During his first foray into New Hampshire of 2015, the self-proclaimed Republican champion of outreach and broadening the GOP’s appeal Rand Paul said:
“You know the thing is that all of these programs – there’s always somebody who is deserving. Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts, join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a back pain.”
Just take a look at the damage Paul did in just one day in New Hampshire. Imagine an entire campaign! Or four entire years in the White House! Yikes.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first visit to New Hampshire this year as a likely presidential hopeful drew a rebuke from Democrats for a comment he made about people on disability benefits. Paul, during a breakfast meeting with legislators Wednesday, made a remark about certain people "gaming the system." The Democratic National Committee circulated a video clip of Paul's comments and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called it insulting to people with disabilities.
Just a few hours into his first presidential campaign-style visit to New Hampshire Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was taken to task by Democrats for saying that “over half the people on disability” do not deserve to receive federal assistance. Leading the criticism was New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He called Paul’s comments “ridiculously reminiscent” of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and would never vote for him.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people "game the system" to receive disability payments they don't deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he says needs reform.
Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and he's making headlines for a controversial comment he made about people with disabilities. Paul insinuated that a significant number of people are gaming the system. Democrats pounced immediately in a manner similar to what might be seen in a general election campaign.
Democrats blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday for arguing that a majority of people collecting Social Security disability benefits are taking advantage of the system.
Hours into his New Hampshire trip Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quickly came under attack by the Democratic National Committee for comments he allegedly made about people who file disability claims.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first day on the presidential campaign trail this year had Democrats comparing him unfavorably to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Paul, making his first major campaign swing of the year with a series of meetings in New Hampshire, said Wednesday morning that "over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. ... "
And lest we forget…
Speaking to a room full of gun rights advocates at the Londonderry Fish & Game Club, Paul said that while the concept of having a multinational body to "discuss diplomacy" isn't necessarily a bad one, he objects to the current structure, in which the United States has to foot "a huge chunk" of the U.N.'s bill. “I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the U.N., and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”
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