Senator Rand Paul's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Rand Paul
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kelley; 3 Children: Will, Duncan, Robert
Birth Date: 01/07/1963
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Home City: Bowling Green, KY
Religion: Presbyterian
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Rand Paul refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life. 2010. 13 September 2010. National Right to Life endorsed Rand Paul in the 2010 general election. (www.nrlpac.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. Kentucky Right to Life: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question "If you were in a position to do so, would you support a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would with respect to the right of life, treat as 'persons' all human beings, born and unborn, regardless of age, health or condition of dependency?" (c0469351.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. Northern Kentucky Right to Life: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question "Will you actively support (and if in a position to do so, sponsor and vote for) a mandatory Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to the Kentucky Constitution, which would codify the personhood of an unborn child from the moment of fertilization, and which would hold that all innocent human beings have the same right to life, from fertilization until natural death?" (c0469351.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com)
  • Rand Paul. Issue Position: Abortion. "I am 100% pro life. I believe abortion is taking the life of an innocent human being. I believe life begins at conception and it is the duty of our government to protect this life. I will always vote for any and all legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion. I believe in a Human Life Amendment and a Life at Conception Act as federal solutions to the abortion issue. I also believe that while we are working toward this goal, there are many other things we can accomplish in the near term. It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. I strongly oppose any federal funding for abortion and will stop the flow of tax dollars to groups like Planned Parenthood, who perform or advocate abortions. In addition, I believe we may be able to save millions of lives in the near future by allowing states to pass their own anti-abortion laws. If states were able to do so, I sincerely believe many -- including Kentucky -- would do so tomorrow, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Before 1973, abortion was illegal in most states. Since Roe v. Wade, over 50 million children have died in abortion procedures." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to: "Indicate the tax cuts you are willing to vote for: Estate Tax Cut." (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Rand Paul. Rand on the Death Tax. 25 June 2010. "Rand Paul supports permanent Death Tax repeal. The federal estate tax is temporarily 0% in 2010, but some Senate Democrats want to retroactively tax the estates of those Americans who passed away since the beginning of the year brought on temporary relief. Rand opposes all tax increases, especially this one." (www.randpaul2010.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 13 September 2010. The Club for Growth endorsed Rand Paul in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded "I will vote to oppose any and all federal bailouts," to the question "What would you do to speed the economic recovery and produce jobs needed to put Americans to work?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Rand Paul. Government Jobs account for 95% of Job Growth. 25 June 2010. "The Obama administration’s failure to stimulate the economy continues. And their thirst for more power for government remains unquenched. It’s time Washington DC stopped spending money we don’t have. And it’s time for real economic stimulus plans, including tax incentives and sound monetary policy. The government does not create jobs, as the past 18 months have clearly reminded us. But they can help by getting out of the way of those who do." (www.randpaul2010.com)
  • Rand Paul. The Courier-Journal: Rand Paul has long history of controversial views. 21 June 2010. "We have very little vestige left of laissez-faire capitalism. We have a largely regulated economy, and we cannot let capitalism take the blame for this, or we will have less capitalism." (www.courier-journal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Slajda, Rachel. Rand Paul In The '90s: Medicare Is Socialism And Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme. 12 July 2010. "In the late 1990s, Paul -- then a simple ophthalmologist and president of Kentucky Taxpayers United -- appeared on several episodes "Kentucky Tonight," a roundtable-style show on public television. He talked about the elderly dying at the hands of Medicare rationing; the need to privatize Social Security, which he called "a Ponzi scheme;" and the rights of the government to invest in racist companies."
  • Alford, Roger. Associated Press: Rand Paul breaks silence with talk show interview. 7 June 2010. "Paul said the country faces dire consequences unless Congress changes its spending habits, including raising the eligibility age for future Social Security recipients. 'I acknowledge that the system is broken, and if we just keep borrowing, we could destroy the entire system,' Paul said. 'Then, there would be no Social Security, no Medicare and no government because we will be drowning in the sea of debt or destroy the currency in the process.'" (news.yahoo.com)
  • Rand Paul. The Courier-Journal: Rand Paul has long history of controversial views. 21 June 2010. "I think the average American is smart enough to make their own investments. The more freedom the better ... Reform is going to happen, and I hope it's privatization." (www.courier-journal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul. 2010. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. "I will also look to platform of Ronald Reagan for low hanging fruit and look to abolish unconstitutional functions like the Department of Education." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. The National Education Association: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded "Decisions on education should occur at the state and local level by teachers, administrators, school boards, and parents.'" to the question "Do you support or oppose NEA’s position [on improving provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)]?" (www.randpaul2010.com)
  • Rand Paul. Issue Position: Home Schooling. "As the Federal Government has increased the size and budget of the Department of Education, test scores and scholastic performance have markedly dropped. More money, more bureaucracy, and more government intervention are eroding this nation's educational standards. Meanwhile, home schooled children continue to excel as evidenced by their test scores and rapidly growing admission rate into some of the nation's most prestigious educational institutions." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 3 February 2010. (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded "I strongly oppose Cap and Trade legislation, as well as any effort to compromise American sovereignty and bind the U.S. to any United Nations’ “climate change” regime...The United States must aggressively pursue energy independence and remove onerous EPA regulations from our coal and oil producers," to the question "Do you support domestic and international efforts to curb global warming and reduce America’s reliance on fossil fuels such as coal?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Corn, David. Mother Jones: Rand Paul and His 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Friend. 20 May 2010. "Later on the show, while Jones was denouncing cap-and-trade legislation (which he says could lead to 'toilet paper taxes") and calling for investigating Al Gore, Paul noted that should the climate bill become law, "we will have an army of armed EPA agents--thousands of them.' These EPA troopers, according to Paul, would be free to burst into homes and apartments to determine if they were meeting energy-efficiency standards." (motherjones.com)
