Democrats attack Rand Paul for criticizing Obama abroad
August 22nd, 2014
11:42 AM ET
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Democrats attack Rand Paul for criticizing Obama abroad

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Friday for criticizing the President while on a foreign trip.

"America has a proud tradition of letting politics stop at the water’s edge, but Paul doesn’t think that tradition applies to him," Michael Czin, the DNC's press secretary, said in a memo to reporters. “Regardless of political party, we do not go abroad and slam our own because of policy differences.”

In a meeting this week with the Guatemalan president, Paul blamed President Barack Obama's immigration policy for the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border.

The Kentucky Republican said the administration's ruling that allows certain undocumented immigrants to delay deportation ultimately motivated thousands of children to make the dangerous trek from Central American countries to the U.S. border.

"I told him, frankly, that I didn't think the problem was in Guatemala City but that the problem was in the White House in our country, and that the mess we've got at the border is frankly because of the White House's policies," Paul told Breitbart News, referring to his meeting with President Otto Perez Molina.

The first-term senator, also an ophthalmologist, was in Guatemala performing hundreds of eye surgeries with a group of physicians. His trip came amid a busy travel year for Paul, who's seriously considering a presidential bid in 2016.

More than 60,000 children - mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - have crossed into the U.S. illegally this year, and officials expect that total to rise to 90,000 by the year's end.

"I think what's happened at the border is all squarely at the president's lap. The problem and the solution aren't in Guatemala," Paul said. "The problem and solution reside inside the White House."

The senator said he supports a package of proposals passed by House Republicans earlier this month that would limit the administration's 2012 policy, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” The directive allows certain children and young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally to defer deportation for two years.

The House legislation would also tweak a 2008 anti-trafficking law, which was passed under George W. Bush’s administration and grants protections to children from Central American countries, making it difficult to deport them.

Both policies - along with violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - have been attributed as the primary causes behind this year's surge of children to the U.S. border.

Responding to the DNC's comments, Paul's senior adviser Doug Stafford said the senator "did in Guatemala what he does every day in the United States - speak the truth. Career politicians and political parties don't get that, but the American people do."

"If the DNC and the White House don't see that their shredding of the Constitution and abdication of responsibility for securing our border is the problem, they are the only ones," he added.

Paul told Breitbart earlier this week that most of his meeting with the Guatemalan president was focused on his humanitarian trip. “I didn’t intend this to be a political trip,” he said. “But I’m happy to answer questions about what came up in the meeting."


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -I don't care abroad, I am NOT living there. O.k.

    August 22, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Lizzie

    “Regardless of political party, we do not go abroad and slam our own because of policy differences"
    Nice for the DNC to acknowledge that, yet Senator Obama done exactly that, slam the USA overseas, there was not a peep out of the DNC.

    August 22, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Everything about this quack is political including how many bowel movements he has a day. Nothing on the shvur#43 who started his mess?
    Has he run away from any other half eaten hamburgers lately like the coward he is?
    He's "helping" the same people he doesn't want in the US. What a guy.

    August 22, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Obama - Election Death Hugs FREE!!!

    Obama has no foreign policy so the point is mute. And his policy of letting our country be invaded by millions of illegals and then helping them by giving them bus and plane rides all over the country at our expense is not foreign policy. It is clear the Obama administration and Democrats are retards and can't tell foreign policy from domestic policy.

    August 22, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Freekin jackhole. Next he'll be saying foreign leaders don't respect Obama...of course, why would they when we have our own people badmouthing the POTUS to them. Disingenuous BS from another self-serving GOPer/Teatroll. Only a matter of time until he's claiming ISIS and ebola are coming to us via the southern border.

    Except...oh yeah...vaccination rates in Central America are higher than in Texas.

    GOP/Teatroll demagoguery knows no bounds and never met a fact it couldn't ignore.

    August 22, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Next he'll be saying foreign leaders don't respect Obama...of course, why would they when we have our own people badmouthing the POTUS to them while doing everything they can to undermine everything he does? Just more disingenuous self-serving BS from another party-first GOPer/Teatroll. Only a matter of time until he's claiming ISIS and ebola are coming to us via the southern border.

    Except...oh yeah...vaccination rates in Central America are higher than in Texas.

    GOP/Teatroll demagoguery knows no bounds and never met a fact it couldn't ignore.

    August 22, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Obama has no foreign policy so the point is mute.

    I wish Randroid was mute, but you meant moot. Perhaps for you GOPers/Teatrolls, it's better to be mute than open your mouths and prove you're moot.

    August 22, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's entirely BS. Candidates attack the policies of sitting Presidents, abroad, all the time. Just More politics as usual from the subversive Democratic Party.

    August 22, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. rla

    Yeah right! After the Apology tour, the blaming of most everything on America (OVERSEAS), and the stirring of race by this administration and the democrats in general??? Wow they really have no pride or class!

