Sen. Rand Paul makes first post-surgery appearance in Williamsburg

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WYMT/AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made his first public appearance since undergoing lung surgery.

The Kentucky Republican gave a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in Williamsburg.

Paul answered questions from the crowd of about 100 people after his address. He talked about his recovery and fielded questions about a range of subjects, including gun laws and health care during a presentation lasting about 40 minutes. He stood the entire time.

"I had to have part of my lung removed last week and I'm one who gets up and tries to start walking and tries to get back to health. And I'm not quite there yet," said Paul.

The former presidential candidate is easing back into public activities after the recent surgery that removed part of his lung. Paul says the surgery stemmed from injuries suffered when a neighbor tackled him outside his Kentucky home in 2017 while he was doing yard work.

Paul told WYMT he is also looking at implementing an infrastructure bill. He said the "Penny Plan for Infrastructure" bill will be released in January.

"What we do is we take one penny of all the other spending and sequester it into an account for infrastructure," Paul continued, "We tell everybody else 'y'all need to figure out how to save one percent so we can put it into a road fund.' Because, whether Republican or Democrat, we all go down the roads and we would all like to see the roads improved."

By the time he returns to Washington in September, he says, he shouldn't have any limitations.

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