Paul won't believe Obama's cuts

The Kentucky senator has some preconceived notions to protect

Published September 10, 2012 2:40PM (EDT)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)     (Wikipedia)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul believes that the size of the U.S. government has increased under President Obama. So when Paul Krugman explained on ABC's "This Week" that there have been significant cuts to government jobs under Obama, in fact more cuts than any other sector in the past three years, Paul was just incredulous.

"The thing I don’t understand is that you’re arguing that the government sector is struggling," Paul said. "Are you arguing that there are fewer government employees under Obama than there were under Bush?"

"Of course. That’s a fact. That’s a tremendous fact," Krugman replied.

"No, the size of growth of government is enormous under President Obama," Paul returned.

Via ThinkProgress.

By Jillian Rayfield

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