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Rand Paul, Still Ailing, Offers Thanksgiving Wishes

Kentucky Republican makes brief remarks in video statement

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul posted a Thanksgiving greeting on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul said in a video message released Friday that “he’s getting better” after a still-mysterious attack by a neighbor.

“Hey, everybody. Thanks for your concern, your prayers, and your thoughts, all of the get well cards,” Paul said in the video. “It’s been a rough couple weeks, but I’m starting to get better.”

Paul has been voting at the Capitol but has generally minimized his public appearances since the early November assault, which occurred while the Republican was at home in Kentucky. There is no shortage of questions about what exactly transpired between Paul and his anesthesiologist neighbor Rene Boucher. The attack left Paul with six broken ribs and some other complications.

As for policy, Paul suggested in his video message that he is not yet satisfied with the tax overhaul plan advanced Thursday night by the Senate Finance Committee.

“We’re trying to make the tax cut a tax cut for everyone,” Paul said. “We’re working really hard on that, and we’re looking forward to a time of family and thanksgiving.”

“We’re grateful for your prayers, your well-wishes, and your concern. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody,” added the senator’s wife, Kelley Paul.

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