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Rand Paul Is Still Going Strong In Hour 11 Of His Historic Filibuster On Civil Liberties


Senator Rand Paul took over the Senate floor Wednesday with a old-fashioned, talk-until-you-drop , delivering a protracted speech on civil liberties and President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive power. 

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“Are you going to just drop a hellfire missile on Jane Fonda?” Paul asked. “Are you going to drop a missile on Kent State?”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, another GOP darling, joined the filibuster briefly around the fifth-hour mark. 

Taking the floor, Rubio joked to Paul: “Let me give you some advice — keep some

water nearby.”

After six hours, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid interrupted the filibuster to try to get a cloture vote on Brennan’s confirmation. 

“I think the rest of the body needs to know if we’re going to finish tonight, or tomorrow, or the next day,” Reid told Paul. 

But the Kentucky Republican dug in, telling Reid he would only end the filibuster if Obama or Holder clarify their position on killing Americans in the U.S. 

“I’m not in the position to talk to the Attorney General,” Reid replied, visibly irritated. “Everyone should plan on coming tomorrow. We’re through for the night.”

With the matter resolved, Paul turned back to his filibuster, welcoming Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey to the floor. Later, Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss took the floor. Then, Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso joined Paul on the floor, becoming the 10th Senator to take part in the filibuster.


Though other Senators can take the podium to ask questions, Paul is not allowed to leave the floor during the filibuster

But Paul started to show signs of fading around 5:20 p.m., when he appeared to whisper to someone, “Can you you get me some candy?” A few minutes later, he admitted that the end was in sight.

“I’m already getting tired, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do this,” he said.

He added: “This will be a blip in his nomination process. But I hope people will see it as an argument for how important our rights are.”

A little before 8 p.m., Cruz came back to the floor and began reading tweets that in support of Paul. Saying he was “getting a little tired,” Paul thanked Cruz for “bringing news of the outside world,” because electronic devices are not permitted on the Senate floor.

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