Hi Reddit. This is Rand Paul, Senator and Doctor from Kentucky. I'm excited to answer as many questions as I can, Ask Me Anything!

Proof and even more proof.

I'll be back at 7:30 ET to answer your questions!

Thanks for joining me here tonight. It was fun, and I'd be happy to do it again sometime. I think it's important to engage people everywhere, and doing so online is very important to me. I want to fight for you as President. I want to fight for the whole Bill of Rights. I want to fight for a sane foreign policy and for criminal justice reform. I want you to be more free when I am finished being President, not less. I want to end our debt and cut your taxes. I want to get the government out of your way, so you, your family, your job, your business can all thrive. I have lots of policy stances on my website, randpaul.com, and I urge you to go there. Last but not least -- if you know anyone in Iowa or New Hampshire, tell them all about my campaign!

Thank you.

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clearblack4199 karma

Hi Dr. Paul,

What do you think of the popular gif of your father? On a scale of funny to hilarious, how would you rate it? Said gif

RandPaulforPresident5083 karma

Definitely hilarious. I see it pop up on our social media all the time. I like the new version with me AND my dad in it.

LivioDoubleFang3697 karma

As POTUS, will you release the missing 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission?

RandPaulforPresident4960 karma

Yes. I'm a senate sponsor of a bill to release those 28 pages. Here's a video of me discussing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUYLE2R4Dqw

Ipoopbabiez3609 karma

A lot of reddit users support Bernie Sanders. What would you say, given the primaries turn out to be Bernie and yourself, to best turn people to your side?

Also, I just wanted to say thanks for doing an AMA! Like seriously, you're one of the best candidates and you need more coverage

RandPaulforPresident4365 karma

Thank you! A debate with me and Bernie would be great. People would be well served by it. I've already publicly offered to debate Bernie right now. In the Dem debate Bernie seemed to be uncomfortable talking about the actual cost of his programs for tax payers. We need real solutions without bankrupting our country.

kwantsu-dudes3593 karma

IT’S HAPPENING!!! Rand Paul, thank you for taking the time to enter a forum with potential voters. It certainly helps us to feel like our concerns are being listened to and that we may actually have a chance of being represented.

It should be obvious to you, but I want to make it clear, that many of the people here are quite tired of politics and what normally comes with it. AVOIDANCE of questions/details being a large one. You would do yourself a great service and to this community to address what might be more difficult questions and to answer any questions you respond to honestly and in detail. Reddit users can get quite ornery when they believe they are simply being played with. Anyway…

QUESTION: Which one of your political views do you believe catches the most flak from the general public, but doesn’t deserve the amount of criticism it has received? Why?

[EDIT] Thanks again, Rand. Please feel free to come back and answer any questions you didn't have the time to address. Good Luck in Iowa!

RandPaulforPresident5523 karma

Foreign policy. There are so many people who misrepresent my views as being isolationist and not being for a strong national defense. We make ourselves stronger by not being involved in every civil war around the world and not being the world's policeman.

pr0wn3d3385 karma

If you had to pick 3 key differences between you and the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, what would they be?

RandPaulforPresident5938 karma

  1. I have actual plans and policy to solve our problems
  2. I in now way shape or form intend to shut down the internet
  3. I have way better hair

thefinestdoge2627 karma

What is your plan to combat isis?

RandPaulforPresident5336 karma

First thing we should do is stop arming them. They ride around with a billion dollars worth of our humvees. We can stop intervening in civil wars and toppling dictators and making radical jihadists stronger.

penderhead2389 karma

If elected President in what ways would you help legalize cannabis?

RandPaulforPresident4662 karma

I would remove prohibition of cannabis from federal law and give authority back to the states to decide.

RandPaulforPresident4314 karma

I'm also a sponsor of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015. It allows businesses in legal marijuana states to use banks so they can operate. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1726/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Marijuana+Access+Banking%22%5D%7D

nickchuck1814 karma

I love your plan to tackle the national debt. However it seems really hard to get people in congress to approve cutting back on things. How do you plan get congress to approve budget cuts to lots of programs?

RandPaulforPresident3534 karma

Thank you! The first thing you have to do is have a plan. I've written detailed 5 year budget plans that have spending cuts in every department. We have to reverse what's going on in congress. The left and the right make deals: the left gets more welfare spending and the right gets more military spending. It's going to take the leadership of a president who isn't afraid to cut spending across the board.

RandPaulforPresident3304 karma

Here are the specifics of my budget plan: http://www.paul.senate.gov/files/documents/MASTERBUDGET.pdf

PresMarkle1801 karma

Thanks for doing the AMA, Senator Paul!

What political figures/writers/thinkers have had the most influence on your thought, and in what ways?

RandPaulforPresident3284 karma

I come from an intellectual tradition that values liberty. I love reading Hayek, Mises, and Rothbard. I started a reading program for my interns in the senate with books from these thinkers. We sit down and discuss them as a group each semester.

mclane_941730 karma

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?

RandPaulforPresident4331 karma

I'm running for president. I hear the current president didn't answer this vital question. We should expect more out of the next president. Obviously the answer is 100 duck sized horses.

cmbruning1715 karma

Hi Senator Paul! My question is: What issue/problem do you believe is the most important that our nation faces today and why? How would you remedy the situation?