  • NPR. Rand Paul Says He Has A Tea Party 'Mandate'. 19 May 2010. "I think that most manufacturing and mining should be under the purview of state authorities. It's kind of interesting that, you know, when the EPA was originally instituted, it wasn't even passed by Congress. It was passed as an executive order by Nixon. And I think there is some overreach in the sense that the EPA now says: You know what, if Congress doesn't pass greenhouse emissions regulations or testing, we'll simply do it on our own. I think that's an arrogance of a regulatory body run amok." (www.npr.org)
  • Rand Paul signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to: "Will you oppose so-called "Cap and Trade" legislation?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Rand Paul. Rand Paul Savages Obama’s Catastrophic "Green Economy." 19 May 2010. "These petty dictators say that to stop climate change it’s about ending capitalism, they are explicit, and the President by attending Copenhagen gives credibility and credence to these folks and he should not go." (www.infowars.com)
  • Rand Paul. The Courier-Journal: Rand Paul has long history of controversial views. 21 June 2010. "How did we get a regulation that requires how much water is in our toilet? Well, it came about through the Clean Water Act of 1994. What happens in Congress is that when you call something the Clean Water Act, everybody is afraid to vote against it because everyone is for clean water. So they fall over themselves to vote for things and they don't read the legislation." (www.courier-journal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to: "Will you vote to oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to prohibit the sale, use, or carrying of firearms?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 13 September 2010. Gun Owners of America endorsed Rand Paul in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rand Paul. In Kentucky, a Senate Candidate With a Pedigree for Agitation. 25 June 2010. “I am a gun owner and defender of Second Amendment rights. I’m an outspoken opponent of gun control, will fight all attempts at gun control in the U.S. Senate, and my candidacy has been endorsed by the Gun Owners of America.” (www.randpaul2010.com)
  • Rand Paul. Issue Position: Guns and Politicans. "Politicians often give lip service to the 2nd Amendment but then go off to Washington and vote to restrict gun ownership. How many politicians professed to support Gun rights and then voted for the Brady bill? How many politicians claim they are supporters of the 2nd amendment and then vote to restrict handguns? We need to send people to Washington that not only understand the 2nd amendment but the entire Bill of Rights. How many supposedly pro-Gun politicians supported the McCain-Feingold Act, which makes it illegal for gun rights groups to buy advertising criticizing a federal legislator for voting for gun control?...Gun rights advocates need to know that the 2nd amendment is only as good as the fourth amendment. If we are not free from unreasonable and warrantless searches, [then] no one's guns are safe." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul signed The Club for Growth: Repeal It! (www.repealit.org)
  • Rand Paul. The Courier-Journal: Rand Paul has long history of controversial views. 21 June 2010. "I think you don't have a right to happiness -- you have the right to the pursuit of happiness ... if you think you have the right to health care, you are saying basically that I am your slave. I provide health care. ... My staff and technicians provide it. ... If you have a right to health care, then you have a right to their labor." (www.courier-journal.com)
  • Rand Paul signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question “Will you oppose any attempt to nationalize our health care system, including any sort of public option for insurance?” (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Rand Paul. 2010. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded "I strongly oppose Obamacare, and will fight for full repeal. As a doctor I have had first-hand experience with the vast problems facing health care in America. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. As Senator, I would ensure that real free market principles are applied to fix this problem," to the question "Do you support the health-care reform package that passed, or would you vote to repeal some or all of it? What would you replace it with?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Rand Paul. Where is Jack on Obamacare Lawsuit? 2 August 2010. "Obamacare both takes away the rights of every American to make their healthcare decisions, and emboldens a huge federal bureaucracy to meddle in our healthcare. Obamacare is the wrong prescription for healthcare. Dr. Rand Paul opposes Obamacare, will fight to repeal it, and congratulates the Attorneys General of other states who are coming to the defense of their citizens. "It is a shame that Jack Conway has sided with his allies Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi over the people of Kentucky," said Dr. Paul. "I urge Jack to join me and the overwhelming majority of Kentuckians in opposing nationalized healthcare and working to repeal the healthcare mandate on our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Rand Paul. Issue Position: Health Care. "As a doctor I have had first-hand experience with the vast problems facing health care in America. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. As Senator, I would ensure that real free market principles are applied to fix this problem...But many see bigger government as the solution to this problem. As if more regulation and more bureaucracy is going to solve it. Socialist medicine does not work because socialism does not work. When people blame the current crisis on the free market they are making a grave intellectual error. Simply because these large companies are benefiting does not mean we currently have a free market. When the government passes legislation, regulations, and mandates, this can hardly be called a "free" market." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul. Illegal Immigration. "I do not support amnesty. Those who come here should respect our laws. I support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves." (www.randpaul2010.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rand Paul. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: 2010 Kentucky Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded YES to: "Will you oppose using U.S. forces to occupy a foreign nation without a declaration of war?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Rand Paul. Rand responds to attacks. 30 June 2010. "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." (www.randpaul2010.com)
  • Wallsten, Peter. The New York Times: Q&A With Rand Paul: Shaking Up the Kentucky Senate Race. 12 November 2009. "I would have voted no on the Iraq war and yes to Afghanistan. The main thing I say on war is that we need to obey the law and formally declare war...I support a declaration of war in Afghanistan. We have to now determine what our mission is. It’s become somewhat murky." (blogs.wsj.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Urbina, Ian. The New York Times: In Kentucky, a Senate Candidate With a Pedigree for Agitation. 25 November 2009. “A fervent opponent of big government, Dr. Paul believes that federal authorities should stay out of drug enforcement, and that same-sex marriage, which he opposes, should be a decision left to the states.” (www.nytimes.com)

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