U.S. Sen. Rand Paul stood before nearly 200 fans Saturday afternoon and made clear his intentions to force the expiration of the Patriot Act when the U.S. Senate meets for a rare session Sunday.
"The way the rules of the Senate work may mean that they don't let me speak at all," Paul said. "But they will have to ask for one thing, they will have to ask for unanimous consent, and I will not give unanimous consent."
Before the rally, Paul was asked by the Herald-Leader if he would bear any responsibility should terrorists attack the homeland after he forced the expiration of the Patriot Act.
The senator said blaming him would be a "ridiculous notion."
"When we look at terrible tragedy, you know 9/11 or when we look at the tragedy of the Boston bombing, the people who deserve the rebuke and who deserve the repercussions are the people who committed the act," Paul said. "I mean, no one else is responsible other than the people who commit terror."
But Paul was dismissive when asked if that same standard applies to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, has been a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.