Rand Paul Caught By Fact-Checking Site Lying About His Degree

rand_paulSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a prime example of a spoiled kid riding on the coattails of his father’s success. He’s not a United States Senator right now because he was the best person suited for the job. Paul sits as one of Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators based almost entirely off of who his father is – and that’s about it.


It’s the same thing we saw with George W. Bush. I remember in the 90’s when all the talk here in Texas was that Bush was going to run for governor. It never made a whole lot of sense to me because at the time he hadn’t held a single political office. In fact, he hadn’t really done a whole lot of anything. His only “qualification” was his father just happened to be George H.W. Bush.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Well, with Rand Paul we’re seeing a similar pattern. He’s someone who catapulted himself into a very prominent position in government based more on who his father is rather than his own personal qualifications for the office to which he was elected. And just like George W. Bush, he’s trying to use all of that to slither his way into the White House.

I don’t think Paul stands a chance of ever becoming president. Say what you want about the Bush family (and there’s plenty to say), but at least they’re not libertarians. You know, the people who think a society is best run via a “survival of the fittest” ideology.

But it’s going to be Paul’s own words that ultimately cost him any chance at the presidency. While the guy is great at giving speeches, he’s terrible when he’s forced to speak off-script. This is a guy who literally held a filibuster about our government’s use of drones – then just a few days later said he would support using drones to kill someone robbing a liquor store of $50.

Then let’s not forget about the multiple times he’s been caught plagiarizing.

Now he’s in a bit of a bind over comments he made at a conference where he referenced his “degrees” in biology and English not once, but twice. Which wouldn’t be that big of a deal, except he doesn’t have degrees in either biology or English.


At the time Paul got accepted to Duke University School of Medicine, it wasn’t required that enrollees have a bachelor’s degree. Which is good, because Paul never graduated from Baylor University where he studied biology and English – but never graduated.

Though after The Washington Post fact-checker gave Paul’s claim “Three Pinocchios” for not being truthful, Paul’s representatives issued a rebuttal claiming that his medical degree is essentially the same as a biology degree, therefore the senator wasn’t being dishonest.

Okay, I guess in a twisted sort of sense one could try to make that argument. Though I’ve never once heard a doctor refer to their medical school degree as a “degree in biology.” Not to mention, he also claimed to have a degree in English – which he wouldn’t have gotten while at Duke.

So it would seem that, considering Paul studied biology and English at Baylor University (where he didn’t graduate), that’s the education to which he was referencing – education that he never completed. Because it makes absolutely no sense for him to reference his medical degree as a “degree in biology.” To even try to argue that is just dumb. That’s called “political speak” where Paul got caught in a lie and now his representatives are trying to spin it so he doesn’t look so foolish. The problem is, one would have to be a fool to believe he would refer to his medical degree from Duke as a “biology degree.”

Then again, treating conservative voters like fools is exactly what most Republicans do.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • bobmoon

    I have felt for a long time that Rand was as phony as his father so what the hell is the news here??????

    • helen_monsalve

      Phony MD’s. No way. Rand Paul has a PHD. He is an eye surgeon. So shut up.

      • BB-Mystic

        His board certification as an ophthalmologist is murky, to say the least.

        www DOT washingtonpost DOT com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/11/08/rand-paul-has-another-problem/

        If I wouldn’t trust him to do surgery on my eyes–and I wouldn’t–why would I want him in the White House?

        Also, “shut up”? That’s rather rude and juvenile, isn’t it?

      • Danny Metcalfe

        No he does not.

      • Eg Kbbs

        Helen, perhaps before you get rude, you should find out what a PhD and MD are and how they aren’t the same.

      • SLM

        He’s an opthalmologist, but the only board through which he has ever been certified is one that he created himself, and even that “board” was dissolved 4 years ago. A practicing physician who falsly claims to be board certified, as Rand Paul does, is a quack and a liar. Has he had any continuing education in his field since he graduated in 1997? Who the hell knows? Continuing education is required to maintain good standing with any medical board, it’s one of the reasons people chose physicians who are certified. Rand Paul chooses to mislead the public, he chooses to claim a status he does not have and has not earned. That’s a liar.

      • SLM

        And, Ms. Monsalve, you choose to ignore or justify his dishonesty.

      • GloryB

        Let him fix your eyes then. I wouldn’t trust him to do eye surgery on roadkill.