In a room full of gun activists that was supposed to have no reporters, Sen. Rand Paul declared he would support dissolving the United Nations.
While he thinks the idea of a multinational institution to “discuss diplomacy” isn't necessarily a bad one, he objects to the U.S. paying “a huge chunk” of the U.N.'s bill.
Bloomberg reported that while reporters were asked to leave the room at the New Hampshire gathering, Scott Conroy, a reporter for RealClearPolitics, was stuck in a crowd and didn't hear the request. For about 20 minutes, Paul thought he was speaking to a room of only gun activists at Londonderry Fish and Game Club.
“I dislike paying for something that [lets] two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” the Kentucky senator said. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the U.N., and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”
Paul did not go into details of a U.S. president's ability to dissolve the U.N.
A Gallup poll found that a majority Americans haven't thought the U.N. has done a "good job" to solve problems since 2003.
While Paul has yet to declare a bid for president, the meeting proved he is testing the waters with libertarian gun activists.
“I think one thing that may be unique about my message is that I try to intertwine and make it not just about guns and not just the Second Amendment,” Paul said. “I tend to make it more about freedom.”