Paul on Scandals: ‘President is Losing His Moral Authority to Lead This Nation’

By Penny Starr | June 13, 2013 | 3:40 PM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke on June 13, 2013 at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the scandals surrounding the Obama administration puts at risk the “moral authority” of the president’s leadership.

“I think it’s like the old MacDonald’s farm of scandals – here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal,” Paul said on Thursday at the opening of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C.

“And seriously, I think to lead a country, to lead a nation, you need not only legal authority but you need moral authority,” Paul said. “And I think this constellation of scandals shows that the president is losing his moral authority to lead this nation.”

During his speech at the conservative conference, Paul spoke mostly about the persecution of Christians and said American taxpayers should not be contributing to countries and regimes that perpetrate those actions.

“It angers me to see my tax dollars supporting regimes that put Christians to death for blasphemy against Islam,” Paul said.

He said no American funding should go to any regime that allows burning of the American flag.

The three-day conference, “Road to Majority,” includes visits to Capitol Hill to lobby legislators and brainstorming sessions for “building a pro-life conservative majority.”

Paul and the other senators that spoke – Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- all got standing ovations from the crowd.