want them admitted into the US but believe they should be deported to their country of origin. We should not spend taxpayer money to set detainees up on an island in the South Pacific such as we did with Chinese Uighars.
 
Our deficit is out of control and pork barrel spending based on seniority is the problem. I champion term limits and believe implementing them is the only way we will ever get our fiscal house in order.
 
I also champion a balanced budget amendment. I do not believe the career politicians will ever rein in spending unless we force them to. Thirty two states require balanced budgets. I see no reason why our federal government should not do the same.
 
On many issues, Senator McConnell and I agree. I have publicly and repeatedly complimented him for his legal challenge to McCain-Feingold and I have met with him to assure him that I will work together with him on many issues.
 
I do think, though, that Kentuckians want two senators and not just one. I will bring to Washington the fresh perspective of private citizen not a career politician.

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