Rand Paul revealed Thursday that during 13 hours of filibustering, one part of him was in intense agony — his feet.
“We had no plan [for the filibuster] and I had the wrong shoes on,” the junior Kentucky senator admitted to CNN’s Dana Bash.
“My feet were hurting the whole day. You can't leave the floor and you can't sit down. So you can't use the restroom or do anything like that.”
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Even Paul’s political enemies were impressed he was able to avoid a dash to the bathroom during his long, intensive bid to stall a vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan. His speech is believed to be the ninth longest in the history of the Senate.
“To succeed, you need strong convictions but also a strong bladder. Senator Paul has both,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
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Paul told radio host Glenn Beck he had even considered having a catheter fitted in order to get through the filibuster ordeal without a bathroom break.
“I did think about it. I've put them in before, but I really decided against it,” said Paul, who is an ophthalmologist.
Paul — who demanded answers from President Barack Obama on the possible use of drones against American citizens — told CNN: “We want the president to respond. And what we're hearing from the White House is they may respond to my question. If they do, we're willing to let the Brennan nomination go forward.”
He declined to say who had contacted him, but noted, “Somebody on my staff and other Republican staffs are talking to the White House.”
Paul said he believed that the president would have been “standing with me last night,” in support if he was still a senator.
“He's either forgotten or needs to be more explicit in what his beliefs are,” Rand said.
“Should there be enough power by any politician, Republican or Democrat, to just say you're an enemy combatant and a hellfire missile drops on your house? … I believe that's unjust and unconstitutional.”
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