Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul: You Decide 2016
Campaign ended: Feb. 3, 2016
Current position: U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Career: U.S. Senate 2011 to present
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Family: Married to Kelley Ashby with three children
On the issues:
Economy: Paul says he believes we should start over with the tax code and take power away from the IRS. He says we need to cut spending in all areas, especially those that are better run by state and local governments.
Education: “I believe that education is the great equalizer, but too often our one-size-fits-all system leaves most kids behind. The Federal Government should not dictate what happens in our local classrooms,” Paul says. He wants to abolish Common Core, and feels competition and innovation are keys to education.
Environment: He supports the Keystone XL pipeline.
Gun control/rights: Paul says he will uphold the entire Bill of Rights, including the Second and Fourth Amendments.
Health care: Paul says Obamacare is not the answer. According to his website, he believes government interventions has driven up the cost of health care coverage and favors free-market principles. He says he believes life begins at conception.
Immigration: The U.S. Senator wants to secure the U.S. border immediately because it threatens our national security. He is against amnesty and supports legal immigration.
National security: “As a Senator, one of the most important votes I could make is on a declaration of war. As Commander-in-Chief, the importance of this decision would not be overlooked. If the military action is justified and there is no other course of action, I would follow the Constitution and seek Congressional approval before sending our brave men and women into harm’s way,” Paul says on his website. He opposes the NSA collecting personal data from cell phones.
Social issues: Paul has said he disagrees with the Supreme Court redefining marriage in its ruling against same-sex marriage bans. But he also doesn’t feel the government should be involved in the issue.