Possible 2016 hopeful Paul stresses rights at LV eventSubmitted by fonzdrew on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 12:41
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Saturday that government powers need to be reined in, with a renewed focus on the Bill of Rights .
Paul, R-Ky., gave a speech at a $30-a-person fundraiser at the Golden Nugget for the Nevada Republican Party. Paul, a potential contender for president in the 2016 election, is the son of retired Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
About 200 people attended the event. The Kentucky senator joked that he had borrowed a cellphone from his colleague U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“Do you think the NSA is going to be surprised to see Harry Reid at a Republican event?” he said, a reference to the National Security Administration’s surveillance program that has come under criticism.
Paul also said the United States needs to look at its history — such as the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II — when preserving the rights of Americans.
“These things have to change,” he said. “We have to do something better. We need to be that party. We need to be the party that says, ‘Yes, you do get a lawyer.’ ”
Paul also stressed that citizens’ rights — to a lawyer and have your day in court — is about more than President Barack Obama. Instead, it’s about power.
“I don’t care whether it’s Republican or a Democrat,” he said. “Should any president have the authority to detain an American citizen without a trial?”