Rand Paul: 'This Debate Isn't Over'
Senator says his filibuster just the start of pressure over drone strategy
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2013 6:14 AM CST
This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul during his filibuster.   (AP Photo/Senate Television)

(Newser) – Rand Paul recounts his 13-hour filibuster in the Washington Post today, writing that while he didn't set out to speak that long ("I would've worn more comfortable shoes"), he's not going to shut up about US drone strategy now. "This debate isn’t over," the senator writes. He wants President Obama to state definitively that the US will not kill American noncombatants, apparently unsatisfied with Eric Holder's two-sentence letter on the subject. "The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch—and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers."

Paul thanks the senators who helped him prolong the filibuster, along with the House conservatives who showed up to provide moral support. He singles out the moment that Sen. Mark Kirk brought him tea and an apple—"the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"—as one he won't soon forget. Paul doesn't do much to tamp down talk of a 2016 run, either. "I believe the support I received this past week shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them," he writes. "And I’m prepared to do just that." Click for his full column.

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Mar 13, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
He only shut up after he could wait no longer for the call of nature. Too bad he didnt poop his pants, the obnoxiousness would have been no worse than the rest of his 13-hour tirade
Mar 10, 2013 4:19 PM CDT
Just because people think it cannot happen does not mean it could not happen. I applaud Rand Paul for standing up for the Constitution. It would be nice that the people who swore to uphold the Constitution when they were being sworn in actually practice what they preach. The people who think the government will do no harm to it's own citizens are fools.
Mar 10, 2013 3:08 PM CDT
It's one thing to stand up and force an open discussion on a topic that should gain attention, such as killing American citizens in another country well out of the range of due process by normal means. However, the criticism of Rand Paul is often around the content of his discussion, which is 99% nonsense. Just listen to some of his 13 hours worth of content, more paranoia then reality which takes away from the legitimacy of the argument.