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Sarah Palin: Rand Paul's 'Libertarian Streak' Will Ward Off 'Leftist Liberal Overreach'

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Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke Wednesday night about the positives of the establishment-shaking victory of Rand Paul, the Tea Party and Palin-supported GOP candidate for Kentucky Senate.

Appearing on the Fox Business Channel, Palin acknowledged Paul's libertarian leanings and said they were a net positive.

"Seeing kind of that libertarian streak of his -- that is what we need to balance out the leftist liberal overreach of government that's in power right now," Palin said. "Rand's gonna be great, plus on social issues, right there, he's got some great positions."

Later Wednesday evening, Rand Paul spoke with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to discuss the same intersection of libertarian and social values that Palin had earlier praised.

When the conversation came to the Civil Rights Act and its mandate prohibiting racial discrimination in the workplace, Rand Paul said that this was a component of the bill that he would have argued against.

Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent. Should we limit racists from speaking. I don't want to be associated with those people, but I also don't want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that's one of the things that freedom requires is that we allow people to be boorish and uncivilized, but that doesn't mean we approve of it.

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Well what it gets into then is if you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant even though the owner of the restaurant says 'well no, we don't want to have guns in here' the bar says 'we don't want to have guns in here because people might drink and start fighting and shoot each-other.' Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant?

Watch the video of Palin's appearance:

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