Opinion: Rand Paul mocks Newt Gingrich’s marriages and Fox News’ stance on Libya


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A dinner that was supposed to be lighthearted and humorous turned a tad serious when freshman Sen. Rand Paul got a bit personal at the expense of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

‘I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war; a position or two, or maybe three,’ Paul said Wednesday at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. ‘I don’t know. He may have more war positions than he’s had wives.’

The Republican from Kentucky didn’t stop at Gingrich, who has been hinting at running for president. Paul even took a few jabs at GOP-friendly Fox News and their commentaries about the most recent military action in Libya led by President Obama.

‘There’s a big debate going on over at Fox News. It’s really messed up, I mean they don’t know what to do,’ said Paul, a ‘tea party’ darling and the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). ‘They just really can’t decide over at Fox News. It’s like, what do they love more, bombing the Middle East or bashing the president? It’s like, I was over there and there was an anchor going -- they were pleading, they were pleading -- ‘please, please, please, can’t we do both? Can’t we bomb the Middle East and bash the president at the same time? How are we going to make this work?’'


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