Rand Paul: GOP Can't Block 'Politicized' Surgeon General Nominee

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:18 PM

By Greg Richter

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. Rand Paul says the president's nominee for surgeon general politicizes the office, but there is nothing he or fellow Republicans can do to stop confirmation.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said he is asking President Barack Obama to withdraw the nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy.

Murthy is president of Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 doctors and medical students who support Obamacare. Murthy also is an outspoken opponent of gun rights.

"Every other word that comes out of his mouth or through his tweets is something condemning gun owners, condemning the NRA," Paul said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."

He said he and his GOP colleagues will do what they can to filibuster the nomination, but there's little hope of succeeding: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "destroyed the filibuster."

Reid led Democrats in a November vote that imposed the "nuclear option," allowing for a simple majority for most presidential nominees rather than the previous 60 votes. Democrats have a 55-45 advantage in the Senate, meaning Republicans would need to sway six Democrats to defeat a nominee.

"We can object, we can vote against him, we can tell the public that we don't think it’s a good idea to politicize the position of surgeon general," Paul told host Sean Hannity. "But ultimately, he will have the power to roll over us because right now the Senate operates under the iron-fisted rule of one man, Harry Reid. What he says is what goes."

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Reports: Man Who Jumped White House Fence Had a Knife

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 23:47 PM

The man who got inside the White House on Friday after jumping a fence and running more than 70 yards across the North L . . .

Alan Dershowitz: Strongest Ally in the Middle East Is Israel

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 21:52 PM

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said on Saturday that the strongest ally in the Middle East in battling the . . .

Wife of British ISIS Hostage Pleads for His Release

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 20:51 PM

The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, say . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved