Sen. Rand Paul Strikes Bipartisan Tone At Summit

Jul 21, 2014

U.S. Senator Rand Paul opened the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Summit Monday.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul addresses the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Summit
Credit Josh James / WUKY

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate began his speech by touching on recent issues where Republicans and Democrats have not fallen along predictable partisan lines – including dialing back prison sentences for some drug-related crimes and questioning the scope of NSA authority.

The senator told the audience Congress could be more productive if bills were broken up into smaller pieces that both parties can digest, an approach he said that better reflects the make-up of the American population.

"Party shouldn't stop us from getting to things. It shouldn't be your political party affiliation that says 'You're a Republican you should always be here.' I think that's part of the frustration of the American people is we're not all completely one or the other," Paul said.

The two-day Business Summit in Louisville is focused on the theme “The Future of Kentucky.”

Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers are set to discuss the Eastern Kentucky initiative known as SOAR. NBC News Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd will deliver a keynote on national and Kentucky politics Monday night.