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Rand Paul Video May Have Violated Senate Rules

By    |   Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:11 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul may have violated Senate rules in a presidential campaign video in which he uses footage of himself speaking on the Senate floor, Politico reports.

In the one-minute, 20-second video, Paul features his 10-and-a-half-hour filibuster-like talk on the Senate floor on May 20 against the renewal of parts of the Patriot Act.

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But Senate rules state, "The use of any tape duplication of radio or television coverage of the proceedings of the Senate for political campaign purposes is strictly prohibited."

Paul's video says it was funded by "Rand Paul for President" and is posted on what is labeled his official campaign YouTube channel. It includes a link to a page where people can donate to his campaign.

The video opens and closes with film of Ronald Reagan's 1964 speech in which he said, "Those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course."

The majority of the video, however, is from Paul's speech. Much is video of him standing on the Senate floor, other parts use only audio of Paul over pictures of supporters standing in front of television sets showing Paul deliver his marathon talk.

It's not Paul's first flirtation with breaking the Senate rule, Politico noted, pointing to a 2013 video used in his video launching his presidential campaign.

That video, however, clearly showed a Fox News logo on the bottom of the screen, indicating it was taken from news coverage. The current video has no TV logos.

No one from Paul's Senate or campaign offices responded to requests for comment, Politico reported.

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