In a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that he faced “a living hell” during his recovery from a November attack which was perpetrated by his neighbor outside of Paul’s Kentucky home.
“It was sort of a living hell for the first four or five weeks,” Paul said, as he shared details about his condition following the attack by Rene Boucher, his neighbor of 17 years.
“Couldn’t get out of bed without assistance,” Paul said. “Six broken ribs, damage to my lungs, two bouts of pneumonia.”
Paul added, “It was really a tough go of it, but each day I feel a little bit better. This last month I’ve been doing better.”
Due to his injuries, Paul was kept away from the Capitol for weeks.
Boucher pleaded not guilty to assaulting Paul.
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During the interview, Paul addressed the increased concern for the safety and security of lawmakers, citing the June 2017 attack on the Republican’s congressional baseball team.
“My colleagues come up all the time, and they want to make sure that there is some kind of deterrent because people don’t want to think that it’s open season on our elected officials,” Paul said.
Paul was present during the attack by a gunman at a practice field outside of Washington, D.C., but was not among those injured.
“So yeah, I’ve been involved in violent attacks twice in the last year,” Paul said. “And so, we’re very aware of it.”