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Rand Paul: US 'Can't Invite the Whole World' to Immigrate

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Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."

In a wide-ranging interview from New Hampshire with ABC News' Jon Karl, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders.

Paul, the Kentucky Republican exploring a 2016 campaign, says Bush should have kept his focus on controlling the U.S. borders.

"I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this," said Paul. "But I don't want to say, oh, he's terrible for saying this. If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people.

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"However, we can't invite the whole world. When you say they're doing an act of love and you don't follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think well because they're doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country."

Bush, a former Florida governor, says the GOP cannot demonize immigrants and should show compassion. He described illegal immigration as an "act of love" by people trying to provide for their families.

On other topics, Paul said that national defense spending is the "the most important thing" the government does, but it shouldn't be given a "bank check" like many conservatives believe.

"Some conservatives think, oh, give them whatever they want, and that everything is for our soldiers, and they play up this patriotism that, oh, we don't have to control defense spending," Paul said.

Paul, like many other Republicans considered as potential candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, was in Manchester, N.H. this weekend for the state's "Freedom Summit."

Karl pointed out that Paul was one of the only two senators, along with Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, to vote against aid for Ukraine. He also was one of two who voted against the resolution with Iran over nuclear weapons. Karl told Paul he is "more closely associated with the left" on such items.

"I think that's an incorrect conclusion, you know," Paul interrupted. "I would say my foreign policy is right there with what came out of Ronald Reagan."

Paul said that defense spending has to be controlled, because the nation "can't be a trillion dollars in the hole" on the issue.

And Paul said he voted against a resolution to do "anything possible" to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, because he fears such absolute measures could lead to war.

"I've repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran," said Paul "And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons. The way they wrote the resolution, and I'm a stickler on what the wording is, because I don't want to have voted for something that declared war without people actually thinking through this."

If such policies had been in place, this country would be at war over nuclear weapons in other countries, he said.

"We woke up one day and Pakistan had nuclear weapons. If that would have been our policy towards Pakistan, we would be at war with Pakistan," said Paul. "We woke up one day and China had nuclear weapons. We woke up one day and Russia had them. The people who say, 'by golly, we will never stand for that,' they are voting for war."

In other matters, Paul was cagy over his presidential aspirations. A New Hampshire poll, and several other polls have placed him in an early lead, but Paul said he's not made a decision.

"I guess it's better than not being noticed," said Paul. "No matter what happens, I think the Republican Party needs to evolve, change, grow if we're going to win again. And so I do want to be part of that."

Paul noted that there has been a "hardened resistance" when it comes to his party's attracting young voters and minorities that has been going on for "decade after decade after decade."

But meanwhile, he contended, there's "not one Democrat" that's offered to help the people of Detroit, which only gave Republicans 3 percent of the presidential vote.

"I went to the people of Detroit and I offered them a billion dollars of their own money to try to help them recover," said Paul. The money was in tax cuts, which Karl said "aren't going to help," but Paul said the money "would be left in the hands of businesses... let's grow those businesses and they will employ more people."

Paul also denied Sunday that he was questioning the motives of Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2009 when he made a speech claiming that Cheney wanted to invade Iraq because of his ties with Halliburton.

"I'm not questioning his motives," said Paul. "I don't think Dick Cheney did it out of malevolence, I think he loves his country as much as I love the country."

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