Rand Paul Declares His 13-Hour Filibuster 'A Great Victory'

March 8, 2013 - 3:26 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) appeared on Fox News and discussed his 13-hour filibuster with Greta Van Susteren, calling it "a great victory."

"I guess the way I look at it is that it's a great victory. We've been asking a question of the president, and this is a question that limits the presidential power. Presidents- Republicans and Democrats- they don't want to limit their power. So, this is the body of the Senate saying to the president, 'Are you going to obey the Constitution?'

"I think it's a blow for freedom that we got the president to admit that, 'Yes, I don't have this power. This is a power I do not have.' It's a little sad that it came to this and we had to use pressure to get him to admit this, but I still think it's a big victory for the people that he says, 'You know what, in America, you do get a trial,'" Sen. Paul said.

He continues, "The main reason for me asking this question was that you have drone strikes overseas where people are being killed who are not actively engaged in combat. They may be bad people, but they're not actively engaged in combat. I don't think, in America, if you're in a cafe or if you're e-mailing somebody- even if you're conspiring- that you should be killed.

You should be arrested if they think you're guilty of something. You should get a trial, and an attorney and all the due process. In America we do have the Bill of Rights, in fact, that's what our soldiers are fighting for, so I don't think we should give that up and say, 'The whole world is a zone of war' and therefore you can be named an enemy combatant and taken off to prison somewhere."

Sen. Paul said it took two weeks to get an answer from the White House.

Here's the full, unedited segment aired on Fox News.

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