Nightly News   |  March 06, 2013

Senate ‘talkathon’ over drones

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been talking since 11:47 a.m. Wednesday to delay a confirmation vote for the President’s CIA nominee John Brennan. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> something is going on in washington tonight that you don't see that often. something jimmy stuart made famous. a real-live filibuster on the floor of the senate. while not quite as cinematic or dramatic, this one all day has been led by republican senator rand paul of connecticut. he has been talking on and off since 11:47 a.m . in order to delay a confirmation vote for the president's cia nominee, john brennan . he has been getting some help with his effort, other senators helping out. nbc's kelly o'donnell covering it all on the hill tonight. kelly , good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. this is a senate talk-a-thon about drones. it's about pressuring the president to answer a question. does the administration believe it has the legal authority to use deadly drone strikes inside the u.s. against an american. the attorney general responded that the white house has no intention of using drones that way. but that was not definitive enough for senator paul .

>> i will speak as long as it takes until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important. that your rights to trial by jury are precious. that no american should be killed by a drone on american soil without first being charged with a crime.

>> reporter: a number of republicans joined in, along with one democrat. they say this is about protecting constitutional rights . now, a couple of those protesting could ask the president directly tonight. mr. obama is dining out with a dozen senate republicans. they're going to talk budgets and other big issues. and they've never done that before. brian?

>> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill tonight. kelly , thanks.