By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/29/14 07:37 AM EST
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump flexes new digital muscle MORE (R-Ky.) pitched a libertarian vision for the nation in his rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
“Government spending doesn’t work. It doesn’t create jobs. Only the democracy of the marketplace can find those capable of creating jobs,” he says.
And while he pledged to work with “the president, Democrats, independents and anyone who wants to get people back to work and alleviate poverty in our country,” he charged in the speech that Obama’s policies have exacerbated that poverty.
In simple terms, Paul outlined the tenets of free-market libertarianism, quoting libertarian patriarch Milton Friedman at one point.
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