Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to discuss his relationship with President Trump, the opioid crisis and more.
On his alliance with President Trump: I think you try to look for areas of commonality with both your friends and adversaries in Washington. I've worked with people across the aisle and in my party and in particular with the President, I look for areas where we have agreement. I would say that one thing that really strikes me is the President's instincts almost always are that we really shouldn't be at war in so many places. That we should go to war in a constitutional way. One of the things he said over and over and over again was that the Iraq war was the biggest blunder of the last two decades. And I agree completely on all of that. So, I think we do have some things in common. (00:42)
On how often he speaks with the President: I talk to the President quite frequently. I wouldn't say every week, but every week or two. (2:09)
On what the government should do about the opioid crisis: I would say first, do no harm and look at if the government has been part of the problem at all. If you look at the overlay of opioid spread and the opioid epidemic and you overlay it with Medicaid expansion you actually find that quite a few of the Medicaid states that expanded have worsening opioid problems. One of the reasons is because you give away free opioids. For three bucks you can get a free prescription to oxycontin. (2:21)
On government spending: I've continued to try. I introduced a budget this year that would freeze spending and that would balance within about five years. I've done this on several occasions and typically I get somewhere between 15 and 20 Republican votes out of about 50 Republicans and I get 0 Democrat support. (6:45)
On the Democrats conduct during the Kavanaugh hearings: I would call it juvenile and once again these are people, and the media falls right into this trap sometimes. They misunderstood it and said well this is the First Amendment. Well, the First Amendment doesn't give you the right to stand up in government meetings or public functions and disrupt them. In fact, they have a name for it. It's called the heckler's veto. (8:48)
On his prediction of what will happen in the midterms: I don't know, but I do think voters are going to have to decide, do they want to kick out the government that has given them the lowest unemployment in a decade, the highest economic growth in a decade? And where the primary problem in most states, if you visit, is most owners of businesses or managers of businesses you'll find their primary problem is a shortage of finding people to work. That is a good problem. Incomes are rising. Wages are rising. This is about the best time I can imagine to be in America. People are going to have to decide does that matter or are you going to listen to the liberal media that's out there telling you that it's the end of democracy. You've had an entire campaign run by several of the liberal networks where they have campaigned every day against President Trump and that's why I've been happy to step in. When these attacks are partisan I have defended the President and will continue to. If I have a disagreement with the President, which I have had many disagreements, I will politely oppose him on policy. (11:40)