Sep 25, 2015 9:53 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
HENNIKER – Rand Paul says “I’ve had enough and I’m not going to do it anymore.”
The Republican senator from Kentucky and presidential candidate was talking about his opposition to a continuing resolution in Congress that would keep the federal government from shutting down.
Paul made his comments in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News minutes before holding a town hall at New England College. He was campaigning in New Hampshire ahead of key votes on Capitol Hill next week in the showdown over a possible federal government shutdown in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
“We borrow money at about a million dollars a minute. The continuing resolution is basically equivalent to adding about 400-billion dollars in debt , so I’m opposed to it. I won’t vote to continue spending money at this rate,” Paul said. “I am for it to come to a screeching halt.”
“We’ve been doing things backwards. We’ve been saying it takes 60 votes to defund planned parenthood. Actually it should take 60 votes to fund planned parenthood,” he added.
Paul was in the first-in-the-nation primary state as House Speaker John Boehner announced that he’d step down from his positon and leave Congress at the end of next month, over his fiscal clash with conservatives.
Asked by NH1 News what he made of the resignation, Paul said “the way I see it is voters are frustrated. They elected Republicans to be in charge of the House but they expect something.”
“I think our duty is to control the power of the purse and the spending and I think his resignation is an admission that maybe we haven’t done a good enough job because I think he’s been feeling the wrath of the voters,” Paul added.
Paul also weighed in on the controversy swirling around rival GOP White House contender Ben Carson.
Carson started a firestorm after questioning whether a Muslim was fit to serve as president.
Paul noted that “I think it’s important to note that in our country, what’s special about our country, there’s no religious test in the constitution.”
But he went on to say “I don’t want to slam Ben Carson because I think there are some questions. Part of the Islamic governments of other countries are adultery is treated with stoning. So if you are running for office in our country and you are a Muslim you will have to explain that disagree with the part of the Koran where it says you can stone women to death.”
Paul, who’s poll numbers in both national and Granite State public opinion surveys have dipped this summer, was also more than happy to take a shot at GOP front runner Donald Trump.
“I think that celebrity and someone who can hurl insults is hardly a qualification for office and no I don’t think he’s qualified,” Paul said about Trump.
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