8. Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., was reported to have presented Paul with tea and an apple that sat on his desk briefly during the filibuster. Kirk also spent ample time on the Senate floor, seated next to Durbin and presumably discussing something about Illinois.
9. At one point, the Senate cameras caught Paul chewing on some kind of chocolate candy. It was initially believed to have been Snickers bar, but the more widely accepted theory is that it was a Milky Way.
10. While discussing Supreme Court decisions, Paul made a pronouncement that points to his rather unusual ideological position. He spoke in favor of the reproductive rights decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which found a right to privacy could be found the “penumbras” of the Constitution.
“It had to do with birth control, and a lot of conservatives objected to it because they saw it as a building block for the Roe v. Wade. I’m pro-life and didn’t like the decision in Roe v. Wade, but actually don’t mind the decision in Griswold so much.” Paul said. “The conservatives . . . who are worried about the judiciary coming up with new things or creating new things, is they thought the right to privacy wasn’t in the constitution so you really don’t have it, and I think that’s a mistaken notion. Because, for example, the right to private property, that’s not in the Constitution either but I don’t think any of the founding fathers or most of us today would argue you don’t have a right to private property.”
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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