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A Day After Attacking Clinton, Rand Paul Grills Kerry
ABC News ^ | Dana Hughes

Posted on 01/24/2013 4:15:58 PM PST by JohnPDuncan

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) posed contentious questions to Kerry about the U.S.’s role on the world stage. It quickly became apparent that the two senators not only had different political opinions, but different world views. Rand seems to see the world in absolutes; Kerry maintains intervention in world affairs be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Paul, who was publicly critical of President Obama’s authorizing U.S. action in Libya to help depose Mohamar Gadhafi, wanted to know Kerry’s take on a president’s authorizing military action without congressional approval. Kerry responded that, although he is a strong supporter of the War Powers Act, which requires the president to seek congressional authority to declare war, he also supports the right of a president to act in an emergency.

“I supported Ronald Reagan when he sent troops into Grenada. I supported George H.W. Bush when he sent troops into Panama. I supported President Clinton when, against the will of the Congress, he did what was needed to be done in Kosovo and Bosnia, so forth. And in this particular instance, I think the president behaved in that tradition,” said Kerry.

Paul suggested Kerry is cherry-picking the Constitution. He pointedly asked Kerry to defend his anti-war stance in the 1970s against Richard Nixon’s decision to bomb Cambodia, on the one hand, and President Obama’s actions in Libya on the other. Kerry responded that the circumstances of the conflicts were different: Vietnam had been waging for years without Congressional approval, unlike the situation in Libya.

Paul was unmoved.

“Length of time, but similar circumstances: a bombing campaign unauthorized by Congress,” he said. “See, the Constitution really doesn’t give this kind of latitude to sometimes go to war and sometimes not go to war.”

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KEYWORDS: johnkerry; randpaul

1 posted on 01/24/2013 4:16:01 PM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan
I supported George H.W. Bush when he sent troops into Panama

You also supported G. W. Bush when he invaded Iraq John............

2 posted on 01/24/2013 4:18:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Attacking Clinton? LOL, so now appropriate and constitutional Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch is an “attack?” The US news media REALLY needs cult deprogramming to break free of the Obama and Clinton thrall.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 4:20:55 PM PST by MissesBush (The Fourth Estate has Become a Fifth Column)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Someone needs to publicly summarize the last 4 years of Clinton and Obama’s policy in the Middle East. I think Rand Paul is the guy to do it.

Libya has been turned into Somalia - a country in name only, where warring factions, with no Government where terrorists roam free. Al Qaeda is operating with impunity in North Africa. Students and the middle class held wide-scale, peaceful protests in Iran, but Obama could not say a single word in their defense. The new leader of Egypt, who has Obama’s full support, has assumed dictatorial powers for himself, and publicly calls Christians and Jews “pigs and apes.” Syria is in the midst of a brutal civil war, which if there were proportional casualties in the United States, would have killed 1,000,000 people.

And people thought Bush screwed up and misunderstood the Middle East?

Clinton and Obama are angels of chaos and death.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 4:23:07 PM PST by PGR88
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To: MissesBush

Rand, you meany......


5 posted on 01/24/2013 4:23:07 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: JohnPDuncan

I think Kerry was in Vietnam. He’s got a piece of rice, or something, in his a$$. ‘Got a Purple Heart for it.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 4:23:40 PM PST by onedoug
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To: JohnPDuncan
I supported George H.W. Bush when he sent troops into Panama

Johnny, you also supported G. W. Bush when he invaded Iraq ............

7 posted on 01/24/2013 4:27:34 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: onedoug

I believe Kerry was in VietNam for 4 months

I believe he received 3 purple hearts - all self inflicted !


8 posted on 01/24/2013 4:28:12 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (To conquer a nation , first disarm it's citizens ~ Adolf Hitler)
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To: onedoug

I believe Kerry was in VietNam for 4 months

I believe he received 3 purple hearts - all self inflicted !


9 posted on 01/24/2013 4:28:39 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (To conquer a nation , first disarm it's citizens ~ Adolf Hitler)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Note only the Tea Party senators ask the pointed questions and don’t fawn all over the nominee or the public official. This is why they don’t want any more to get elected. Because it means an end to all the “my good friend from Massachusetts” crap.

Republicans to get rid of in 2014: McConnell, Cornyn, Alexander, Collins, Chambliss, Graham, Enzi, Cochrane.

Democrats seats to go after in 2014: Rockefeller’s open seat, Hagen, Pryor, Begich, Shaheen, Levin if he retires, Franken, Warner and possibly Bauchus.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 4:29:07 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: JohnPDuncan

Oh noes, did Rand Paul get two pairs of panties in a bunch this week and it is not even friday yet......

