Sen. Paul talks immigration, marijuana on 'The Late Show'

Published: Feb. 1, 2018 at 6:30 AM EST
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Senator Rand Paul was on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' Wednesday night.

On the show, Paul talked about a wide range of issues including being attacked by his neighbor, immigration reform, and legal marijuana.

Regarding being attacked by a neighbor back in November, the junior senator from Kentucky told Colbert there was no building feud between him and Rene Boucher. Paul called the attack a "rage reaction." He said the attack caused him pain and medical issues.

“I guess a lot of people made light of the fact that I was attacked,” Paul said, “but you know I was very sick. I had pneumonia twice. I had trouble breathing at night. I really struggled for weeks and weeks to recover from this."

On legal marijuana, Senator Paul said it should be up to states to decide if marijuana should be allowed. He explained one of his complaints with the war on drugs and putting people in prison for having them.

Paul told Colbert, “Whites smoke marijuana just as much as black or Hispanic people, and yet when you look at the prisons they're full of Hispanics and African-Americans, because we disproportionately arrest poor people and there are disproportionately more poor people among minorities."

Paul also talked about the immigration battle going on in Washington. He says he favors a compromise deal on DACA, and in contrast with President Trump, says legal immigration should be expanded.

“I had a great deal of sympathy for the gentleman who had been here 30 years, had a 15-year-old, a 12-year-old and was married to an American citizen, Paul said. “I don't understand why we're sending someone like that back. He was working in our country. He was a productive citizen. So, we do have to figure something out."

Paul also called his fellow Republicans hypocrites for passing tax cuts while doing nothing to reign in government spending. He also noted that he is critical of the Robert Mueller investigation, saying he's concerned there isn't enough judicial oversight of the intelligence community.