Rand Paul promises individual liberties and state's rights in NH speech
MILFORD - At a rally in Milford Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) emphasized personal freedoms and state's rights, announcing that he has come to New Hampshire to "fight for your right to be left alone."
Paul, who released Tuesday that he is planning to run for President, promised to get the federal government out of people's homes, businesses and churches.
He went on to say that Washington, D.C., is "horribly broken," but that there is still time to do the right thing and "quit spending money we don't have."
Paul said he plans to force Congress to balance the nation's budget by creating a Constitutional amendment that would require lawmakers to pass a balanced budget.
The crowd, which filled Milford Town Hall, cheered loudly and began to chant "President Paul" when he made those statements. Paul reacted by holding his hand to his left ear.
Paul talked about visiting Detroit, Chicago and eastern Kentucky, and how he would approach poverty in those areas. He said he would leave the tax money that is sent to Washington and "squandered," in Detroit instead.
The crowd also cheered when Paul suggested eliminating the Common Core State Standards in education.
"Our schools are not equal and the poverty gap has widened. I want all of our children to have the same opportunities I had," Paul said. "Not only do we not need Common Core, we need school choice. Let them have choice!"
Paul began to wrap up his speech by taking on radical Islam.
"I will do whatever it takes to defend against these haters of mankind," Paul said.
Prior to Paul's speech, John Babiarz and his wife, Rosalie, of Grafton, waited patiently in front of the stage. John said he wanted to hear Paul speak without the "media filters."
"Somebody has to vet the candidates," he said.
Rosalie said she planned to be "open-minded" as she listened to Paul's speech.
Louri Boilard of Manchester was in the crowd with Robin Biundo and Bob Belzil, also of Manchester. At 87-years-old, this was the first time Belzil has been to a political rally.
"I think it is very important to listen to all of the candidates," Boilard said.
Paul plans to visit South Carolina, Iowa, Nevada and California next.
-NH1 staff member Kimberley Haas contributed to this report.