At least one Democratic senator is already planning to oppose Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's Surgeon General nominee, over his gun violence prevention stance. The gun lobby has been actively pushing the Senate to reject Murthy's nomination.
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Three decades after his own presidential race, Barry Goldwater himself understood that the views he once championed were wrong. And Tea Party conservatives would foist these views upon the nation regardless.
If Rand Paul were elected president, he would have the power to nominate potential Supreme Court justices who want to return to a world where basic workplace protections are considered unconstitutional -- and who object to the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters to boot.