Rand Paul gives Obama the royal treatment
January 15th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
10 years 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."

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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. Dan Spagone

    @ Scott O'Canada
    You are incorrect sir. Even CNN reported that less than 39% of Americans want tougher gun control. That is from their own poll.

    January 15, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. James Klimaski

    Rand Paul says things like this just to keep his name in the limelight. George Washington issued the first executive order and they have been issued by every president since. Paul's knowledge of the Second amendment comes only from the slogans of the NRA and not from any real study of the history of this country. He doesn't read history because it does not coincide with his beliefs. The Second Amendment was written to protect the militia of the Southern States that were used to keep slaves from revolting against their masters or escaping to the north. It was drafted by Patrick Henry and James Mason. The Civil War made the Second Amendment irrelevant. It is the gun industry that recreated it for their own profit.

    January 15, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. joeh

    Insane person saying insane things. Republican party is out of step, out of tune, out of touch. If Republicans don't chase lunatics like this out of office, they will never have another president in the White House. Not ever.

    January 15, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Terry Minnesota

    Well Mr paul – its called leadership which your enclave in congress can't seem to understand ... leadership ...

    January 15, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. RonPaul Supporter

    How could the apple fall so far from the tree? I totallly 100% support Ron Paul, but I could not vote for Rand

    January 15, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. thomas

    Another rant from a tea party twerp. He needs to go back home and continue living with his wife/cousin.

    January 15, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Datman

    This guy is a joke! When are you people gonna realize this whole gun control debate is about money. Congress will never pass an assault weapons ban because of the NRA which has put millions of dollars in to these politicians pockets. They don't care about you or your kids they care about money. "No drug, not even alcohol causes the fundamental ills of society. If we are looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power"

    January 15, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Rand Paul wants Billionaires to be Our Dictators, the TeaParty must go!!!

    January 15, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. seo

    And who voted for this nut case?

    January 15, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. xirume

    George Bush issued 290+ executive orders and nobody called him a king. Obama, less than 40 and the GOPhers are going bananas. Is that imbecilistic bigotry or what?

    January 15, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. TimInNC

    Guess Mr. Paul needs to get a refund on his History classes. Many among the Founding Fathers wanted to make President Washington "King George the First".

    January 15, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Leftcoastrocky

    What were the voters in Kentucky thinking?

    January 15, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. His panic

    So then Rand Paul would like to be Emperor Paul?

    January 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. Leftcoastrocky

    "The orders are expected to focus on increased enforcement of existing laws and directing federal agencies and states to better share information."

    Definitely within the powers of the president.

    January 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. John Diomitron

    King of Babylon he is! Where is America in the Bible? A MYSTERY it is no more! LET THE WISE HEAR WHAT I SAY!

    January 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Speck

    Kings? Please. Hey, Paul, you might want to take notice that tyrannical, wealthy people with a taste for pushing the common folk around are more likely to resemble your Koch puppet masters than the elected man.

    January 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. James

    –Carl Marx is smiling down on him -

    January 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Evelyn Connaway

    Jeff Brown in Jersey – You are so right and I agree with you. Someone sent me this and it hits the nail right on the head –
    "Ignorance is a unlimited natural resource in the USA and you can't fix stupid!

    January 15, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. alkp

    Rand Paul is a disappointment

    January 15, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. 57strat

    Sen. Rand Paul visited Israel as part of a trip that will include visits with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders. No doubt looking to see who would put the most cash in his pocket.

    January 15, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Dan5404

    Rand Paul's opinion means about as much as any Tea Party nutcase...nothing!

    January 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. fayray11

    we had King W for 8 terrible years that lingered like a cancer for at least another 2-4 years. Rand Paul can pouge mahone

    January 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Jersey Girl

    I agree with Jeff Brown in Jersey. The only way these Repubs got in to the majority in the Congress in 2010 was because the Dems stayed home. But remember in 2012, the Dems got more people into the Senate AND into the Congress than the Repubs. But only due to re-districting (gerrymandering) it looks like the Repubs are still in the majority in the house. Anyhow, the Repubs CONTINUE with their politics of FEAR. Pretending that the president is trying to be KING. This is so silly! He will only be there another four years, and then, if the Repubs CONTINUE on their path to irrelevancy (spelling?), it will be another Democrat in the White House! Go Hillary, go Elizabeth Warren, go Nina Turner of Ohio!!

    January 15, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. SecrtSqurl

    I thought America was about what the people want. The majority of people want additional legislation. How hard is that to understand?

    January 15, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. Mike Buck

    Its hard to see eye to eye with someone like Paul because he has Post Cranial Inversion. I hope PCI is covered by Obama Care.

    January 15, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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