Our visit with potential Presidential candidate Rand Paul

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a meeting for the Arkansas Republican Party at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, Ark., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he believes Republicans could lure young voters if they focus on privacy issues following the revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance. (AP Photo/The Sentinel-Record, Mara Kuhn)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a meeting for the Arkansas Republican Party at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, Ark., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he believes Republicans could lure young voters if they focus on privacy issues following the revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance. (AP Photo/The Sentinel-Record, Mara Kuhn)

 

Thirty Minutes with Potential Presidential Candidate Rand Paul

My son Hunter and I had the opportunity to visit with Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky for about a half hour on  January 31st  in Hot Springs.  We had arrived in Hot Springs at 4:30pm and Senator Paul was scheduled to speak at a large gathering later that night at 7 pm. We were talking about some of the things we have read about Rand Paul’s potential run for the Presidency.  Then I noticed Mr. Paul in a side room and I commented, “We are talking about you.” Senator Paul invited us into the small room he was occupying for a visit.

We were curious about some of his political views, and he openly talked with us in an almost carefree and laid back sort of way. Here are a few details from our discussion.

My son Hunter is a trained sniper and a sergeant in the National Guard 1st Squadron 151st Cavalry out of Camden.  Senator Paul asked Hunter  about his military service in Iraq and then said, “I’ve got a gun range at my home in Kentucky.” The Senator asked Hunter what was the most difficult thing about the training to become a sniper. Hunter responded, “Surprisingly, it wasn’t the shooting portions of the school. It was probably the stalking exercise in which we had to crawl hundreds of meters, identify and shoot at target and all without being detected.”

Then we  asked Senator Paul his views on the divisive issue of abortion. Senator Paul  responded that he was pro-life and  last year he proposed the ‘The Life at Conception Act” that  would declare  human life began at conception. He explained this bill is designed to extend 14th amendment protections to the unborn, making it illegal to deprive them of life.

Next we asked about his faith and he told us that he was a Christian, and he used to belong to a Presbyterian Church but now is a Methodist.

I told him that I had recently learned a very interesting fact about Kentucky’s history.  I had a customer from Pikeville, Kentucky that I visit with and that was the location of the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud. I learned that the phrase “What the Sam Hill is going on?” came from 1887 when the Governor of Kentucky sent Sam Hill to Pikeville to find out what was going on and why the Hatfields and McCoys were shooting at each other all the time. Newspapers waited around the country to hear “what in the Sam Hill was going on up there.”

Senator Paul said that was news to him and he pointed  out the phrase “that is a bunch of bunk” also came from a person from a county that had the word “bunk” in it. People would stop listening to him because he was so boring and obtuse and they would comment “that is just a bunch of bunk.”

Later in the evening in his speech Rand Paul said that he is considering running for the presidency, but his wife has both votes and currently she is saying “no” because the time it would take away from their family. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

The south has played such an important part in the race for the presidency in the last few decades. In 1992 the three final candidates  were George Bush of Houston, Texas, Ross Perot of Texarkana, Texas and Bill Clinton of Hot Springs, Arkansas. When you think about it they all  were from the short 250 mile stretch from Hope, Arkansas to Houston, Texas!! Then George W. Bush of Texas  became president after Clinton,  and in 2008 former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus.  Currently Huckabee is hosting the most successful show in Fox News history,  but he may consider running for the presidency again and most people consider Hillary Clinton as the most probable nominee for the Democrats. Here is an amazing fact for you to consider. If our next president is either Mike Huckabee or Hillary Clinton then possibly 28 of the 36 years from 1989 to 2025,   the White House would have been occupied by someone  from Arkansas or Texas.

Back here at home politics are going full force down at the capital in Little Rock too because  the Arkansas House and Senate are in session. I am hopeful that both Democrats  and Republicans will come work together for the good of the state unlike what we are seeing now in Washington.  One good sign of that is the mutual respect that both Republicans and Democrats have for the work that Shane Broadway  of Bryant is doing in running the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. His appointment to that position was supported by both Republicans and Democrats.

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