Rand Paul gives Obama the royal treatment
January 15th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul gives Obama the royal treatment

(CNN) - Saying President Barack Obama is acting like a "king" by threatening to take executive action on gun laws, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul cautioned the president to be ready for a fight on Capitol Hill.

"I'm against having a king," he said Tuesday in an interview in Jerusalem with the Christian Broadcasting Network. "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress - that's someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch."

Obama will announce proposals to curb gun violence Wednesday based on recommendations by Vice President Joe Biden's task force, which held meetings with multiple stakeholders in the gun control debate. The announcement comes just over a month after the deadly Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 26 killed, in addition to the gunman's mother.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Obama "intends to take a comprehensive approach," including renewal of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, a ban of high-capacity gun magazines and closing background check loopholes.

Among the proposals are 19 executive actions that Obama could take without congressional approval, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

But Carney noted "there are limits on what can be done within existing law" and said Congress would have to act on certain proposals "because the power to do that is reserved by Congress and to Congress."

If the president does decide to make unilateral moves, however, Sen. Paul warned such action would spark intense backlash.

"I've been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican presidents," he said. "But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment, we will fight tooth and nail."

"And I promise you," he continued. "There'll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress. And you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this."

His argument falls in line with critics who say recent legislative pushes–both at the federal and state level–to amend gun laws mark an aggressive front against Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association on Monday posted to Twitter that gun owners are "under assault" and argued the White House and New York Politicians "declare war on the #SecondAmendment."

New York lawmakers, led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, approved tough new firearm legislation Tuesday that represents the first gun control laws passed since the Newtown shooting.

Paul, a first-term senator, has not shot down potential interest in a 2016 presidential bid. His father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, is widely considered a leader among libertarians and made three White House runs, including a 2012 campaign.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    But neither do we want Princes of the Realm! Which is what we have in Congress and the House................

    January 15, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. starrface

    What do you expect from a goof ball GOP Kentucky Republican hillbilly? Gotta love the way the Republican Party is imploding.

    January 15, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. lou

    good 'ole Randy Paul I believe has been smok'in too much of that good ole blue grass back in his home state.

    January 15, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    Rand Paul has said he believes the military budget should be cut, too, so at least on that point he's not a "shrink the government" hypocrite. And yes, I remember Democrats saying Bush acted like he was king–remember "King George?"

    January 15, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Riley

    Obama is the worst President in history. He acts like a dictator imposing his will on us. Thank God there are enuff republicans to stop most of his reckless actions.

    January 15, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. CaliforniaAC

    The COURT JESTER wants to challange the KING?

    January 15, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. jay howard

    Somebody please shut this nut job up. He should just crawl back under his rock and put on his tinfoil hat and let real leaders save the country.

    January 15, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Herb

    Never thought much of this guy......until now,keep this up and i WILL be voting for you.

    January 15, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. superbole

    The GOP is finally putting the last stake into their own heart. And there's Rand Paul, chief among the men who killed the once Grand Old Party.

    January 15, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. superbole

    The once Grand Old Party is finally putting the last stake into its own heart. RIP GOP.

    January 15, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. jim

    King Obama? How about hillbilly Rand?

    January 15, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. TNPatriot

    Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    I thought they stopped letting crazies out of the asylum.

    Kentucky IS an asylum

    January 15, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. bankrupt1

    watch the Obama Deception.

    January 15, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. bankrupt1

    seems like americans should be voting on some of these things. (except who trusts the people that count them) health care, social security, whether we want to be in more wars, what to do with banking (regulating), who gets weapons, end the federal reserve...lots of important things should be going to a vote. real votes. not hacked votes.

    January 15, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. josh rogen

    much in the same way pro-choice activist oppose even the most reasonable infringement on abortion rights, pro-gun activist oppose even the most reasonable infringement on gun rights. one could argue which kills more children each year, but i don't think that's a debate anyone wants to get into.

    January 15, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Jim in PA

    Well, if anyone is familiar with the concept of royalty, it would be a Senator who only won his seat because of who his father is.

    January 15, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Sham

    Nutcase. Last I checked, the President was re-elected by winning both the popular vote AND the electoral college. Not how things work with monarchs.

    January 15, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Trent

    Why do these tea partiers insist on using such violent language to describe their position? "Fight tooth and nail" "assault" ... Really? Get real Rand.

    January 15, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. kkob

    So Paul, what is your idea to address the matter at hand, i.e., abuse of guns?
    The Second Amendment has been read too broadly.
    Assault are not needed by anyone other than the government's forces.
    Anyone found with one should be sentenced to a lengthy prison term and made to pay for their upkeep.
    The President is at least taking action!

    January 15, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. pflatman

    Poor babies. Poor Randy. Wah.

    January 15, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. kingofknox12

    Oh yes, Obama is certainly a king. After all, he dropped the public option from the health care law, has allowed states to opt out of No Child Left Behind, voiced support for gay marriage (which means LESS government interference in private lives btw), hasn't shut down Gitmo, and "chose" to allow a lawful election. Do you Paul supporters honestly believe all the garbage you spew? Obama is an American citizen who won a second term. Get over it!

    January 15, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Sara

    Everyone that is commenting, be sure to do your homework before labeling anyone a racist, etc. Do you really want any POTUS to take away your RIGHTS? Of course not but Obama is......you need to be asking yourselves the REAL questions! Again, do you homework before you judge anyone especially politicians and our histories, in our country and abroad. You all need to WAKE UP!

    January 15, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. C-Dog

    I think everyone should have a gun. If everyone had an assault rifle we'd all just kill the first one that started shooting. The world would be a lot safer. Just like the wild west but with bigger clips and better ammo!

    January 15, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. tet1953

    So much for never denegrating the President or America when on foreign soil.

    January 15, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Icurheinie

    Most of the far right NRA folks are people with psychotic delusions (honestly) who think the government is out to get them. The problem? Mass shootings have become pandemic so action needs to be taken. And that doesn't mean putting armed guards in every school, theater, mall and public space. Since that is not an option, we have to do other things. Nothing will solve the problem but every little bit helps. I would encourage reps like Rand Paul to go out and get a spine and do what is necessary to save lives, but he's just worried about his political career.

    January 15, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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