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Rand Paul Strikes Back at Magazine's 'Stooge' Comparison

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 12:30 PM

Sen. Rand Paul hit back at New York Magazine for an opinion piece branding him as President Donald Trump's "most loyal stooge," saying that he's actually "one of the most independent senators on the Hill."

"Haters are going to hate," the Kentucky Republican said in a Fox News "Fox & Friends" interview Thursday. "What are you going to do? But I would say the evidence is quite to the contrary."

Paul told the program that he works with both Democrats and Republicans, and if he likes what the president is doing, and he thinks "a lot of what he is doing is good," then he'll happily support it.

"I'm not embarrassed to support conservative policies, but I was the only Republican that voted against a budget that would have added $9 trillion in new doubt," said Paul. "I'm hardly someone who is afraid to tout the party line."

In the opinion piece, liberal commentator Jonathan Chait writes that the GOP has been covering for Trump's errors, but Paul "has not only attached himself to Trump, but is actively snuffing out whatever faint stirrings of opposition his colleagues can muster."

In addition, he said, Paul has taken a stance against investigating Trump when it comes to Russia, or on anything else, telling Fox News that an an investigation would hinder Republicans' agenda items, such as repealing Obamacare.

“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy dismissed the article as "clickbait," and changed the subject to Senate bill 222, the Obamacare Replacement Act, and Paul said the legislation is gaining momentum.

"The House Freedom Caucus, 40 of the most conservative congressman, have endorsed it," said Paul. "That is a big deal. Congressman [Mark] Sanford from South Carolina has introduced a version in the House and now we have ours in the Senate. I think are conservatives coalescing around the idea we don't want Obamacare light. The House Freedom Caucus, myself, other conservatives, said we want complete repeal of Obamacare. That's what we voted on a year ago. Do it again and complete repeal and do a separate replacement package that's not another big government program, but market reforms that bring down the price of insurance."

Paul said he believes the Trump administration will support his replacement bill plans, which supports legalizing the sale of all types of insurance, the use of health savings accounts, and allowing individuals to join associations to bring down the cost of insurance.

"What really worries people, whether Republican, Democrat or liberal, is if someone in your family will get sick and the insurance company will drop you or raise your rates," said Paul. "If everybody were allowed to join an association, that would never happen again."

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Sen. Rand Paul hit back at New York Magazine for an opinion piece branding him as President Donald Trump's "most loyal stooge," saying that he's actually "one of the most independent senators on the Hill."
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