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Last fall I saw my firstRepublican presidential debate.
And you know what they say--you never forget your first.
And a certain someone...caught my eye.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
Now, it... this is really true.
I know it seems like a joke,
but he seemed differentfrom the others.
His voice was calm,
and some of his ideasseemed... good.
And his hair was...
Seeing him that nightmade me want to get with him
in a debate of my own.
But smaller, one-on-one.And tonight it's happening
on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah GOP Debate, Singles Night.
-(laughter)-So, ladies and gentlemen,
please welcomeSenator Rand Paul.
-♪ -(cheering, applause)
-(cheering continues)-PAUL: Thank you.
(cheering, applause continue)
Thank you. Thank you.
-Man! -Welcome, Senator.So, let's get this debate...
-This is weird... -Hold on.I want to thank you first.
I mean, the thing is,is I was worried
I wasn't gonna make the debate,and I did,
-I made the debate!-I did this for you.
-I did this for...-I was this close
to being excluded, and you'regonna beam me right in.
-I would never... -You'regonna beam me right in, right?
This is... this is gonna bethe greatest debate.
I feel it's so far.I'd rather sit like this with...
-Whew! -It's weird, because ifI ask you questions, are you...
Why do you standfor the whole debate?
Why don't they let you guys sit?Can we get a chair?
I think... I mean, it's stilla debate, but you can sit.
This is going to be serious,this isn't gonna be a joke-off,
'cause I wouldn't want to beata comedian in a joke-off.
-No, no, no. I mean, this is..-All right.
-this is serious, this isserious. -All right. All right.
And I wouldn't wantto out-joke a Republican.
-(laughter)-Let's, uh... let's-let's sit.
-Let's sit over there. And...-All right. All right.
-Yeah, we can still... I mean,-All right.
it's still a debate. I mean,this is a little bit awk...
You know what? I mean, we mightjust loosen this up a little bit
if we just... oh...
Oh, what... oh, that's thefinest Kentucky bourbon, sir.
-Oh, very nice. -Yeah, I'm sureyou're familiar with that.
-Very nice. -And, uh, you know,every man has a secret stash.
I have some of my own over here.
I like to call it, um,Issues bourbon.
little blend they callWar in the Middle East.
And, uh, what I wanted to dowith you is have a conversation,
or play a little game.
-It is a drinking game.-It is a drinking game.
I mean, this is normalin Kentucky, I'm assuming.
I will... I will take a shot...
I feel like you'renot answering my question.
Because in this instance,
I'm gonna representthe American public.
And you will representRand Paul.
And I will show youhow painful it is
when politiciansdo not answer the question...
by taking a shotevery single time.
I think this would be better,maybe, if I...
Oh, yeah, if you... yeah.
There we go. There we...
This is it. Yeah. This is it.
-(cheering, applause)-Ah. -This is it!
This is a real debate.Let's shoot straight into it.
Senator Rand Paul,
every time I watch the debates,one thing is apparent
when it comesto the Republicans.
Everyone has to bombthe Middle East.
Everyone has to destroy ISISat all costs.
Do you agree with this?
Well, I think the problem is,you know, you've heard
some of them say they'regonna make the sand glow,
they're gonnacarpet-bomb things,
but the question is,is if you bomb civilian centers
and you kill civilians,
will there be more terroristsor less terrorists?
Now, I'm not sayingwe don't defend ourselves,
but I'm sayingthat we have to think
about what we dobefore we do it,
and we have to think aboutthe ramifications of doing it.
I thoughtI'd be drinking already.
This is... this is going well.I'll take one anyway.
-All right.-(laughter, whooping, applause)
Okay. (groans) Okay. Ah.
This is kind of likeyour bachelor party
where they tell you,"Keep drinking, keep drinking,"
and they're not reallydrinking shots and you are.
Let's go with a...little blend called, um...
This is interesting.
One thing I picked up about youfrom the very beginning
was that you saidyou wanted to deregulate.
In the shortest way possible,what does that mean?
It means that we have to competewith the rest of the world,
so we have taxesthat are a burden,
-or a cost of doing business.-Yeah.
We also have regulations thatare a cost of doing business.
We live in a global economy,
and so oftenpeople are lamenting,
"Oh, we're losing jobsoverseas."
So if we makethe regulatory burden too high
or the tax burden too high,
I think the consequenceis... jobs are gone.
And, really,the people who feel the pain
of the jobs arethe people who are the workers.
The ownersreally don't feel the pain,
because the owners can gowherever they want.
Are you saying no regulations,or are you saying
low regulations--what does that mean?
Well, what I would say is, forexample, here's a regulation.
The Clean Water Act saysyou cannot discharge pollutants
-Yes.-into a navigable stream.
Had I been therein the early '70s,
I would've voted for that--you shouldn't be allowed.
You should go to jail ifyou dump benzene in the river.
-You're not allowed to dumpchemicals in the river. -Okay.
You cannot pollutesomeone else's property
or someone else's water.
However, over time,we've now decided
that dirt is a pollutantand my backyard is a river.
I do object to that.
I think we've gone too farin interpreting things.
We put a guy in Mississippiin jail for ten years
for putting dirton his own land.
We have 48 federal agenciesthat have SWAT teams.
I mean wear helmets,body armor, the works.
The Department of Educationhas a SWAT team.
I think that might be anindication we've gone too far.
Or it might be an indication
that the kidsare bat (bleep) crazy.
But, I mean, we can look at itfrom different ways.
We got those student loans out.I mean, what would they do?
So, so, so okay,let's talk about it
from a tax point of view.I've heard you say
-you would like to implementa flat tax... -Right.
so everyone pays the same amount
-as a percentageacross the board. -Right.
-Right.-How does that work out?
Because, I mean,some people would argue
that that's not fairbecause if you take away...
if you say the tax is 25%--Warren Buffett losing 25%
of his money is not as...not as impactful on him
as a person who earns minimumwage losing 25% of his money.
Can we change the rules andevery time we say Warren Buffett
you have to drink?
We can do that.I won't say it again.
-All right. -I'll just...-(laughter)
Um, no, I think that right nowthere are many wealthy people
in our country who pay no taxes.
There are many wealthycorporations who pay no taxes.
If you had a 14.5% rate,
some people would pay more.
But I want a government smaller.
See, I equatethe bigger the government is,
the more freedomyou have to give up.
-Uh-huh.-So I want a smaller freedom
so people are left aloneand are more free.
But people left aloneto do what?
Whatever the hellthey want to do.
I mean, I want peopleto be left alone.
I don't want the governmenttelling you what you can smoke,
what you can drink,or what you can read.
I think, um, now that youmentioned it... (groans)
-Drugs is up there. That's nice.-(laughter)
I thought my agent saidwe would not talk about pot.
-We're gonna talkabout drugs, -All right.
and just like most drug things,
we're gonnacontinue this online.
We'll be right back.