On Saturday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was in Oskaloosa at Smokey Row to talk about his campaign for the Republican nominee for the Presidential election in 2016. A large crowd filled the coffee shop to hear Paul’s speech.
Pastor Mark Doland, the Chair of the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors, introduced Paul, saying he supported Paul for his pro-life and pro-marriage values and appreciated that the Senator has gone on the offensive to address those issues and challenge others who are on the other side of the topic.
When Paul got the stage, he immediately called to institute term limits for legislators because the federal government has become dysfunctional trying to work together with everyone lobbying against each other, trying to protect their jobs in Washington. Paul believes there is far too much money going into the government, and not nearly enough staying with the people.
Paul also said he believes that spending money overseas, especially to countries that have a history of disagreement with the United States, is a bad move and the country should work to keep the money we bring in with the people to strengthen our own economy.
Paul finished his twenty minute speech by saying that he hopes that the Republican Party becomes champions for the entire Bill of Rights, not just the 2nd Amendment, which is the right to bear arms. Paul highlighted the 6th Amendment, which is the right to a speedy trial, as one that gets lost in the shuffle and is chronically violated in the U.S.
Paul has been in the senate for nearly five years, and has been a practicing physician for 18 years.
KBOE News will have continuous coverage of the 2016 Campaigns as more candidates visit the area.