    August 22, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Actually that policy only applies to Presidents without permanent tans. Anything goes now.

    Carry on Confederates! The south will rise again!! ( In my best Scarlett Katie O'Hara voice)

    ☺️☺️☺️

    August 22, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Paul told Breitbart that most of his meeting with the Guatemalan president was focused on his humanitarian trip."

    Yep. And since no one seemed to be paying attention to Rand Paul's "humanitarian" trip, he decided to throw out some
    red-meat media coverage guaranteed to get him the attention he thrives on.

    August 22, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. excuse my rant

    Obama – Election Death Hugs FREE!!!
    Obama has no foreign policy so the point is mute. And his policy of letting our country be invaded by millions of illegals and then helping them by giving them bus and plane rides all over the country at our expense is not foreign policy. It is clear the Obama administration and Democrats are retards and can't tell foreign policy from domestic policy.
    ________________________
    The law states that the children that are "invading" our country need to have due process before they can be deported. Until that takes place, their care and well being must be addressed. Are you suggesting that the President breaks the law and chose not to enforce it? It sure sounds like it to me.

    August 22, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    Speak of the truth! After 5 plus years of Whats-His-Name in the White House and being soundly criticized by both the Right and Left for mostly doing nothing, (Leading From Behind) hope and Change is more of the same. Is the guy a con artist or just merely incompetent? I am sure the people can't get rid of him soon enough.

    August 22, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Marty

    Mr Obama has made it very clear he and his administration represent those that follow him anyone else they will roll over legally or illegally.

    August 22, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    ""Paul told Breitbart that most of his meeting with the Guatemalan president was focused on his humanitarian trip."

    Yep. And since no one seemed to be paying attention to Rand Paul's "humanitarian" trip, he decided to throw out some
    red-meat media coverage guaranteed to get him the attention he thrives on."

    Pretty much hehe. That and it's Breitbart and a bigger sack of mindless partisan hacks would be hard to find.

    August 22, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Carry on Confederates! The south will rise again!! ( In my best Scarlett Katie O'Hara voice)"

    Yee-haw!

    If you look at that oh so determined face that CNN threw in for us of Rand, I suspect he's got his work cut out for him. It's rather hard on the poor fellow to be taken as seriously as he demands when the world knows he's riding daddy's coattails for his own glory.

    August 22, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Marcus (from...?)

    'Rick McDaniel – That's entirely BS. Candidates attack the policies of sitting Presidents, abroad, all the time. Just More politics as usual from the subversive Democratic Party.'

    Maybe, and only if you say 'criticisms' = 'attacks', but then again, what exactly Rand Paul is candidating for NOW? His term is due to end in TWO years, and wether he runs for the Senate or for POTUS, only THEN he'll be a candidate.

    August 22, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Laverne

    These Dogs will do anything to try and become president. Rand Paul WILL NEVER be POTUS, plain and simple!

    August 22, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Marcus (from...?)

    Breitbart – The site that never checks whatever 'proof' of 'liberal crimes' they ley their hands upon...
    How many heavily edited videos they've run so far?
    Even with their founder dead that lady who was fired thanks to their carelesness is still suing them for that, right?

    August 22, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He is lying, which is not uncommon.
    And CNN is helping him spread his lies....which is also not uncommon.

    August 22, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "I told him, frankly, that I didn't think the problem was in Guatemala City but that the problem was in the White House in our country, and that the mess we've got at the border is frankly because of the White House's policies," Paul told Breitbart News, referring to his meeting with President Otto Perez Molina.
    ---------------------------–
    Hmm, I see. In other words, Republicans build their "foreign policy bona fides" by going abroad and bad mouthing the POTUS behind closed doors. Our government is broken, alright. There's too many Republicans in it trying to break it.

    August 22, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. rick

    His opinion. And a first ammendment right. Everyone that I have seen on most of the blog replies expresses theirs. So what is realy the difference? Just because one person is in limelight. And another is unknown.. Dont mean that a opinion is valid or unvalid. Its a view.. And everyone has a right to say their view.. By our laws..

    August 22, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Name

    Finally paul talking smart again. Your damn right its obamas fault. They know it, we know, who doesnt know it, even obama knows it. Obama did it on purpose using latinos as political pawns. Latinos are obamas pawns

    August 22, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. riff raff

    So he can talk about immigration down there, but runs like he's on fire when approached unannounced? Man you guys sound really bad man, horrible, I think many of you seriously need counseling, quick! You can't even admit you would blame Obama if he did break the law, like you suggest, and blame him if he doesn't, let me guess, we should just let the Republicans do exactly as they please, problem is they won't even do that, disgusting.

    August 22, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Now imagine what Republicans say to people like Netanyahu behind closed doors.

    August 22, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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