packed to the rafters

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Rand Paul CPAC 2015 Full Speech | Says He Will Propose 'Largest Tax Cut in American History'

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Rand Paul CPAC 2015 Full Speech | Says He Will Propose 'Largest Tax Cut in American History' This was Rand Paul's crowd, and it was clear the moment he stepped on stage. The ballroom of the Conservative Political Action Conference was packed to the rafters on Friday, a standing room of activists that erupted at the mere announcement of his name. In a 15-minute speech interrupted by applause and chants of "President Paul," he delivered a tribute to small-government Republicanism, both foreign and domestic. In doing so, he offered a sharp contrast with the rest of the GOP field, especially on international affairs, declaring he wanted an American military "unparalleled and undefeatable and unencumbered by nation-building." "As conservatives, we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become a success abroad," Paul declared. Even if Paul's libertarian-leanings make him an outlier in the GOP field, they aligned him with the younger CPAC crowd. He spoke about the need to "promote stability" and touted his opposition to arming rebels in Syria in late 2013. "It troubles me that we must now fight against our own weapons," Paul said. On the domestic front, Paul revealed that in the coming weeks he would propose "the largest tax cut in American history" and that it would slash taxes for everyone "from the richest to the poorest." In addition, he said he would unveil a spending blueprint that would balance the federal budget in "just five years," a highly aggressive timetable. Paul, who is expected to try to simultaneously run for president and the Senate in 2016, said term limits for Congress are the most important new constitutional amendment that could be adopted. The crowd lapped up the speech, even if it was not the week's most well-delivered. Paul is the two-time reigning champion of the CPAC straw poll; his dad, Ron Paul, won the CPAC straw poll in 2010 and 2011. RAND PAUL: CPAC MORE ‘DIFFICULT’ FOR ‘MODERATES’ LIKE JEB Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that CPAC would be “kind of a difficult crowd” for “moderates” like Jeb Bush on Wednesday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel. Asked about the competition he’ll face from Jeb Bush if he runs in 2016 and the attention Bush has received, Paul said “well, being related — when your brother had been president and your father president, that tends to draw some attention. But I think it will be, you know, it’s kind of a difficult crowd out here because it’s going to be the Conservative Political Action Committee. So, we think there will be a lot of friendly faces for us, and there’s definitely a place for moderates, but it may not be quite the same level of enthusiasm for moderates at this conference.” He further criticized Bush by stating “I think if you talk to young people they’re not very tolerant of hypocrisy, and the fact that Jeb admits that when he was in an elite prep school where very wealthy kids went to school, that he smoked pot, but he’s still willing to put somebody in jail for medical marijuana in Florida, a 75-year-old guy using medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis, I frankly wouldn’t put them in jail. A lot of poor people go to jail for drug offenses, and when Jeb was a very wealthy kid at a very elite school, he used marijuana, but didn’t get caught, didn’t have to go to prison. I think it shows some hypocrisy that’s going to be difficult for young people to understand why we’d put a 65-year-old guy in jail for medical marijuana.” Paul did say that while he didn’t know a whole lot about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s (R) record, “I like what he did in Wisconsin with fighting to take away excessive power from the unions and give the power back to the workers, and I think there are many things he’s done well.” Rand Paul at CPAC: ‘The government can — quite frankly — get lost!’ Rand Paul has always been somewhat of a rock star at the Conservative Political Action Conference which, in past years, has shown a deci...