For reasons known only to him, Rand Paul embarked upon a rather unstructured exercise into random-stream-of-consciousness as a campaign tool:
[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] (R-Kentucky) really did not like what he described as a “dumba–” attempt to live stream his entire day.
Paul spent much of Tuesday being filmed by his campaign staff as part of a stunt to broadcast an entire day on the campaign trail in Iowa on UStream, a live-streaming platform.
It was clearly not the senator’s idea, as he made clear repeatedly.
As he was walking through the corn field featured in the movie “Field of Dreams,” Paul was asked by a reporter why he was live-streaming the entire day.
“I wish I knew,” Paul said. “I’ve been saying, I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do this. And now we’re doing this.”
Anyway, one thing that can be guaranteed when Paul speaks extemporaneously and at length is that you will get at least one or two head-scratching moments:
[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the GOP’s 2016 presidential field is full of “idiots” who back war in Syria.
“Shouldn’t we at least talk about what idiots we have in the Republican Party running for president who want to have a red line and a no-fly zone in Syria?” he asked during a daylong live stream of his campaign’s trek through Iowa.
“What a recipe for disaster,” he said. “All of them are beating their chests to see who is the most likely to get us involved in a war [in Syria].
“These people have been at war for a thousand years,” the 2016 Republican White House hopeful added. “You think somehow we’re going to solve their problems?”
Paul, himself, has been for and against arming the people to oppose Assad and ISIS. And if his competitors are Hillary Clinton, then Rand Paul is Obama:
But aware that his statements and records on foreign policy are under a microscope, Paul also made clear that there are instances where he supports using force against terrorists and militants overseas. He even said that he would have voted to ramp up the current bombing campaign against ISIL — but only if the president had asked him to do so.
“What has the president done? What is the worst thing he’s done? It’s the usurpation of power. The idea that there is no separation of powers or that he is above that separation. If you want to tremble and worry about the future of our republic, listen to the president when he says, ‘Well, Congress won’t act. Therefore I must,’” Paul said. “Had he come forward and done the honorable thing, we would have approved. I would have approved an authorization of force.”
I’ve never thought Rand Paul was in the race for president for any greater reason than to refresh his dad’s fundraising lists. Now I’m not even sure he’s in if for any reason other than he likes to look like a buffoon.