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Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)
Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray

Posted on 02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST by Corporate Democrat

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation.

"I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees."

"There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry on, there are very few things I agree with the president on, but the president gets to choose political appointees," Paul said.

Asked if he ever got the information he wanted about Hagel, Paul said that he hadn't.

Paul implied that he might vote yes on final passage at Monday's New York Meeting.

After weeks of controversy, Hagel was confirmed by a vote of 58-41 on Tuesday.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
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1 posted on 02/26/2013 3:29:47 PM PST by Corporate Democrat
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To: Corporate Democrat

Perhaps channeling some of his Daddy’s Jew-hatred?

I expected more from Paul.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 3:32:45 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Rand voted yes because his Dad’s libertarian anti-Israel fan club was upset. Hating Israel is a defining issue for these people.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 3:33:32 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Corporate Democrat

I failed to understand his reasoning. Seemed to me Paul just makes his decision based on totally random illogic.

Yes, the president gets to pick appointees, but that doesn’t mean president IS OUR KING, and the confirmation process a rubber stamp to make it look pretty.

Huh, again????


4 posted on 02/26/2013 3:35:50 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Hell, even pasty blue bloods Cornyn and McCain voted Nay against one of their own. Rand Paul voted Yea?! WTF!!!


5 posted on 02/26/2013 3:36:22 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

What ever the reason he is done for me. The fork stuck.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 3:37:20 PM PST by Ramonne
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To: Corporate Democrat
Asked if he ever got the information he wanted about Hagel, Paul said that he hadn't.

WTF

7 posted on 02/26/2013 3:37:46 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Longbow1969

Rand Paul: “Some of my best friends are Jews...”


8 posted on 02/26/2013 3:38:12 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Corporate Democrat

May the price of rope rise sharply in DC very soon.
I see you’re new.
Are here to rub salt in our wounds?


9 posted on 02/26/2013 3:38:46 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Corporate Democrat

I had better hopes for young Paul.
Alas, it was not to be.
If he can’t even vote correctly on something this obvious....a simple vote — not requiring any leadership ability or effort....

pray for America! pray pray pray...

(and yes, we need a new Senator next time, too!!!)


10 posted on 02/26/2013 3:39:01 PM PST by faithhopecharity (()
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To: Corporate Democrat
That statement from Rand Paul is less than weak tea, it is nonsensical. It makes him sound like he completely defers to Lord Obama and it will haunt him with conservatives should he have any higher office aspirations.
11 posted on 02/26/2013 3:41:26 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Corporate Democrat
Rand, You have lost my trust...Betrayed again


12 posted on 02/26/2013 3:42:38 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: faithhopecharity

It’s a sad thing, I did hope he would be more consistent. I guess it’s true, Washington D.C. will eventually corrupt anyone we send there to represent us.


13 posted on 02/26/2013 3:42:50 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: Corporate Democrat
Covering mouth and coughing - bullshit!
14 posted on 02/26/2013 3:42:50 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Ramonne
The lesson here is that we can never reasonably expect any one lawmaker to vote to please us 100% of the time. I might have been happier if Paul had not voted for Hagel either but the reality is it probably didn't make one bit of difference.

It is not reasonable to expect this president to have ever nominated a desirable candidate--Obama hates America.

15 posted on 02/26/2013 3:44:43 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (The perfect is the enemy of the good..............Voltaire)
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It was no surprise to me at all. I told y’all so a long time ago.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 3:44:43 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Longbow1969

Rand Paul’s son was arrested ny TSA for several infractions at an airport not long ago. Maybe this makes those fed charges go away.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 3:45:20 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Like father, like son..Ron Paul taught his son well..I guess hating Jews is the new “In” thing..but hey no worries Rand, Louis Farrakhan endorsed Hagel first so your in good company


18 posted on 02/26/2013 3:45:40 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Corporate Democrat
He found this in his driveeway with the pink slip tucked under the windshield wiper?

19 posted on 02/26/2013 3:46:23 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Corporate Democrat
but the president gets to choose political appointees," Paul said.

So what's the point of the review? This is an obvious cop-out.

Rand is now off my A-list. I'm on the Cruz bandwagon.

20 posted on 02/26/2013 3:46:34 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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