Republican presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul said he is spending more time going after socialism and in particular Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In an interview with radio host Vince Coakley, the Kentucky senator said socialism is "alive and well" among the Democratic presidential candidates but warned that it was "no accident" that multiple socialist leaders were responsible for the killings of millions of people.
"It amazes me, and it actually kind of scares me. I've been making and spending more time going after Bernie [Sanders] and socialism because I don't want America to succumb to the notion that there's anything good about socialism," Paul said. "I think it's not an accident of history that most of the time when socialism has been tried, that attendant with that has been mass genocide of people or any of those who object to it. [Joseph] Stalin killed tens of millions of people. Mao [Zedong] killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot killed millions of people."
"When you have a command economy, when everything is dictated from one authority, that’s socialism," Paul continued. "But it doesn’t come easily to those who resist it."
Paul also accused his Democratic challengers of "trying to outdo one another in their disdain for the economic system of capitalism that made [the U.S.] great."
The Republican presidential candidate — who is in seventh place among the Republican candidates, according to a recent CBS News poll — hit Sanders, a self-described socialist, and Hillary Clinton in a new ad prior to the first Democratic presidential debate as politicians who were "continuing Obama's legacy" and "fighting for the Washington machine."