Moments ago at American Conservative Union in Maryland CPAC released straw poll with Rand Paul winning the top spot over 67 other contenders on the ballot. After the senator from Kentucky filibustered on the floor for 13 hours his presence in the party was elevated.
Some of the questions asked of participants were how do we fix the budget? The overwhelming majority(72) said with spending cuts. Only 16% said by increasing taxes along with spending cuts. The other 12% where undecided.
This poll question is of vital interest to all Americans as our economy can not grow and prosper if we continue to increase our debt by over one trillion dollars each year. With a national debt spanning 17 trillion dollars and unfunded mandates at 122 trillion dollars which are payments due within the next 10 years.
Another question concerned the drone airstrikes that the senator spoke about for 13 hours in chambers asking the Department of Justice head Eric Holden if it was legal for the president to have drone strikes on American citizens who are not engaged in terrorist activities. A mere 86% declared in the poll that they opposed using drone strikes to kill innocent citizens and 70% were against the government using drones to spy on our nations citizens.
With concern to the budget the question was poised to the participants of the poll as to how the sequester budget cuts should be brought about. Again the majority of respondents (68%) said the government should target where to cut as opposed to 23% who believe the cuts should be the auto cuts described in the bill.
Finally when asked about our foreign policy 50% of respondents stated we need to take a step back from foreign lands and let them defend their territory. A modest 23% said we still need to be a presence in countries that depend on our nation to protect them.
In this straw poll many individuals participated who are considered the youth of our nation. We have a long road to the White House ahead of us before we decide which candidate will best serve our nation by adhering to our Constitution and our core values which do not infringe on our basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.