Did Sen. Paul start national conversation on drone strikes?
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- Duration 8:01
- Date Mar 11, 2013
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-- -- speak today until the president responds.
And says no we won't kill Americans in cafe is no we won't kill you at home when your bed at night.
No we won't drop bombs on restaurants.
Is that so hard.
No hellfire missiles in Sheboygan -- Wow wow.
That's a stunner is everybody was expecting -- that's Republican senator Rand Paul staying true to was words speaking for nearly thirteen hours in his filibuster conference nomination.
To run the CIA the reason allegedly.
To challenge the president's policies on -- specifically.
Whether the president has -- authority.
To use weaponized drones on Americans that's citizens on US soil.
To be really start -- meaningful national conversation on this or was it just just wait and friends -- -- So now claim let's bring in John of the -- Doug -- packet -- again.
Out sick today.
What's he up to -- Look I think this is all about one in sixteen.
Bottom line this was the weekend where Jeb Bush pulled the full Ginsburg.
All five talk shows he launched his perspective.
Speed and Rand Paul was making what he thought and and or indeed important points and questions about drones.
But let's be clear those questions were largely answered before he spoke this is about his identity -- the Tea Party and 26.
Let me set the timetable on this because it's it's almost laughable to some people who have been criticizing senator Paul at 10:30 AM.
Eric Holder on the half of the president.
Makes clear the answer to the questioning -- ends.
Let me be clear translate my appropriate to know I thought it was saying no -- right now that now.
-- that I am glad after after much.
Gymnastics I am very glad to hear that it is the opinion of the Department of Justice that it would be unconstitutional.
To kill a US citizen on US soil -- that individual did not pose an imminent threat.
So the question is answered and nevertheless senator Paul takes to the floor for thirteen hours beginning an hour in three minutes after.
His question was answered.
-- -- looked like it may have been grandstanding and may have been 26 I think it was how else to -- but I also think it and I'm glad that a senator has stood up.
For this issue.
And I'm glad he's a libertarian conservative where are others who should be joining him because.
It started really when Al -- key was why -- act over and game and an American citizen.
Does the US government have the right to kill the Gunner who any enemy that -- yeah okay well.
-- when I got him.
There is a real issue but Paul didn't frame it that way which is what is the appropriate role of the US using drones overseas.
And maybe now he's trying to re write his own history because he penned an op Ed in the Washington Post yesterday.
Talks nothing about domestic drones he he seems to imply that he was talking about drones anywhere in the world.
And I think there's a legitimate debate and concern we can happen I go back to -- to real politics.
Senator Paul is going to reach out to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.
They are libertarian there isolationist.
And on the weekend when John Kerry was giving what was it 200 on the -- bill million dollars to the Egyptian government when we're cutting programs here at home.
There is a legitimate role debate about the role the US both in terms of economics and finding -- -- -- been a more effective filibuster if he brought that up that were cutting White House tours were cutting PSA or cutting.
-- kids on headstart but we're giving -- Muslim Brotherhood.
Not only 250 million but the administration want to give more last week there and congress plot -- -- senator Paul's hands are you know comparing -- Jimmy Stewart he's little -- them without the drawl.
-- the folksy kind of -- very there's there's old -- security got a catalog that Mr.
Smith Goes to Washington.
And there's Rand Paul and it -- picture and what morals -- us and he is his father's son.
Updated Ron Paul was a principled libertarian non interventionist conservative.
This guy is a more savvy version of and he's gonna get all his father's supporters.
As Doug alluded to is going to run and 2016.
And he starts with that group of voters who will like him -- they see him Alexander -- and a lot of Democrats support the president's drone actions.
And Gerry you've got a bunch of Republicans they do is well.
Right and and here's the thing there's a real division in America between those who believe.
That using drones is an appropriate and reasonable way to take on a risk from al-Qaeda and other terrorists there are others on the democratic left the Republican.
Right who disagree and there's a constituency.
That Rand Paul was seeking and this.
Thirteen hour filibuster was -- formal beginning of his campaign right president.
Make no mistake the other thing was sold 80% of Americans that the drone program for a -- it could be the other thing that you saw was the divide among Republicans in the senate -- McCain and Lindsey Graham the next day went crazy over the so called it ridiculous and it would pick a really what is their job -- they're jealous that some other Republican.
Is getting positive media attention other than that than them all right let's talk a little bit more about as -- -- broach the subject.
Jeb Bush was on all -- talk shows today.
And you know it was.
Sort of hedging a little bit about 2016.
It would appear to be in the lead its way to work.
But he is she sort of the old guard and we're waiting for the new guard democratic politician she's the only -- He's doing going to -- let's be clear that there is not a real democratic rival to Hillary if she runs I predict.
She will run.
The polling out knows now shows the only one close to her.
Is Chris Christie who may run himself but bottom line there is no rival to Hillary Clinton at this point and for the -- and -- And I don't say Jeb Bush had a very rough first week if he's testing the waters is a national panic -- he's got a book out on immigration.
Where he takes a position to the right of Marco Rubio on amnesty right.
He writes the book allegedly writes and that is name -- and within the first day of interviews last Monday he does a 180.
On the path to citizenship makes you wonder did he even read his own book.
And it -- -- you wonder.
These are big Chris Wallace pose the question today to -- as they're too much.
Bush baggage -- here too much saturation.
You've had to bush presidencies.
-- look it's clearly a problem because George W.
Bush still has a lot of baggage but bottom line John's right.
The issue is.
Who is Jeb Bush.
What does he stand -- and what's his and it's not a problem for Hillary Clinton whose husband was highest popularity rating.
Of any politician in the country she's only pulling -- around 50% but -- Clinton is so popular that the Clinton name is a popular name on the bush name is not part why isn't she more than 50%.
Because there are Republicans who are credible she's got a 68%.
Approval and one other statistic.
She will raise you heard it here first to -- two billion dollars billion to Israel -- To do I like I got the high water mark was one billion and you guys are doubling and -- -- I doubt one of the Jeb Bush and bush fatigue thing -- I think.
You have to start out there is bush fatigue but if he were to be a very dynamic candidate -- We heard he was in Florida it seems that way as a national candidate.
He could overcome it and these first I gotta come get your heart out on -- -- all right John the belief that John and packet out we wish you well who under the weather today and get.