Sen. Rand Paul: 'I Had Lunch About a Week Ago With Eric Holder'
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has criticized the Obama administration's use of drones to target American citizens overseas. But he said he's not afraid to sometimes agree with the administration, especially when it comes to restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons:
"I had lunch about a week ago with Eric Holder, and we had a pretty extensive discussion about (drones), about due process, but also about second chance. I believe in a second chance. Kids that make mistake with drugs that are given a jail sentence or given time in jail, I think they deserve a second chance. I think they deserve to get their rights back, the right to vote back."
Paul said that's one topic that he and Holder have in common.
"And you will find that I'm not someone -- while I do criticize the president, I don't do it only simply for partisan purposes. I do it when I disagree with him. When I agree with the president or with Eric Holder, I'm not embarrassed to say, even at CPAC, that I do agree with not allowing nonviolent felons, many years after their sentence, to be able to vote and enter society again."
Paul made the comments last Friday during an interview with Fox News's Greta Van Susteren.
On the topic of drones, Paul said it's "dangerous not to have due process for American citizens."
"I'm not against using drones" -- as a military weapon, he said. "But I have some questions about killing noncombatants and also questions particularly about killing Americans who might be on vacation somewhere. I have asked this question of the president repeatedly, is there some kind of process? Do we not get our day in court? I think it's very important that we do. And I will continue to argue for that."
Paul also said that although he hates Obamacare, "I will vote for things to make it less bad." But, he added, Democrats haven't brought any legislation to the floor that would do that.
On the other hand, Paul said President Obama "needs to be sued" for amending Obamacare without Congressional action. "But if it were a Republican president doing it, I would be just as critical," he added.
Paul, who is expected to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, says the GOP must expand.
"We need a bigger party," he told Van Susteren. "Until we have more African-Americans coming our way, Hispanic voters, Asian-American voters, Jewish-American voters -- we need a more diverse party."