Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, with members of the conservative activist crowd chanting “President Paul” at one point.
Paul made clear overtures to a presidential run. The video of his speech is below. Here are some highlights:
“Your rights are in your DNA and the government, quite frankly, can get over it.”
“I say that your phone records are yours! I say that the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business.”
“Hillary’s war made us less safe. … As Hillary was declaring victory in Libya, Ambassador Stevens was begging for more security. … I believe that Hillary Clinton’s abdication of responsibility, her refusal to provide an adequate defense for Benghazi, her dereliction of duty, should forever preclude her from higher office. It’s time for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire.”
“Without question, we must now defend ourselves, and American interests, from this barbarous aberration [ISIS]. But it troubles me that we must now fight against our own weapons.”
“I say not one penny more to these haters of America.” – On foreign aid to countries where the American flag is burned
“I propose something truly outrageous. Congress should read every bill. Congress should also live under the laws they pass.”
“It’s time for a new president.”
“Will you vote for freedom?
Here’s the speech, courtesy of the American Conservative Union: