Rand Paul Attacks Obama On Civil Liberties, Embraces The ‘Facebook Generation’ In Rousing CPAC Speech

RP cpacHe didn’t speak for 13 hours, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), brandishing two large binders as he took the CPAC stage, joked that he brought “13 hours worth of information.” He did go well over his reported 13 minutes of speaking time, possibly due to an enthusiastic crowd that appeared to still be fired up from his recent filibuster.

Early in the speech, when Paul said he was there to deliver a message to the president, one excited fan yelled out, “Don’t drone me, bro!” (a semi-obscure reference to a college student who shouted “Don’t tase me, bro!” to police who were trying to remove him from a John Kerry speaking event). Paul laughed, saying “that’s not exactly what I was thinking. However, I think he may have distilled my 13-hour speech into three words.”

Paul went on to accuse President Obama of no longer respecting civil liberties, citing his potential allowances for drone strikes on and “indefinite detention” of American citizens as prime examples. He then broadened out his defense of liberty to include…



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