Rand Paul didn't break any records: history's longest filibusters

Published: Thursday, March 7 2013 1:19 p.m. MST

Associated Press

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., didn't break any records with his 13-hour filibuster that ended early Thursday morning, but he did become the first politician to read from a Twitter feed during a filibuster.

Paul started the filibuster, an extended debate aimed at delaying a decision, to block President Barack Obama's nomination for a new CIA head, demanding Obama to promise drones would not be used to kill terrorism suspects who are U.S. citizens.

Speaking for 13 hours seems like a big commitment, but it's a small one compared to previous filibusters. Here are the 6 longest filibusters in U.S. history.

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Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Sen. William Proxmire. D-Wis

Why can't we have more Democrats and Republicans like this leader? Could you imagine if 70-80% of our current leaders and the president felt the same way.

We would have a balanced budget. We wouldn't be talking about extending the debt "false" ceiling. We wouldn't be talking about raising taxes on the "wealthy" ie everyone that works.

God bless Sen. William Proxmire. If I lived back then I would have helped him to keep it going until it was a constiutional amendment to balance the budget, never borrow and always maintain a surplus.

Mcallen, TX

Seems our political leaders are more concerned with re-elections then serving the country.

Like water to a thirsty man.

Great to see someone with backbone defending the Constitution.

Woods Cross, UT

Paul is another right-wing whacko.

Mcallen, TX

Obama vs Rand Paul-- in the sport of common sense, patriotism, and preserving the Constitution:

Rand Paul 75
Obama 3

Springville, UT

I'm glad Senator Paul raised this issue. I thought it was a brilliant move on his part. Obviously, the left will criticize. That's expected.

Centerville, UT


So are you okay with left-wing wackos in control of drones that may or may not kill someone here in America? Open your eyes!


I don't get it. Why'd Paul quit? Did he win?

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

I would have thought that his message was more important than how long he stood talking.

Kaysville, UT

Our campaigns are on marketing tools. Governance isn't part of the win they want. I don't think President Bush really enjoyed the part of governing after 9/11. I can still see his face in Florida at the school. It was of shock and disbelief. He didn't have the real temperament to be at war and I believe he realized part of that when he quit the Air Force while flying aircraft as a first-lieutenant. Running a business is much different. You aren't ordering people to die on the battlefield for the cause of truth and justice plus freedoms, if the other people understand what freedom is.

This President knew he was getting into an era of war. I don't think John McCain as President would have had an easy time with Afghanistan and Iraq, even though he was extremely courageous for all of us in the military while as a POW enduring years of pain and sacrifice for us. However, he would have had the right people to balance the process out.

This President as a Commander-in-Chief didn't have any background in business to be able to handle the logistics of a war and of military.

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