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Rand Paul: Trade Hillary Clinton and other Dems instead of Taliban prisoners

Republicans and Democrats all seem to have an opinion on the recent POW swap ordered by President Obama. While many on both sides of the aisle have made valid arguments, one potential 2016 presidential candidate has made an outlandish statement.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Speaking at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, TX on Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "joked" that instead of swamping five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, maybe they could have traded Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and other Democrats.

“Mr. President, you love to trade people...Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats?" I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi ...”

Paul continued, pushing back against President Obama's decision stating that the president's actions were illegal and against the law.

“I don’t know about y’all, but I've been a little bit annoyed with the president. Releasing five Taliban senior officials is not only against the law, it’s illegal and wrong and he should never have done it.”

Since his return, Sgt. Bergdahl has come under fire with negative allegations claiming he was a deserter, that fellow soldiers had died looking for him and that he converted to become a "warrior" for Islam.

Despite Sen. Paul's statement, previous administrations have taken similar actions. Under the presidency of Republican Richard Nixon, POWs were exchanged in 1973 via the Paris Peace Accords, including now Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and under the "watchful eye" of Republican Ronald Reagan, 1,500 weapons were exchanged for hostages in Iran in what is now known as the Iran/Contra scandal.