Rand Paul discusses rising gas prices, whether U.S. should intervene in Syria and his hold on drug bills

02/24/2012 06:21 PM

Gas prices are rising so rapidly because U.S. debt has made the dollar worth less on the world market, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told business leaders in Northern Kentucky on Friday.

Speaking to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paul said “gas is not that much more precious now than it was two years ago. Your dollar is shrinking.”

Before the event, Paul answered questions on several issues, including his hold on a pair of Senate bills aimed at making illegal the use of synthetic drugs.

He said in a letter to the bills’ Democratic sponsors that he has a number of concerns, including that such drug laws should be decided by states and that they wouldn’t affect the supply and demand for them, as the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll reported.

Another reason outlined in the letter, which he said Friday was his main objection, was that drug penalties often are too harsh.

With much of the world’s focus on increasing violence in Syria, Paul said he doesn’t want the U.S. military to intervene:


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