Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the Food and Drug Administration’s “nanny state” at an event Monday, warning attendees that the agency is “coming after your doughnuts!”
At a Republican fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., Paul said the Affordable Care Act is a slippery slope leading to Americans being denied “Big Gulps” and doughnuts. Last week, the FDA announced it would require the food industry to phase out all trans fats.
“The FDA has banned unilaterally — some unelected bureaucrat has banned trans fats,” he said. “So I say we need to line every one of them up. I want to see how skinny or how fat the FDA agents are who are making the rules on this.”
Paul added that any FDA agents with an unhealthy body mass index should exercise with “somebody from maybe OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] lashing them while they’re on the treadmill.”
“If we’re gonna have a nanny state, and everybody’s gotta eat the right thing and you can’t eat a doughnut, maybe we ought to just enforce it on the government workers first,” he said.
Watch video of Paul’s remarks below around the 7:15 mark:
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