Rand Paul On Differences With Ron Paul: "There Are Degrees How Much You Intervene Around the World"


NBC's Chuck Todd asks Sen. Rand Paul where he differs from his father Ron Paul.

CHUCK TODD: You said something right after the 2012 election about your dad. You said, "Maybe, just maybe the Ron Paul revolution is the last best hope for saving the GOP from oblivion." If you run a good campaign and you're not the Republican nominee, GOP headed for oblivion?

SEN. RAND PAUL: Sometimes we have flowering rhetoric that we use. And sometimes--

CHUCK TODD: You think you overdid it there?

SEN. RAND PAUL: Probably not me, of course. Other politicians probably have been over the top, but never me. No, I think we say a lot of things. And I was very sincere that, you know, I was a great fan of my dad. I think he's one of the few honest and genuine people in politics. So I do mean that in my support. But I think also when we say, "It's our guy or oblivion," we may sometimes be using a little rhetorical flourish.

CHUCK TODD: Where do you disagree with your dad? Give me three areas--

SEN. RAND PAUL: You go first. You go first. Where do you disagree with your dad? And then I'll go to mine. No, I mean--

CHUCK TODD: Well, but you guys are both elected officials.

And your campaign, been a lot of Ron Paul fans that showed up today and showed up--

SEN. RAND PAUL: I would say the best way to describe it has to be sort of in general terms unless we've got a few hours, you know--

CHUCK TODD: Fair enough.

SEN. RAND PAUL: And the thing is that I would say that we both believe in the original intent of the Constitution. We both believe that government should spend only that comes in. We both believe in a strong national defense. And we both believe that maybe in the spectrum of foreign policy that maybe we've intervened too much.

Now, there's degrees of how much you intervene around the world. And he might be a little bit more towards the side of not ever intervening. And I'm towards the side of deciding how we intervene through Congress and doing it when there is a vital American interest involved. And so I think there are times you intervene. I think I.S.I.S. is one of those.

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