Rand Paul is really starting to show himself as a leader this week.

I think soon the Dims will start attacking him, of course had they wait till After the midterms it would damage paul more for any future presidential run.

I can almost sense the fear the socialists have when the word RAND is mentioned and it used to be “Ayn Rand” but now it is “Rand, Paul”. His daddy may have been a couple fruit loops short of a balanced breakfast, but when he named his son the man was a god blessed prophet of sorts.


11 posted on 01/24/2013 4:33:13 PM PST by GraceG
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To: JohnPDuncan

Oh noes, did Rand Paul get two pairs of panties in a bunch this week and it is not even friday yet......

Rand Paul is really starting to show himself as a leader this week.

I think soon the Dims will start attacking him, of course had they wait till After the midterms it would damage paul more for any future presidential run.

I can almost sense the fear the socialists have when the word RAND is mentioned and it used to be “Ayn Rand” but now it is “Rand, Paul”. His daddy may have been a couple fruit loops short of a balanced breakfast, but when he named his son the man was a god blessed prophet of sorts.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 4:33:46 PM PST by GraceG
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To: JohnPDuncan

Rand Paul appears to be the only GOP leader in Washington. He is making Rubio and Ryan look like a real lightweights. Boner and McConnell are completely worthless.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 4:34:06 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: JohnPDuncan

Not throwing softballs = attacking.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 4:35:38 PM PST by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: PGR88

Rand is one of the few in washington who wants to “de-fund” our enemies.

This is why they fear and hate him.

Washington is a viper’s nest of our enemies these days.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 4:36:16 PM PST by GraceG
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To: JohnPDuncan

Rand is proving himself to have Walker/Palin caliber brass.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 4:41:19 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: JohnPDuncan

Sen Paul “attacks” Clinton seems a bit of an exaggeration but ABC “news” employees are more used to how Democrat senators behaved: Democrat Senators gushed, “Oh, this is such a blessing to see you, Madam Secretary! Thank you for taking time outta your day! (gasping) Ohhhhhhh, gracious god! Thank you so much! Oh! (gasping for air). Thank you! Thank you.. er, what are we here for, Mr. Chairman? . . . .”.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 4:44:24 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: JohnPDuncan
This is what happens when you pit a logical giant against an ideological midget.

Kudos to Paul.

18 posted on 01/24/2013 4:47:19 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: JohnPDuncan
FUABC News. Your propaganda game grows tiresome.
19 posted on 01/24/2013 4:51:22 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PGR88

Good synopsis.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 4:52:19 PM PST by Girlene
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To: JohnPDuncan

Rand Paul and Trey Gowdy. Now that’s a ticket I could support.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 4:53:15 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Well yeah, but the really good part was that he could basically write himself up for the medal. One stop shopping at it’s best.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 5:09:25 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: JohnPDuncan

I am BfloGuy and I approve this thread.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 5:11:16 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: wolfman23601

Perhaps he is the only GOP leader who is not compromised. The FBI files on the moral lapses of the others must be extensive. After all most of them have spent decades inside the beltway. Plenty of time to enjoy the pleasures of the good life.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 5:15:05 PM PST by Soul of the South
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To: JohnPDuncan

Mr. Kerry, what should the punishment be for a citizen who interferes with peace negotiations conducted between an enemy and the US during a war?


25 posted on 01/24/2013 5:20:07 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: JohnPDuncan

I would not be friends with Rand Paul one moment, but I am damn glad he is in the Senate.


26 posted on 01/24/2013 6:14:40 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: cotton1706

Democrats seats to go after in 2014: Rockefeller’s open seat, Hagen, Pryor, Begich, Shaheen, Levin if he retires, Franken, Warner and possibly Bauchus.

I think we will get some of those but no way will be get rid of Warner unless he leaves on his own. For some reason unknown to me, they love Mark Warner in Virginia.


27 posted on 01/24/2013 6:20:06 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: cotton1706
Add Ron DeSantis to that git rid of list if he continues with votes like the first he just cast to raise the debt limit.

He was just elected and pretended to be a “Tea Party” candidate.

28 posted on 01/24/2013 7:00:44 PM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: GraceG
I don't find it appealing to demean someone that actually took the oath of office seriously and in a stellar and honorable Congressional career never once voted for anything he saw as unconstitutional. We would be well served to have had more Ron Paul's.
29 posted on 01/24/2013 7:07:05 PM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: JohnPDuncan

I’m beginning to believe that Rand Paul might be our next president! Paul and Cruz is beginning to look pretty good to me!


30 posted on 01/24/2013 7:35:19 PM PST by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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