Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul once told conspiracy theorist and InfoWars radio host Alex Jones he wouldn't join the Bilderberg Group out of fear of being shamed by Jones.
"I said I wouldn't join the Bildbergers for philosophic reasons, but the other reason I wouldn't join them is because I'd be afraid Alex Jones would be outside the meeting with a bullhorn calling me out," Paul said in a 2009 interview with Jones.
"So absolutely, I wouldn't but I've seen your videos calling a few of them out and interviewing a few of them, and for some reason they get quite testy with you if ask them questions about it," Paul added.
Asked if he would secretly join the organization and then expose their agenda, Paul said he didn't know "if that would be possible or not."
When Paul was running for the Senate in 2009, he repeatedly bemoaned the conspiracy theories about organizations such as the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and Council on Foreign Relations, but he did reserve criticism for those with "globalist agendas."
"Yeah I don't know if that would be possible or not, but I think we should expose people who are promoting this globalist agenda for personal gain and for financial gain at the expense of the rest of our country and at the expense of our republic," Paul told Jones.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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