• On a question by Somerset Community College President Dr. Jo Marshall on how to fix education:
“I would like to see as much control as we can given back to states and localities, where the decisions are made closer to home” as compared to federal government, said Paul. “... I think good ideas can come because you can see a need for something, whereas if you have someone in a distant location like Washington making it up, it’s not so good.”
• On a question by County Attorney Martin Hatfield about gun control (Paul has threatened to filibuster current gun control legislation):
“I don’t know that there’s an easy answer on it,” said Paul. “I do know that the second amendment is something that we (politicians) chose to protect in our Bill of Rights, so it’s not something that by majority vote, you can just vote to take away (from it).
“I can’t imagine one of my kids being shot or losing on of my kids to violence,” he added, referencing the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that added national fuel to the gun control debate. “The shock of it and emotion of it, it’s hard to get beyond that. When you look at it and say, ‘What could have been done to stop that?’ and then what are the different gun control proposals, I don’t see any one of them that would have stopped it.
“The only thing that I think would have stopped it is someone there with a gun. Some may not want to hear this, but a concealed carry weapon by a principal or a teacher, I think, is the only way that would have been stopped.”
• In reference to a question by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital CEO Mark Brenzel about the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”: