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Rand Paul Challenges Bernie Sanders to a Debate of Ideas


Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) has issued an intriguing challenge to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one that could really shake up this presidential season.

Senator Paul was a guest on WHO Newsradio in Iowa earlier this week when he challenged Bernie Sanders to a debate of ideas on socialism vs. capitalism and on what a “right” actually is. Senator Paul points out that he and Sanders hold diametrically opposed views on several issues, and seeing as both are currently serious candidates for our nation’s highest office, it would be a good idea to lay out their opposing views before the American people.

“We’ve been saying what a fun, dramatic, and informative debate it would be if Bernie Sanders and I could have an hour-long debate. Can you imagine? Debating over what rights are versus what obligations are and debating socialism versus capitalism.

See Bernie believes, he says, ‘Oh, I believe in a benign form of socialism, democratic socialism.’

But here’s the problem—if a majoritarian takes away your rights, it’s not any different or less bad than an authoritarian taking away your rights.

We had this debate over whether majorities were correct a long time ago when we had Jim Crow laws. In the south, legislatures, majorities, passed laws saying segregation, separate-but-equal was O.K. So they discriminated against a whole group of people in America. But that was a majority. The majority is not always right, and I think that you have rights that come from your creator that precede government that can not, should not, and must not be taken away from you by a majority, and I really, really object to Bernie’s understanding of what rights are.”

This isn’t the first time that Rand Paul has suggested a debate between the two candidates; in fact, he’s already agreed to participate in a debate sponsored by Truth in Media… sadly, Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem interested.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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