G.O.P. darling and U.S. Senator Rand Paul has a medical degree, but he does not have a bachelor's degree. However, the Kentucky senator implied twice on Thursday that he had a bachelor's degree in both biology and English at the Lincoln Labs "Reboot Congress" conference.
Paul referred to his supposed degrees during a conversation with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, when Arrington mentioned his own degree in economics. Paul responded, "Mine's in biology and English, so this is going to be a great conversation," reported the Washington Post.
Even if it was a slip of the tongue, Paul referred to his nonexistent bachelor's degree again when he talked about Bitcoin: "I have a biology degree, okay?" Paul does have a medical degree, and his spokesperson, while acknowledging that Paul does not have a bachelor's degree, claimed that a medical degree is also a biology degree.
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Senior communications director Brian Darling clarified that Paul studied English and biology at Baylor University, though he did not graduate, and pointed out that Duke Medical School is a prestigious institution. He then equated a medical degree with a biology degree. He told the Washington Post, "It is unfair to give Senator Paul 3 Pinocchios because a M.D. Degree is the study of biomedical sciences according to the Duke University School of Medicine. In other words, a M.D. is a biology degree. Merriam-Webster defines biology as 'a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes.' Dr. Paul never said he had an undergraduate degree in biology and it is accurate for him to say that he has a biology degree. You are making inferences from his statement that are unwarranted. It is common knowledge that the study of medicine is the study of human biology and a MD has a doctorate degree in one area of study of the science of biology."
No word on if Paul's spokesperson also believes a M.D. is an English degree as well.