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:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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