Skip to comments.Rand Paul skips Netanyahu address
Posted on 05/24/2011 10:52:51 AM PDT by Nachum
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome from a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) skipped out on the speech, staging what appeared to be a silent protest of Americas foreign aid to Israel. As senators gathered on the Senate floor before the address, Paul was spotted speaking to his staffers toward the back of the chamber. As the Senate procession across the Capitol began, the tea-party-backed senator quietly walked to his desk, sat down and began shuffling through papers and newspapers.
If it’s a foreign aid issue, then he’s just being consistent.
If he is against Israel, that would be a problem.
Wrong time to display his foreign aid stance- this tells the truth about him and daddy! Anti Israel, pro terrorists killing Israeli babies i take it!
Well, his daddy is an un-admitted, but obvious anti-semite.
Perhaps the acorn didn’t fall far from the nut.
(To mangle a saying)
I’m not a fan of either Paul.
Like father like son.
Who cares about Israel?
“Who cares about Israel?”
God. Conservatives. Jewish people. Christians. Our military.
Yup, this was the concern with Rand. Sounds like his true stripes are beginning to show and he may be much more like his demented father than he let on. I’ve always been suspicious of Rand for this very reason and wondered if he and his father are trying to co-opt the TEA Party and turn it into some kind of libertarian dominated organization. It’s already bad enough that Fox and other media call Ron Paul “the godfather of the TEA party” when that is most certainly not true.
Are you serious?
Thank you, Rand Paul - for revealing your true side.
Goodbye, Rand Paul. You’re swinging by your own petard
wow. Huge black mark for Rand. He seemed like a more reasonable version of his dad, who is right on some issues, but utterly disastrous on others. This shows he may be nothing more than an anti-Semite.
Like Father, like Son.
Then he will be boycotting a joint session of congress when the Japanese Prime Minister speaks?? Or Mexico or the Philippines?
Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley flatly denied Pauls absence was related to Israel funding, pointing out that her boss had heard Netanyahu speak Monday night while attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.
This is about the PATRIOT Act and Reid not yet keeping his agreement on amendments, Bagley said.
Looks like this is less about Israel and more about a procedural dispute between Paul and Reid. I will admit, though, that the commentary in the article about the cloture clock and how that relates to Paul's actions is a bit beyond me. Maybe somebody here is better informed on this issue and can contribute something helpful in that regard.
Paul, a tea-party-backed senator who opposes the Patriot Act, has said he wants to drag out the process of renewing key provisions of the counter-terrorism law which expire Friday. Reid had hoped to recess the Senate during the speech and count that toward the cloture clock, but Paul stayed on the Senate floor, kept the chamber open, and was able to stop the cloture clock.
Well, his Dad, Dr. Ron, is a Jew-hater. Maybe the son is too.
If Rand is the future of Tea party- it just lost my support!
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