Sen. Rand Paul Questions Constitutionality Of Obama Action During Kerry Hearing

Jan 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the heels of Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s heated questioning of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Wednesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Paul turned his attention Thursday toward the man likely to become the country’s next Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry.

During Kerry’s nomination hearing Thursday, the senator grilled the nominee on President Obama’s decision to involve the U.S. in Libya.

"I agree with candidate Barack Obama who said in 2007 that the president doesn't have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack. I'd like to know if you agree with candidate Barack Obama or if you agree with President Barack Obama who took us to war in Libya without congressional authority unilaterally," Paul asked.

Kerry responded that occasions do arise when presidents must act quickly to stop impending attacks. Paul also questioned the wisdom of selling arms to Egypt after the discovery of anti-Jewish comments by President Mohamed Morsi.