Rand Paul: Wall Between US And Canada Is ‘A Pretty Dumb Idea’

FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Paul vowed on Monday to “everything possible” to block renewal of the terrorism-era Patriot Ac... FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Paul vowed on Monday to “everything possible” to block renewal of the terrorism-era Patriot Act, but the Republican presidential hopeful conceded it may not be enough. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) MORE LESS
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday responded to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Sunday comment that a wall along the U.S.-Canada border is a “legitimate issue” to consider.

“That’s a pretty dumb idea,” Paul said on Boston Herald Radio when asked to respond to Walker’s suggestion.

“There have been a lot of dumb ideas put out,” Paul continued. “One, that the Mexicans will pay for a wall, was probably the dumbest of dumb ideas. But putting a wall up between us and Canada is sort of a ridiculous notion. It is sort of like everybody is now competing to say, ‘Oh no, I’ll put them in camps. Oh no, I’ll throw them out. Oh no, I’ll put everyone in jail. And I’ll have an electric fence, and I’ll do this.’ And it’s like, you know, the biggest thing we need to do is have a functioning immigration system, with a good work program.”

He later lamented that the Republican presidential candidates have “gotten into this shouting match about who can build a bigger wall.”

Walker made the remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he said he has heard from New Hampshire residents with concerns about the Canadian border.

“They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” he said on Sunday.

H/t Huffington Post

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  1. It is a rad idea. Terrific. Now that Congress has fixed America’s crumbling roads, bridges, rail service and infrastructure, what could be better than building a giant boondoggle that will cost billions if not trillions?

  2. Avatar for byteme byteme says:

    where he said he has heard from New Hampshire residents with concerns about the Canadian border.

    Islamists are not interested in being in New Hampshire in the winter, so you guys are safe for 10 months of the year. You’re welcome.

  3. Well, I hate to agree with Rand, but he is correct, and we all know it, that the current proposals for dealing with the immigration issues are outlandish and worthy of derision.

    Too bad no one is listening to Rand. He’s shouting down a deep hole in the ground.

    I’d like to know who these NH’ers are that are having a problem with Canadians.

  4. Rand Paul: “Republican presidential candidates have gotten into this shouting match about who can build a bigger wall.”

    Classic case of Freudian wall envy.

    (Remarkably appealing to GOP voters angry about their own tiny, little stub walls.)

  5. Ah, Rand is having one of his lucid moments. How nice.

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