Rand Paul: I Thought About Using a Catheter

Ultimately decided against it, filibustering senator jokes

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:43 PM CST

(Newser) – Rand Paul's obviously not that committed to fighting the White House policy on drone strikes against Americans on US soil ... because if he was, he could have used a catheter yesterday, and could thus still be filibustering away. "I did think about it," the senator joked to Glenn Beck today after the host asked Paul, a doctor, why he didn't use one. "I've put them in before, and I really decided against it." So his filibuster ended after 13 hours, because he had to pee. (Amusingly, Paul's office confirms to the Washington Post that the catheter comment was a joke.)

Paul now holds the record for ninth-longest Senate speech, USA Today reports. The longest speech ever was Sen. Strom Thurmond's protest of the Civil Rights Act, which went on for more than a day. How did Thurmond accomplish it? Vanity Fair explains: He took steam baths for a few days in advance, so his dehydrated body would absorb more fluid, thus eliminating the need for a bathroom break. Plus, a 1957 report indicated he was able to go once, when a break was taken so the Congressional Record could be updated.

This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Senate Television)
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