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Unlike Trump, Rand Paul Actually Made Some Sensible Points During the Debate

• http://www.thenation.com, By John Nichols

?Donald Trump does not like Rand Paul.

In the weirdest non sequitur of a often-incoherent second Republican presidential debate, the billionaire front-runner for the party nomination declared, "Rand Paul shouldn't even be on this stage. He's number 11. He's got 1 percent in the polls. There's too many people onstage already."

Paul distinguished himself with coherent questioning of mass incarceration, calls for criminal-justice reform, and aggressive referencing of the injustices that extend from a failed drug war. The senator from Kentucky had one of the best moments of the debate when, during a back-and-forth over Jeb Bush's youthful inhaling of marijuana, Paul put things into perspective for the former Florida governor: "Kids who have privilege like you do don't go to jail. But the poor kids in the inner city still go to jail."

And when the debate turned to foreign policy, Paul made more sense than the rest of the runners combined.

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