U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sounded very much like a man running for President during his speech at CPAC 2015 on Friday. Here are some of Paul's key remarks:
“We must preserve and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
“We must protect ourselves from jihadists without losing who we are as a people in the process. We must think before we act. We should promote stability — not chaos.”
“At home, conservatives understand that government is the problem, not the solution. As conservatives, we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become successful abroad.”
“I envision an America with a national defense unparalleled, undefeatable, and unencumbered by nation-building."
“It angers me to see [mobs] burning our flag and chanting ‘Death to America’ in countries that receive our foreign aid. I say not one penny more to these haters of America.”
“When we get to foreign policy, though, we’re not all the same. On one end, there are people who believe we should never be anywhere. On the other end, there are people who believe we should be everywhere all the time.”
“I think really, in the end, what we should do is obey the Constitution. The Constitution says that war, when we go to war, should be declared and should be initiated by Congress.”