I understand the basics of a Senate Filibuster. But after Sen Rand Paul's filibuster on 3/6/2013 he was interviewed by CNN and mentioned:

The floor was left unguarded.

Was he referring to a specific Senate Rule that allows a filibuster to start? If not what was he referring to as "unguarded"?

Youtube link to interview

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If a senator is speaking on the Senate floor, no other senator may begin speaking unless the speaker yields the floor. Sen. Paul meant that no one could stop him from beginning his filibuster because no one was speaking at the time.

  • Didn't realize it was that simple. How is the floor typically guarded? Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 21:36

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