Kentucky Senator Rand Paul filibustered President Obama's nomination for CIA director, Paul Brennan, over the administration's use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists.
Beginning shortly before noon, Paul held the floor for thirteen hours in order to address what he thought were the dangerous and unconstitutional consequences of using the drone program against US citizens.
Paul explained his motivations when he began his filibuster: "I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court (...)”
Paul was eventually joined by 15 other senators during the filibuster, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Most of the other senators qualified their actions by saying they supported asking the questions that Paul was asking, but did not actually intend to prevent the nomination of Brennan.
One Democrat, Ron Wyden (D-OR), a vocal critic of the drone program, also supported Paul. Wyden normally stands at the other side of the ideological spectrum from Paul. Data from Opigram shows that supporters of Wyden consider their political views to be "Secularist, Progressive, Fiscally liberal, Socially liberal and Foreign Policy Dove", while supporters of Paul describer their political views as "Tea Party supporter, Capitalist, Libertarian, Fiscally conservative and Christian Right".
Some in Paul's party were not so happy with his actions, however. Both Lindsey Graham and John McCain have stated their displeasure, with McCain saying "I don’t think what happened yesterday was helpful to the American people (...)"
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