Sunday Chatter: Rand Paul wins Michigan straw poll, blasts Clinton on 'Face the Nation'

09/20/2015 04:21 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is putting some of the blame for a refugee crisis in Syria on Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Paul said, “I think frankly that Hillary Clinton bears some of the responsibility for the crisis.”

“Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed saying about a week ago, a couple weeks ago, saying basically that Iran and Saudi Arabia had been arsonists throwing gasoline on flames there,” Paul said. “But in a way so has Hillary Clinton’s policy of putting arms into that situation.”

Paul said it wasn’t possible to find the “good people” in the region to arm. During the interview, Paul said that “really to arm either of the sides was a mistake.”

Paul added that the United States “shouldn’t do anything to push back” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because that opens a vacuum for Islamic terrorists ISIS.

While Clinton is calling on the United States to take in 65,000 refugees from Syria during her appearance on the television program, the Obama administration has said the United States will take in 10,000 people.

By Sunday afternoon the Associated Press reported that the U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees next year, a number hat could rise up to 100,000 people in 2017, according to current Secretary of State John Kerry.

As he has in recent weeks, Paul said the U.S. needs to be “a little bit weary” of who is let into the country.

Paul leads Michigan straw poll

While Paul has been scraping by in recent polling, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator got a boost this weekend as he won a Michigan straw poll at the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference.

According to Politico, Paul led voting with 22 percent followed by Carly Fiorina with 15 percent and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 13 percent.

The poll doesn’t hold a lot of weight in the hunt for electoral votes, but it is an organizational win for Paul’s campaign, which has struggled early in his bid for the White House.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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