Rep. Ron Paul after son’s run-in: TSA ‘a police state’ that should be eliminated

thehill.com
By Keith Laing

Republican president candidate Ron Paul reiterated his plan to eliminate funding for the Transportation Security Administration if he is elected president Monday after his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), was allegedly detained by the controversial agency.

The younger Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport.

His father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is one of four remaining Republican candidates for president, said Monday afternoon after he confirmed the incident on his Twitter page that it showed why the TSA should be eliminated.

“The police state in this country is growing out of control,” the elder Paul said in a statement released by his presidential campaign.

“One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities,” he continued. “The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe. That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA.

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