Update: Rubio Joins Paul’s Filibuster
UPDATE — At about 12:40 am Rand Paul finally relinquished the Senate floor, thus ending his near 13 hour long filibuster in protest of Brennan’s confirmation.
“I would go for another 12 hours and try to break Strom Thurmond’s record, but I have learned there are limits and I have to go take care of one of those right now,” said Paul.
Rubio made another appearance on the floor; this time the Florida Senator drew inspiration from pop culture — quoting “The Godfather”, Jay-Z, and Wiz Khalifa.
“That takes me back to another modern day poet by the name of Jay-Z in one of the songs he wrote: ‘It’s funny what seven days can change. It was all good just a week ago.’”
Well, I don’t know if it was all good a week ago, but I can tell you that things have really changed, because if the President was George W. Bush, and this was a question being asked of him, and his response was the silence we’ve gotten, we’d have a very different scenario here tonight except that I actually believe the Senator from Kentucky would be on the floor making the exact same argument he’s making.”
ORIGINAL POST — About four hours into Sen. Rand Paul’s talking filibuster, preventing the confirmation of John Brennan as head of the CIA, Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on the Senate floor and passed along some wisdom to the filibustering Kentuckian.
“I know you’ve been here a while — let me give you some advice : Keep some water nearby. Trust me.”
Rubio then commended Paul for defending the institutional integrity of the Senate and its legislative obligations.
Prior to his appearance on the floor, Rubio tweeted the following:
“why is it so hard for POTUS to just say NO,it is not constitutional to kill a citizen who is not an imminent threat with a drone on US soil.”
“#RandPaul is asking a legit question of Holder.Why so hard for them to just give straight answer?Almost like they feel it is beneath them.”
Democrat Senator Ron Wyden joined Paul and a handful of his Republican colleagues — making the filibuster bipartisan.
Paul states that the reason for his filibuster is due to the fact that the president has the authority to kill American citizens on American soil with drones.
“I will speak today until the president says, ‘no’ he will not kill you at a café,” declared Paul.