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Rand Paul: Obama Used Newtown Victims as "Props"

Using tragedy to push policy

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With votes on gun control legislation scheduled to begin in hours, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky accused President Obama of using the parents of children killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting as "props" in some cases.

The first term senator was asked at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters on Wednesday whether the bombings at the Boston Marathon had any policy implications for gun control or immigration legislation. 

"It is largely a mistake to talk about issues in the wake of crisis, in the wake of tragedy," he said.