Oklahoma Democrats Respond to Rand Paul’s Announcement

In response to Senator Rand Paul’s announcement today, Oklahoma Democrats released the following statement, detailing how terrible Rand Paul’s record and policies are for Oklahoma:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

[APRIL 7, 2015, OKLAHOMA CITY] – Rand Paul’s announcement today should be alarming for every Oklahoman, including women, college students, those who need health insurance, and hardworking people all across the state.

If Rand Paul had his way, nearly 400,000 Oklahoma residents would not benefit from increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Oklahoma women make 76 cents for every dollar a man makes, and yet Rand Paul opposes efforts to close the pay gap.

Rand Paul opposes legislation that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at lower rates, benefiting 269,000 of Oklahoma’s student loan borrowers.

Rand Paul wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and opposes expanding Medicaid. If Oklahoma should choose to expand Medicaid, 123,000 more Oklahoma residents are projected to have insurance coverage by 2016.

On issue after issue, Rand Paul has extremist views. Rand Paul is bad news for Oklahoma, and he definitely won’t do what is best for the country.