Rand Paul on Ferguson and How Democrats Would Respond to a Paul Campaign in 2016

by Ryan Lovelace

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) sat down with NBC’s Meet the Press while on a humanitarian mission to Guatemala to work as an eye surgeon to help the blind and near-blind see again. Paul talked about the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and how Democrats could respond to his candidacy for president in 2016.

Paul said there’s a very good chance the death of Michael Brown and its violent aftermath had nothing to do with race, but people perceive it to be a racial issue because of the rate at which African Americans are arrested in the town. He also spoke out against the growing militarization of police forces across the country, including in Fargo, N.D. And he added that he thinks the public is moving towards his way of thinking.

“I think that’s what scares Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what, we are tired of war. We’re worried Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung ho,’” Paul said. “If you want to see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen.”

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