Thu March 7, 2013
Watch Rand Paul's Filibuster. All 13 Hours of It.
Ending early Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director for nearly 13 hours.
Early on, Paul said: I don't rise to oppose John Brennan's nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle. The principle is one that as Americans we have fought long and hard for and to give up on that principle, to give up on the bill of rights, to give up on the Fifth Amendment protection that says that no person shall be held without due process, that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted. This is a precious American tradition and something we should not give up on easily.
Later, Senate Republicans joined Paul's effort. Here's what WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey wrote early this morning:
The filibuster gained national attention throughout the night as GOP senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined the effort. Only one Democratic lawmaker showed support for the filibuster, but a number of progressive groups reportedly voiced support for Paul, who raised constitutional questions over the policy.
Many observers say this effort pushes Paul to the top of the 2016 presidential race.
Did you miss it? Do you have 13 hours to kill? Here's the video from C-SPAN.