Senator (and Doctor) Rand Paul Takes Medical Missions Trip to Guatemala

NBC’s Meet the Press joined Sen. Rand Paul and the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center in Guatemala for a medical mission.

On a recent three-day medical missions trip to Guatemala, Senator Rand Paul, who is also an ophthalmologist, welcomed along a film crew from NBC’s Meet the Press. Over the three days they spent following him as he worked – pro-bono – to heal the eyes of poverty stricken Guatemalans, they learned a lot about who Senator Paul really is. He offered them almost unfettered access and in their words, no topic was off the table during their interviews.

The ended up discussing his medical practice, his pro-bono work, Ferguson, Missouri, the drug war, the militarization of our police forces, violence in the Middle East, and the potential of him facing Hillary Clinton for the Presidency in 2016.


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On possibly facing Hillary Clinton in 2016:

“I think the American public is coming more and more to where I am,” he said. “I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most: is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what, we are tired of war. We’re worried Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung-ho.’”

“If you want to see a transformational election in our country,” he went on, “let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen.”

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