This isn’t the first time that Rand Paul has had a problem with that little thing called “intellectual integrity” (he’s a libertarian, after all), but it is the most recent and perhaps most blatant example of it. While giving an interview on TechCrunch, Paul asserted twice that he holds two bachelor’s degrees from Baylor University.
Well, it turns out that’s not exactly the case. While he may have a medical degree from Duke University, he never completed his undergraduate degree from Baylor University — despite his assertions otherwise.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler highlighted Paul fabricating his degree twice during his appearance at the Lincoln Labs “Reboot Congress” event on Thursday. The first time happened during an interview Paul gave with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. During the interview, Arrington asserts that his degree is in economics, and Rand adds that his is in “biology and English.”
ARRINGTON: Let’s talk about economics because maybe you can actually explain this to me. I have an econ degree which means I know just enough not to understand any of what our government is [inaudible]…
PAUL: Mine’s in biology and English so this is going to be a great conversation.
Then, while he was discussing everyone’s favorite cryptocurrency, Paul reiterated he had a non-existent degree in biology. “This is just me. I have a biology degree, okay? But with Bitcoin my concern always was whether or not something has real value. So I could imagine a kind of coin that was exchangeable. This gets back to the whole idea, does money have to be exchangeable for something to be of value?”
As Kessler notes, Paul did study biology and English while at Baylor — but he left the university after three years in 1984, without either degree. Despite lacking these undergraduate degrees, Paul would graduate in 1988 from Duke’s medical school. A spokesman for the senator even stepped forward and said that Paul didn’t hold the degrees. Still, this isn’t even the first time Paul has done this; in 2010, he didn’t bother correcting a reporter who made the same claim.
I can appreciate a desire to look intelligent; when you’re around highly educated people, it’s only natural to want to appear educated yourself, and to show off a bit in the process.
But it’s really condescending when that desire to look intelligent and show off assumes the rest of us are idiots, don’t you think?