Mother Jones has obtained videos of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaking to crowds on the campaign trail between 2007 and 2009 during which time he told them Jimmy Carter was better on spending than Ronald Reagan.
PAUL: “The deficit went through the roof under Reagan. So how long did it take Ron Paul to figure out that the guy he had liked, endorsed, campaigned for, campaigned for him? The very first [Reagan] budget. Ron Paul voted “no” against the very first Reagan budget… Everybody loved this “great” budget. It was a $100 billion in debt. This was three times greater than Jimmy Carter’s worst deficit.”
Tell me more!
PAUL: “Some say, well that’s fine, but there were good old days. We did at one time…When we had Reagan, we were fiscal conservatives. Well, unfortunately, even that wasn’t true. When Reagan was elected in 1980, the first bill they passed was called the Gramm-Latta bill of 1981, and Republicans pegged it as this great step forward. Well, Jimmy Carter’s last budget was about $34 or $36 billion in debt. Well, it turns out, Reagan’s first budget turned out to be $110 billion dollars in debt. And each successive year, the deficit rose throughout Reagan’s two terms.
If Rand Paul had been caught in bed with male prostitutes or wearing diapers, it would probably be less controversial than saying anything negative about Ronald Reagan. But Rand didn’t stop there. He said Jimmy Carter was better than Reagan.
Even if that’s true it isn’t going to matter. The name Rand Paul is well on its way to becoming blasphemy.