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Rand Paul: GOP Senate Win Will Thwart Obama Agenda

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 09:21 PM

Sen. Rand Paul says a Republican takeover of the Senate would help move an agenda "partway" toward what many people in the country want.

Appearing Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," the Kentucky Republican outlined his party's agenda for 2015-16 if it is able to capture at least six more seats in the upper house of Congress.

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There will be some immigration reform, some tax reform, some regulatory reform and some lowering of taxes to bring jobs back home from overseas, Paul said.

"I think all of that will be put on the president's desk, and we will find out is the president going to be a leader or is the president going to be an obstructionist?" he told Van Susteren.

President Barack Obama has said his policies are on the ballot, much to the delight of Republicans facing tight races against Democrats who have distanced themselves from him over his dismal approval numbers.

Paul said this year's elections will be a referendum on those policies.

"Everything he's touched this year has turned to stone," he said.

Paul is traveling to Kansas on Tuesday to campaign for Sen. Pat Roberts, who is in a neck-and-neck race with independent Greg Orman. Paul also has an ad debuting for Roberts pointing out that Roberts was one of the few senators who backed Paul's amendment to cut off funds to Egypt after it's coup.

"I think most American people would be horrified to know that their tax dollars are sent to countries that hate us," Paul said. "So I had an amendment that would have cut off aid to the Muslim Brotherhood, and not that many people supported it, surprisingly."

Roberts' opponent Greg Orman is an independent, and has said he will likely caucus with whichever party is in the majority. But Paul said voters in Kansas should be wary. Orman's rise to a one-point lead over Roberts is due to the Democratic candidate, Chad Taylor, dropping out of the race.

"Who's he going to vote for?" Paul said of Orman. "If he votes for Harry Reid that means you'll never get any of your taxes lowered, you'll never get any regulations repealed, and, frankly, the economy will still continue to stagnate."

Back in his home state of Kentucky, Republican senior senator, Mitch McConnell, is facing a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Paul said an upcoming campaign appearance by Hillary Clinton on Grimes' behalf is "too little too late."

Besides, he added, Kentucky has never had an affinity for the Clintons and only voted for Bill Clinton when independent Ross Perot was on the ballot.

"There never has been a majority of Kentuckians who really are that fond of the Clintons," he said.

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