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Rand Paul's Long History Of Controversial Views

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has been no stranger to controversy in his bid for Senate as controversial comments made by the Tea Party-backed contender have repeatedly threatened to derail his campaign.

Now, an abundance of provocative positions maintained by Paul are coming to light in a lengthy report from the Louisville Courier-Journal chronicling a wide range of controversial statements made by the GOP hopeful in public appearances dating back to 1998.

The ten page-long review addresses divisive comments Paul recently made related to his view of the Civil Rights Act, but also calls attention to various remarks made by the Senate candidate over the years that never gained traction in media coverage of the Kentucky race.

Among the revelations, is news that former Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden wasn't the first candidate in the 2010 election cycle to recommend a bartering system to pay for health care expenses. Rand Paul raised the same policy solution years ago.

"If you go to the doctor, you don't pay directly for your doctor's services, your insurance company pays for it. ... So the price goes up indiscriminately because nobody is there to barter down the price. What we need is higher-deductible plans, people paying more cash as they go into the doctor, and then what we'll have is the prices will level off."

The Courier-Journal also unearths criticisms Paul hurled at policy initiatives put forth by former President George W. Bush as well as perhaps surprising statements of opposition from the Senate hopeful related to the war in Iraq and his position on torture.

Here's a slideshow highlighting the latest eyebrow-raising revelations:

Rand Paul's Long History Of Controversial Views
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