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Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Senator Rand Paul responds to President Obama on the debt ceiling, gun control

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President Obama’s statements today on the debt ceiling and the use of an executive order to plow controversial gun control without Congressional approval drew some sharp statements from the junior Senator from Kentucky, Dr. Rand Paul.

Concerning the debt ceiling, the President came out targeting the Congress saying, “They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy,” Mr. Obama said during his final news conference of his first term in office. “The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.”

He went on to say that he would not negotiate on the debt ceiling, and he said Republicans in Congress would be responsible for the effects of a refusal to raise it.

“It would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy,” Mr. Obama said. “It would slow down our growth and tip us into recession. To even entertain the idea of this happening is irresponsible. It’s absurd.”

Senator Paul countered his “absurd” statement with the following Facebook post:

“President Obama says not raising the debt ceiling is “absurd” and would lead to “financial disaster.” Guess what else will lead to financial disaster? A $16 trillion national debt that keeps rising with no end in sight. Talk about absurd.”

In addition, the President renewed his threat Monday to use executive orders to push through controversial gun control measures with or without Congress’ blessing.

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Speaking at a news conference today (video):

“Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action.

“But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it.”

Senator Paul responded to the Obama threat saying in a CBN News interview in Jerusalem,  “I’m against having a king,” Paul said. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”

“I’ve been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican presidents. But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment, we will fight tooth and nail,” he continued.

“And I promise you, there’ll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress,” he vowed. “And you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this.”

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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