Rand Paul: "Obamacare" is Unconstitutional

The Kentucky senator railed against Obama's Health Care Act at the RNC

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 5:32 PM PDT
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul says despite what the Supreme Court says, Obamacare is unconstitutional.

"I think if James Madison himself—the father of the Constitution—were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional," he said. "Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined."

The freshman from Kentucky told the GOP convention that the only way to turn back President Obama's health care overhaul, is to elect a new president. Paul has endorsed Romney.

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Paul then railed against Obama's "You didn't build that," comment—a remark the president made during a speech on small businesses, which has been taken out of context by some.

"I was first insulted, then I was angered, and then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the president of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around," he said. "Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstanding of American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation."

He continued to attack Obama, accusing him of making excuses for the country's problems.

"Our great nation is coming apart at the seams and the president just seems to point fingers and blame others. President Obama's Administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term and I'm hoping it's just one term," he said. "This explosion of debt is unconscionable and unsustainable. Mr. President, we will not let you bankrupt this great nation."

But he also brought many delegates to their feet with a rousing call for both political parties to put aside fear and stand up for Americans' rights.

"Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence — confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our founding documents," said Paul, whose father is Rep. Ron Paul, the former presidential candidate with a pool of fervent followers.

"We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights," Rand Paul declared. "We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women."

The convention featured a video tribute to Paul's father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the brash libertarian and former Romney rival with a passionate following who failed to win a GOP presidential primary. The elder Ryan stopped short of endorsing Romney and didn't get a convention speaking slot.

Rand Paul, who was not the GOP establishment's choice when he ran for Senate, is urging his father's backers to stay loyal to the GOP.

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