Rand Paul, in an interview on The Kelly Report, stated what he considered one of the difficulties facing Jeb Bush at CPAC. The two-time Straw Poll winner was very quick to point out that the CPAC was a conservative conference. He said, “There will not be as much enthusiasm for moderates at this conference.” This though was only the tip of the iceberg.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush late Wednesday for what he called “hypocrisy” on drug policy ahead of this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
What did Paul mean? Well, it is very simple. Paul has been very crafty in his wording here. With Bush confessing his marijuana use just a month ago, Bush might have scored some points with younger voters.
The Huffington Post reported:
“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush, the current Republican frontrunner seeking his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, told the Boston Globe . . .
For Paul, who has predominately done well amongst younger voters, this could mean Bush was seeking to lure away some of those voters. This is especially a concern with the traditionally young crowds at CPAC. So what did Paul Say?
“When Jeb was a very wealthy kid at a very elite school, he used marijuana but didn’t get caught, didn’t have to go to prison.” Paul told “The Kelly File” Wednesday. “I think it shows some hypocrisy that’s going to be very difficult for young people to understand why we’d put a 65-year-old guy in jail for medical marijuana.”
Kelly, thinking that Paul was hitting on Bush’s wealth, she asked. “Do you think it’s fair to make an issue of his (Bush’s) wealth?”
Paul’s answer is classic.
“What I’m talking about is not the hypocrisy of wealth, it’s the hypocrisy of evading the law, because the law seems to target and seems to go after poor people, often people of color,” Paul continued. “What’s hypocritical is if you’re very wealthy, [if] you’re able to escape the long arm of the law is then to really want to throw long sentences, 15 years, 20 years, 50 years in prison for marijuana at people, so I think that’s where the hypocrisy comes in.”
Where does this charge of hypocrisy come from? Fox reports.
Last year, Bush opposed a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution that would have legalized medical marijuana in the state. The measure came up short of the 60 percent threshold needed to be approved by voters.
Paul, like his father, will be the most conservative in the race. He will lose some points with his view of personal liberty. But, it is going to be harder and harder for people to overcome his pull on the youth. Who, like our founders, want the government to stay out of our personal lives.
If Paul plays this tough once he is officially in the race, it might shape up to a knock down drag out.