Thank you! (from a huge supporter)

RandPaulforPresident3264 karma

The national debt. It's why I ran for office. It's why I'm running for president. We have to get it under control.

SilverxPacker1560 karma

Do you, Justin Amash, and Thomas Massie ever just hang out and get a burrito?

RandPaulforPresident3444 karma

Fighting for liberty does make you really hungry so yeah we do.

throwawaytimeson1434 karma

How do you manage that beautiful head of hair?

RandPaulforPresident2937 karma

It takes a lot of work. I don't let anyone touch a strand of it but me.

Bioman3121268 karma

Hi, Senator Paul! I'm happy to say that I'll be voting for the first time this year, and as it stands now, you are the candidate that matches my positions on major issues far more closely than any other candidate.

I'm interested to know about your thoughts on getting legislation through two opposing sides of a particularly stubborn congress. It seems that less and less is getting done lately because of a growing polarity both in government and in American society. That said, my two main questions follow:

  1. What do you think is the best strategy for getting both parties on board to take action on bipartisan issues?

  2. What do you think must change (if anything) in the general legislative process to make bipartisan agreements more common?

Thank you very much, and good luck with the campaign and election!

RandPaulforPresident2826 karma

People look at bipartisanship the wrong way. Too often in Washington bipartisanship means a handful of people make backroom deals where they "compromise." Real bipartisanship is being open and finding areas where we actually agree and pushing those issues forward. I've worked hard with my colleagues on the left to reform the criminal justice system: https://www.randpaul.com/issue/criminal-justice-reforms

clearblack1265 karma

Hello Rand,

I write for my school newspaper much like you did. In your old articles you seem to hold the same views, it is clear you do not pander for votes. Do you believe there are any hard obstacles that we as a nation have to unite and face that other politicians won't touch due to criticism?

RandPaulforPresident2427 karma

Auditing the Fed is one of the hardest obstacles we face and there are some who won't stand up to the Fed because of their special interests. But it's one that we need to unite around because we have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation's money supply. https://www.randpaul.com/issue/audit-the-fed

Chaseturrentine844 karma

Thanks for doing this. I've followed you and your dad for years so I know most of your policy positions so I'll pose an alternate question:

If you had to exist in an alternate universe, would you choose Star Wars universe, Harry Potter universe, Lord of the Rings universe, or some other?


(If you choose Star Wars, keep in mind what happens to most politicians in that universe).


RandPaulforPresident1918 karma

If you've been following along on social media you should already know the answer! Lord of Rings of course. We can't elect Gollum! https://www.facebook.com/notes/rand-paul/electing-gollum-should-not-be-our-objective/10154006377868054

HeyBayBeeUWanTSumFuk758 karma

What's your favorite movie?

RandPaulforPresident2269 karma

Enemy of the State! It's a thriller about a guy who fights the NSA. In real life I fight the NSA for your right to privacy so it's definitely my favorite. https://randpaul.com/issue/ending-nsa-spying

ShaynePC733 karma

Hello Rand! Best of luck on the campaign trail and I can't wait to vote for you in the New Hampshire primary in a couple weeks.

I was one of the students who wore your "StandWithRand" shirts at Ted Cruz's Presidential Bid announcement at Liberty University last year, which we were required to attend. We figured that if we had to attend Cruz's rally we might as well show who we actually support. I just wondered if you had heard about that since it made the national news. Here is a couple of pictures of the members of the LU Students for Rand Club at the event for those interested (I'm not in either picture).




My question for you is this. What do you plan to do regarding the whole college tuition/debt crisis our nation faces? I know you do not support "free universal college tuition" as Senator Bernie Sanders does (and I applaud you for that) but I wonder what reforms or ideas you do hope to implement in our Federal loan program/national college tuition hikes, if any?

Thank you for holding fast to the principles of libertarianism and freedom!

RandPaulforPresident1711 karma

I would like to make college tuition tax deductible and get the government out the business of running the program so market competition can work: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/04/10/rand-paul-college-tuition-should-be-a-tax-writeoff/

clearblack497 karma

Hello Rand,

What is your favorite kind of whiskey?

RandPaulforPresident1585 karma

Kentucky bourbon, of course!

Storm_Shaker462 karma

Hi Senator Paul, thanks for doing this AMA!

My question is, how can I help support your campaign while under the legal voting age? As a teen in New Jersey, I don't see many opportunities to spread the word of your campaign.

RandPaulforPresident889 karma

You can get involved with our Students for Rand organization! Anyone, voting age or not, can sign up and be a part of our phone from home program: https://randpaul.com/students You can also make sure you're sharing information on social media and spreading the word!

afgmirmir128 karma

Good evening Senator Paul,

As a currently enrolled student in school , i work a part time job over the weekend to make a few extra dollars on the side. A big part of my paycheck goes torwards taxes , with federal tax being the most. If elected , how will you approach the issue of high federal taxes and unreasonable government spendings?

Thank you!

RandPaulforPresident372 karma

I'm the only candidate with both a flat tax cut that gets rid of the IRS and a 5 year budget plan. We should be able to do both, cut taxes and reform spending. randpaul.com/issue/taxes