At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

02/27/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Paul, R-Ky., delivered a nearly 20-minute speech often interrupted by cheers and chants from the young libertarian-leaning crowd. In his speech Paul delivered a call to arms for lovers of liberty to join his vision and “reclaim our birthright.”

During his remarks, Paul cited the Constitution — reminding the crowd their rights cannot be disparaged — and pushed for smaller government.

“Liberal policies have failed our inner cities,” Paul declared. “Liberal policies have failed our communities. Our schools are not equal and the poverty gap continues to widen.”

Paul made a pitch for a “new way” predicated on “opportunity and freedom.” Kentucky’s junior senator said it’s time to “break down the wall that separates us from the other America.”

“The president’s answer is raise taxes again. I believe we should do the opposite. I propose we cut everyone’s taxes from the richest to poorest,” he said.

In the coming weeks, Paul said he will propose the “largest tax cut in American history.”

“A tax cut that will leave more money in the paychecks of every worker in America,” Paul said. “My tax plan will get the IRS out of your life and out of the way of every job creator in America.

“My plan will also cut spending and balance the budget in just five years.”

The Bowling Green Republican has been on the road for the better part of two years in a run up to a possible bid for president. Paul has said the decision on a run will be a announced in late March or April.

From the beginning of his exploration of a run for the White House, Paul has sought to dismantle potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Paul returned to that line on Friday, attacking Clinton for her time as secretary of state and dropping the ball on the Benghazi terror attack in September of 2012, which took the life of the American ambassador.

“Hillary’s war made us less safe,” Paul said. “Libya is less stable and radical jihadists run amok. They now swim in our swimming pool. Hillary’s war in Libya allowed thousands of surface-to-air missiles to get into the hands of radical Islamists.”

Paul said that as Clinton was “declaring victory in Libya, Ambassador (Chris) Stevens was pleading for more security.”

“I believe Hillary Clinton’s abdication of responsibility, her refusal to provide an adequate defense for Benghazi, her dereliction of duty should forever preclude her from higher office,” Paul said. “It’s time for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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