Rand Paul on Families & Children



Revival of values depends on fusing freedom and virtue

Paul--whose libertarian views don't always sync with those of Christian conservatives--said his policies were key to preserving family values: "What American needs is not a politician with more promises, what America really needs is a revival," Paul said, earning his first cheers of the speech. He went on to argue that that the revival depends on fusing freedom and virtue together. "Liberty is exactly essential to virtue," he said.

Paul championed his anti-abortion stance; he was introduced to the crowd by a video montage of his own pro-life remarks interspersed with sonograms of babies in the womb. "I'm one who will march for life and who will stand up in defense of life as long as I'm privileged to hold office," Paul told the crowd.

Paul's strongest applause came when he brought up was his failed legislative attempt to stop foreign aid from reaching countries that persecute Christians. "Let's stop this madness!" he said.

Source: Jane C. Timm on 2014 MSNBC: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Dec 25, 2014

Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala

In a makeshift operating room in remote Guatemala, a side of Senator Rand Paul most people have never seen: The eye surgeon, on a mission to help the blind and near-blind see in a country where more than half the population lives in poverty. He's one of 28 American volunteers organized by the Moran Eye Center in Utah.

Rand Paul says, "This is an amazing enterprise. We have a surgery center. We have a dental clinic and we have a place doing glasses."

Scores of people line up every day for a week--hoping American doctors can give them their sight--and their lives back. A 79 year-old great-grandmother who has cataracts. A farmer just wants to see again so he can work in his field. A mission to restore sight, and hope, to the poorest of the poor.

When asked if this helps his presidential ambitions, Paul notes, "I've been doing this kinda stuff for 20 years--I think the first kids I operated on were 1996. This isn't something new that we're doing. A physician is who I am."

Source: Meet the Press 2014 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 24, 2014

Re-establish inter-country adoptions from Guatemala

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina agreed in a meeting with Sen. Paul to review his country's strict policies that have prevented Americans from adopting impoverished children from Guatemala. Paul noted, "For years, there would be tens of thousands of kids who would be adopted each year in our country and it's dwindled almost to nothing." If the recent adoption policy were reversed, "maybe that would take pressure off of some of the people, particularly unattended minors, from coming [illegally]," he added.

In January 2008, Guatemala shut down all intercountry adoptions. Paul noted, "There were thousands of kids being adopted from Guatemala until 2009, and then it's dwindled. They've cleared some of the backlog, and they said it used to be maybe too easy and now it's way too hard but there could be a legal way to try to improve immigration this way. But with regards to immigration, I let him know I don't think the source of the problem is in Guatemala. It's in our White House."

Source: Matt Boyle on 2014 breitbart.com: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 21, 2014

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