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Itís Rand Paulís World (Democrats are beginning to use him as a symbol of sinister Republican power)
Daily Beast ^ | 06/13/2013 | Ben Jacobs

Posted on 06/13/2013 5:17:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A man who was an obscure ophthalmologist only four years ago reinforced his role as one of the important political figures in the United States during a short speech on immigration reform before a gathering of conservative Latinos in the Hyatt Hotel in Washington on Wednesday morning. The freshman senator from Kentucky strategically placed himself in the middle ground of the immigration debate. “I’m sort of in between, I think, of where the House and the Senate is,” said Paul.

In remarks to reporters afterward he made clear that his vote was still up for grabs—provided that the bipartisan Gang of Eight, which wrote the Senate bill, listened to his suggestions on border security and farm workers. Paul said that those “in charge of the bill” should “come to people like me who want to vote for it but are not quite there yet and say to us what would it take to bring you along.” Although the Kentucky senator voted to allow debate on the bill on Tuesday, he is still on the fence about supporting final passage.

Paul touted his “trust but verify” proposal that would require the border patrol to certify that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure each year. This certification would have to be affirmed by Congress in an annual vote for any undocumented immigrants to be put on a path to citizenship.

But Rand Paul isn’t just grabbing headlines on immigration reform. With issues coming to the fore involving privacy, technology, and the surveillance state long touted by his father, former congressman Ron Paul, the Kentucky senator is uniquely positioned in the current debate. His 12-hour filibuster on the use of drones on American soil captured the public’s imagination and his strident opposition to the NSA’s surveillance program, as revealed last week by leaker Edward Snowden, has even included a threat to launch a class-action suit in federal court. (Snowden reportedly contributed $500 to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.)

Paul’s place in the spotlight is already drawing fire from Democrats. On Tuesday night at a fundraiser for Rep Edward Markey, the Democratic nominee in the upcoming special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, Vice President Joe Biden slammed Paul as a sinister power in the modern Republican Party. Biden told attendees that the GOP had become “beholden” to Paul as well as Ted Cruz. He said that many Republican senators had told him that they had not supported gun-control measures like Toomey-Manchin in the wake of the Newtown massacre because “I don’t want to take on Rand Paul.”

The Kentucky senator was always well positioned to take the forefront of the debate on privacy with the NSA’s revelations but, with his efforts both to make himself a crucial vote on immigration as well as to shore up his credentials among social conservatives—telling attendees Wednesday about his commitment to defending life from conception to the last dying breath—he’s now made himself one of the key powerbrokers in the Republican conference.

It is Rand Paul’s moment. He just has to decide how he’s going to use it.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: libertarian; randpaul; randsconcerntrolls

1 posted on 06/13/2013 5:17:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

There ain’t no middle ground. You’re either with us or against us. I strongly suspect Paul is with the amnesty/open borders advocates and against us on this one.

2 posted on 06/13/2013 5:24:02 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The enemy of the American people is the democrat party. The democrat party controls

1. the news media
2. hollwywood
3. the presidency
4. The senate
5. the gov bureaucracies
5. the unions
7. the universities
8. the schools
9. soros , Lewis,zuckerberg, msny other billionaires are democrats.
10. Obama the main tyrant is a democrat
11. silicon valley, Google etc. are democrats
12. Pelosi, REid, fienstein, Shumer, Durbin , Lois lerner r democrats
13 . the rest of the media
14. IRS , EPA, DHS, HHS, TSA, FBI, etc.
15. liberals control the supreme Court( they approved Obamacare)
15 . Democrats control all the political money .Soros, tides foundation,gov grants, move,

Democrat party controls all this and more but the media and many others say that everything is the Republicans fault even though r’s have only a few votes majority in the House and that's it

Democrats want to makes slaves of all Americans, turn us into cattle with less rights than a cow or farm chicken for them to manipulate.

3 posted on 06/13/2013 5:26:41 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Jim Robinson

Rand Paul has already lost the presidential primary. He cant unite the Pat Buchanan anti-amnesty wing with his anti-war wing.

He thinks he needs hispanic votes to win a republican primary or win Ohio in the general. Surely he has been to the swing counties in Ohio. Are any of the Paul crowd explaining this to him? Surely they learnt from the mistakes of Ron Paul when it comes to the border fence and foreign nationals committing violence.

How is he going to find jobs for his Black american coalition when he imports more cheap labor.

4 posted on 06/13/2013 6:12:11 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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5 posted on 06/13/2013 7:10:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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>> The freshman senator from Kentucky strategically placed himself

>> he is still on the fence

>> Paul, the Kentucky senator is uniquely positioned

>> Paul’s place in the spotlight

>> The Kentucky senator was always well positioned

Yet, I am still unsure of his positions.

6 posted on 06/13/2013 7:18:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let them. Rand resonates with a broad spectrum of people in a way his dad never did.

7 posted on 06/13/2013 7:41:09 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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