LOUISVILLE — Despite spending part of the weekend in his hometown, Bowling Green, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that his travels as a presidential candidate have left him unable to weigh in on the legal battles in Kentucky over same-sex marriage.
Paul, talking to reporters after an event in Louisville's West End, was asked about the legal arguments unfolding in Ashland over a county clerk's refusal to grant marriage licenses in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.
"I haven't seen it," Paul said of the case in U.S. District Court. "I've been traveling, and I haven't seen it."
The senator has been burning up the presidential campaign trail since announcing his candidacy in early April, but on Monday, he held events in Elizabethtown and Louisville.
At his first stop, just a few miles down the road from Fort Knox, the audience asked Paul about foreign policy issues and military budget cuts.
Paul warned that military spending has to be offset by other cuts in the budget.
He repeated his opinion that military intervention in the Middle East is not always a good idea and said he wants to wait and see any agreement that is forged between the Obama administration and Iran.
Paul said he prefers "an agreement to war."
"We've had a lot of war," he said. "And I don't think war would be very successful in Iran."
Paul has come under intense criticism from some Republican opponents in the presidential race who have questioned his fitness to be president because of his non-interventionist rhetoric.
Paul was asked about the future of Fort Knox and uncertainty stemming from the military's plans to cut 40,000 troops.
According to the plan, Fort Knox will get a few more troops, but Fort Campbell will lose some.
Paul emphasized that national security would always be his top priority, but that he viewed runaway debt as a threat to the country, saying he is not for a "blank check" for the military.
"If you come to me and you say we need to double the size of Fort Knox and you say that's what we need to do, or Fort Campbell, or we need more troops or 10 percent more or whatever it is, I'll say yes, but I'll say we've got to cut it from somewhere else in order to do it," Paul said. "We can't borrow it. And that's our problem now."
At both stops, Paul was asked about Donald Trump's recent remarks regarding illegal immigrants.
"I've tried to talk about what my plan is for immigration so I don't get trapped into talking about what 20 other people are saying about immigration," Paul said. "But as far as I'm concerned, I think most people come to this country in search of the American dream. It doesn't mean you can have a lawless border, though, and I think we do need to have security on our border."