Tampa – Senator Rand Paul delivered a speech to the Republican National Convention peppered with red-meat language tailored for supporters of his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and Tea Party activists. Sen. Paul’s lines kept pace with the Republican attacks on President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment, and his remarks on individualism unified the crowd in ovations. He doubled down on his controversial remarks that ObamaCare is still unconstitutional even though the Supreme Court ruled otherwise. Weak chants of “Paul ’16! Paul ’16!” could be heard at various times during his speech, particularly toward its end.
When he talked about security and defense, though, the crowd split its reactions.
“To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security,” he said, hinting at the Patriot Act and other security legislation that many Republicans have championed.
His full remarks after the jump.
CONTINUED at Reason. Written by Garrett Quinn.