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Sen. Paul touches on drones, hemp, marriage, presidential ambitions, more at UK event

By Josh James
WUKY reporter

Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, talked to students at the University of Kentucky Wednesday about his recent filibuster over the use of drones, the passage of a state hemp bill and the Supreme Court arguments on marriage.

Sen. Rand Paul (Photo from WUKY)

Paul’s presentation “Restoring Economic Freedom” was part of a UK Gatton College of Business and Economics program given by Branch Banking and Trust. The BB&T gift was to promote research into ways to get students to better understand the free market and the workings of the free enterprise system. A long line of students and other attendees were turned away as the crowd at UK’s Worsham Theatre reached maximum capacity.

Sen. Paul began by discussing his recent headline-grabbing filibuster, before touching on jobs, taxes and health care reform. He also told the crowd, as the Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the question should be handled by states.

“Now can two people who are not man and woman love each other and have a relationship? That’s not my business at all, and if they want to make a contract that’s not my business at all either. You should have the right to visit whomever you want in the hospital. You should have the right of inheritance. Anybody you want to have a contract with you should be allowed to,” Paul said.

After the speech, Paul met with reporters and expressed optimism that the hemp bill approved in the legislature could prompt action at the federal level.

“… I’m going to try to send a letter to the president and ask him to give Kentucky a waiver. We could be one of the first states to grow hemp. That would be great,” Paul responded.

Asked about his presidential ambitions, the senator said he wants to be part of the national debate in 2016, but he doesn’t anticipate making any announcements before 2014.

WUKY (91.3 FM) is a National Public Radio station in Lexington.

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