Skip to comments.12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster
Posted on 04/06/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
Kentucky Sen. Rand Pauls threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan.
The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking.
Reid is expected to bring a gun-control bill to the floor as early as next week, or perhaps the following week, and Paul is renewing his vow to try to block the measure. Pauls follow-up letter, obtained by POLITICO, bears Mondays date and is signed by 13 Republicans, including fellow potential 2016 presidential aspirant Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who signed on shortly after Pauls first threat was issued and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas.
While Paul gained a new measure of fame among libertarian-minded voters on the right and left during a recent filibuster sparked by the administrations policy of targeted drone strikes, Reid has an ace in the hole. A new Senate rule would allow him to circumvent a filibuster on the motion to proceed to the gun bill by promising each party two amendments on the legislation. Under that scenario, Paul and his allies would still get a chance to raise their objections on the floor for hours on end, but they couldnt stop the Senate from starting debate on the bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said he wont support a filibuster if Reid promises to allow for amendments on the floor.
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Effin Republicans I hate them all, we have no leadership in this sinking Country.....
The GOP views the TEA as its primary threat. They don’t care about the Dems, and would be happy to lose a seat in order to keep the Tea party out.
There is a lot of truth in what you say. The RNC are trying to take control over who the nominee is. They would rather have a moderate like McCain/Romney forever and lose to Democrats than win with an actual conservative who wants to CUT government.
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Only 12 have stepped up to defend the 2nd Amendment - - - .
All the rest are “Wacko Birds” such as Sen. John “Wacko Bird” McCain.
Paging John Cornyn. Has he been hanging out in the good old boys club too long. He should be right there with Cruz.
I like Rand. I’m impressed with Idaho - two good Senators. Maybe I’ll move there.
Although I don’t like Rubio on immigration/amnesty/illegals, I’m willing to encourage his support on this issue, just like I’d encourage the support of a Democrat (as if), who I disagree with on other issues.
I agree. Rubio signed onto this pending gun control filibuster only to pass himself off as a "conservative". He looks to see which way the prevailing wind is blowing and then goes the same way. He's pro amnesty, pro pandering to the muzzzies, and I suspect he will soon switch over to pro-homo marriage as well.
I’m disgusted with the inevitable movement towards amnesty as well, but let’s not kid ourselves. It’s the direction the country is moving in. So we are faced with two choices: stay monochromatic and increasingly irrelevant or focus on what can resonate with America. The GOP needs to become the party of freedom. This was once true, but after the Bush II years, it no longer is. The two party system has become statist team blue and statist team red. No thanks! Give me the guy who is pro gun freedom, pro economic freedom, pro personal freedom, America first and not afraid of the system. Yes, his immigration views suck on the Tancredo Scale. But so do the rest of the major candidates.
Time to fire off some e-mails to my two see sawing senators Alexander and Corker.
From your lips to God's ear. Same for Juan McLame.
Thanks for the list. I’m surprised I didn’t see Pat Toomey’s name there. I will contact him immediately.
No surprise there. John Cornyn was taken by the dark side years ago. Ted Cruz must terrify him to his bones.
You say that after reading the excerpt about Rand Paul threatening to filibuster the Senate if an anti-gun bill comes up?
You still have to be careful.
Mourdock ran 10 points BEHIND Romney (yes that’s right) and lost to a Dem.
Now we have “Obama Joe” Donnelly for 6 long years.
I’m not too worried. Mourdock was a fool. There are better candidates in SC than him but getting rid of Lugar shows it can be done.
Cornyn will probably sign on to this next week but just in case send him an email.
Well that’s funny, because the TEA party seems the GOP as its primary threat.
I’ll vote for the TEA party.
100%. If the GOP finds a way to welcome the TEA party I will (then) vote for the GOP.
But my vote goes first and primary at this point, to the TEA party.
ounds good, but make sure your Tea Party candidate doesn’t choke in the general and you wind up with a devout Dem. These candidates HAVE to go to campaign boot camp and learn to deal with the journ-0-list assault.
