Thursday, March 7, 2013
Paul ends marathon filibuster to delay vote
on nominee by tweeting thanks to supporters
Kentucky’s junior Sen. Rand Paul ended his historic filibuster close to midnight last night … after more than 12 hours of non-stop talking … about the possibility of drone attacks on American citizens … on American soil … by telling the nation he would talk … for another 12 hours to beat the filibuster record … set by the late Sen. Strom Thurmond … but nature called.
Paul began the filibuster to delay a confirmation vote on Pres. Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA director John Brennan.
The nation watched as the media kept count of each hour of the speech which began at 11:47 a.m. and ended more than a dozen hours later. Paul posted a message on twitter early this morning thanking his colleagues for coming to support him and asking him long questions as a means of giving him momentary breaks.
Senior Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell joined him along with Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and others. Rubio advised him to keep water close at hand in a joking reference to his own infamous drink of water while delivering the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address in February. Cruz read him tweets from supporters.
The speech focused on a memo from Attorney General Eric Holder indicating drone strikes on Americans considered to be potential terrorists could be carried out at the president’s discretion, even on American soil, without charge or trial.
“They shouldn’t just drop a hellfire missile on your cafe’ experience,” said Paul. He said it was not enough for the President to say he didn’t intend to kill Americans on American soil. “When your government won’t tell you they don’t have the power to do something,” said Paul, “they’re telling you they do have that power.”
“Even under George W. Bush, no one maintained that you could kill Americans at home,” he said. “Does the President have the power to decide when the Bill of Rights applies?”
Paul is the son of former Sen. Ron Paul, who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2012.