Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a wide-ranging interview, during which he responded to the allegation by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) that he was using a “codeword” to attack President Obama's executive orders on gun control.
“Senator Kaine is confused about his history.” Paul responded, “He needs to read his Montesquieu, he needs to read Jefferson, he needs to read our Founding Fathers, who were very concerned about the separation of power.”
He continued, “This has nothing to do with President Obama or that he's a Democrat. In particular, it's insulting to say it has anything to do with the color of his skin.”
Paul noted that he had opposed past presidents who went beyond the power of their office. “I opposed George Bush on his executive orders... I opposed Clinton... this has been a longstanding tradition. It's insulting for anyone to say this has anything to do with race.”
Paul claimed that playing the race card only prevented important policy debates. “It dumbs down the debate. If we're going to... call people names and call them a racist, we can't have a debate.”
“These are big battles we need to fight, but they have nothing to do with race.”