Need candidates that don’t shoot themselves in the foot!! or foot in mouth disease!!
I like Rand Paul’s common sense over others. Rand has surprised me on many issues, but I dis-liked his father, Ron Paul, and still do.
You must live in New Jersey.
What are the differences between Rand and Ron?
Who is your guy...URL, etc. Thanks
Stamina, good looks, Youth, common sense compromises on many issues such as military strength abroad, budget, taxes, immigration etc. Most of all Rand’s speech delivery and ability to answer interviewers in a calm, collected and assured manner. That is one item why Sarah Palin will not be successful on a national stage. She is great otherwise.
Mourdock wasn’t a novice.
He had been elected in a statewide vote to the office of treasurer.
He just wasn’t ready for the kind of assault that the MSM journ-0-lists can do.
Agreed. You can picture Rand as President: Ron not so much. I wonder if this has been the plan all along: Ron runs for POTUS a few times to build a base and get modern libertarian ideas to the masses. Rand rides those coattails from an optometry practice in Kentucky to the Senate as Ron retires. Socialism fails as it always does (and let’s face it no matter who won in 2008 and 2012 we would’ve ended up with more socialism). Now libertarianism is the only antidote to Obama’s socialism. Rand Paul is the favorite candidate in 2016... That’d have been unthinkable back in 2007.
Which makes it even more shocking he could not give a nuanced answer on abortion because if he did he would be a US senator right now.
He’s an idiot.
I dont think it was ever a “plan”. Rand got lucky in that he was in the right place at the right time when Sen. Bunning retired in Kentucky.
It was like an alignment of the stars. One might say it’s God’s plan.
Can’t they just end the fillibuster if they have 60 votes? Seriously, all 13 will probably have to go to the bathroom at the same time and it will end after 12 hours, and then Rand will vote for the gun bill. Isn’t this what he did during his Chuck Hagel nomination?
The Newtown parents will be on full display tonight on 60 minutes. It wasn’t enough for them to promote a gun free zone at their school, and for Connecticut to pass sweeping gun laws. No, now they have to go on 60 Minutes and pull on heartstrings so that all of the U.S. gives up their guns. Do they not realize that the criminals will keep theirs?
They need 41 votes to sustain it. Remember there’s 4/5 allegedly “pro-gun” Democrats that will be under pressure if they vote to break the filibuster so the other side not only need 5 traitor GOPers they need to convince the handful of red state Dems that it’s a good idea.
Rand won’t vote for the bill and if they manage to break the filibuster he will use other tactics during the debate to stall them and will also filibuster final passage and insist on 60 votes.
Rubio’s been lagging on these issues.
You better start now. $10 million is a lot of dough for a new comer to gin up. You need to start beating Graham down now by simply pointing out the truth on him over and over again.
Kill his election chances early. Make him spend that money covering his tracks and you give a conservative a chance.
Will DeMint run again and against Graham? I don’t think so.
I feel exactly the same way. I’ve held my nose and voted for semi-statist GOPers for too long. In comparison, I’ll take a guy like Rand Paul all day long, warts and all.
Start your candidacy or candidate here:
Every FReeper ought to take some training. It’s possible to make a difference.
Had we known what we know today how much harder and better and smarter would we have fought and won if we’d taken this training 20 years ago?
The election is still 14/15 months away... 12 months is a good starting point so expect our candidate to emerge in a few months. Lets get it on!
'R(ats) all ..... and they need to be sent home.
Thanks for the list!
With people in SC now flocking to Mark Sanford, I doubt we can ever convince them to get rid of “their Lindsey”. He’s more well-known than Thurmond was, at least outside of SC.
People in AZ and SC truly believe in these two foolish clowns. What does that say about people in AZ and SC?
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The effort to present the issue must be destroyed
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He could definatelyl use some "where are you on Toomey-Manchin?" calls.