Skip to comments.Rand Paul urges libertarians to vote for Cuccinelli, not Sarvis
Posted on 10/27/2013 8:22:02 PM PDT by Maelstorm
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Thursday urged Virginia Republicans supporting Robert C. Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for governor, to come home to the GOP and vote for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the partys nominee.
I consider myself to be a libertarian conservative, a libertarian Republican, Paul said in a phone interview Thursday. A lot of things (Cuccinelli) talks about are free-market, limited-government, leave-me-alone government. I think there is a lot to like there.
What Im excited about in Ken Cuccinelli is that he is smart, he is articulate, and he has a keen sense of justice, Paul said. Cuccinellis attempt to challenge the Affordable Care Act in court was one of the things that catapulted a nationwide debate over the constitutionality of the health care law, he said.
Paul, a potential Republican presidential contender for 2016, will campaign with Cuccinelli in Fairfax County and Virginia Beach next week. His visit to the state comes as the attorney general faces headwinds from members of his own party who have defected to Sarvis
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We just gave on his website. Thanks for the information. This is the kind of person we all need to support.
We helped Gov. Walker in Wisconsin and that pushed back against the Libs. We need to do the same in Virginia !
Hope he wins!
That is completely false, we all rightfully know that libertarianism includes the anti-conservative positions on social issues, if it didn't then there wouldn't be any need for libertarianism, it would merely be conservatism.
There are few if any better republicans than Cuccinelli.
Thanks! This is exactly the attitude we need. I also helped Walker as did Ken Cuccinelli and Scott Walker has been to Virginia helping to fundraise for Cuccinelli.
Cruz did the endorsing but not the other way around.
I would probably vote for Cuccinelli, but what will happen next. More tax hikes like the outgoing RINO dumped on Virginia. More rigged Republican presidential primaries with signature requirements and winner take all delegate allocations.
Cuccinelli did not support the tax increase nor does he support the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. He and Ted Cruz are on the same page but unfortunately Virginia isn’t Texas. The Rhinos in the state hate Cuccinelli with a passion. Bill Bolling who though he deserved to be next in line came out as a gun grabber and has withheld his endorsement while working behind the scenes to undermine Cuccinelli with endorsements etc. A real worm.
“Libertarians are going to elect another democrat. Thats all they ever accomplish.”
Not enough difference to worry over.
We shall see how this plays out...the media will have its spin but the lack of trust in the Republican label runs high.
A highway funding bill is being pushed here in PA right now that will have to be paid for with higher taxes by the GOP governor who plans to face the voters next year.
I figure he wants the funding bill now but will hold back the tax hike until after the election next year.
Its easy for Cuccinelli to say he’s against the tax hike but would he undo it as governor?
Good for Rand.
In response to some of the comments here:
1. KC is very conservative but to date has run what I think has been a lackluster campaign. He has allowed himself to be defined by McAwful.
2. I really don’t like this idea that any gop candidate, even KC, is somehow “owed” votes. He isn’t. Robert Sarvis has every right to run. If the gop/’rat candidates don’t get as many votes as a result then tough cookies.
3. Robert Sarvis has run a very good campaign. That’s why he is getting an unusual number of votes. And there is certainly a lot of gop/’rat campaign fatigue here. I don’t think that Robert Sarvis is necessarily drawing from KC’s numbers any more than McAwful’s. There are a lot of people who self-identify as libertarian in VA and here we have a well-spoken, talented candidate who is running a very effective campaign for it’s size.
4. Both KC and McAwful have spent an incredible amount on this campaign. I read that it was over $40 mil between the two of them. For a state of 8 mil people, of which maybe 1-2 mil will show up to vote.
5. Finally, the thing that I find most disappointing about this race is how often KC has in effect run away from himself. An example of this was when Ted Cruz came to campaign for him. KC wouldn’t even appear on stage with Ted Cruz. Even though Ted Cruz was taking time out of his day to campaign for him and endorse him. KC has a really good record as a conservative yet it seems that rather than embrace that, he has tried to distance himself from it. Which would lead anyone to question really how sincere he is about his conservative views.
Upshot for me is that I’ll be voting for E.W. Jackson. A fine and unapologetic conservative for LT Governor. I’ll also be voting for Mark Obenshain for AG. Another fine and unapologetic conservative. While I happen to be there I might or might not vote for Ken Cuccinelli.
you don’t know you will vote for Ken!!! Why is it better to see this Clinton hack gain anther vote and maybe won because you did not want to vote for Ken?
Not voting or voting for a sure loser is simply voting with the majority. Too few FReepers understand that.
More than that. The budget situation proved that the Whigs will actively attack conservatives and work with Democrats.
What conservative in their right mind would vote for a party that attacks the very things a conservative believes?
Look for a teaming up of conservatives and libertarians to elect Cuccinelli.
Not true since “conservatism” involves quite a bit of govt largess and controls.
The principled vote must also account for likely consequences.
Regarding your first point, the Left is proficient at deceit, and I wouldn’t say conservatives grant permission to be defined. Conservatives don’t necessarily campaign as well as they govern, so keep that in mind when applying canon.
Bull-Pucky...Steve Daines didn’t have a serious Libertarian candidate and he won with a conservative message. Less government, more jobs was his message and it sold.
Rehberg and the republican governor candidate whose name I can’t recall we’re dry gulched by national democrats who put a lot of money into the Libertarian candidates to siphon about 5% of the vote from the republicans. Rehberg should have stayed in the house and let Daines beat Montana’s fat senator.
Granted, when republicans act conservative and are aggressively so, they do better than democratic-lite. However, there was a lot of democratic subterfuge regarding the libertarians in the 2012 elections in Montana.
There was also a lot of both parties suck in the decision process to vote libertarian.
Cuccinelli is solid enough that I’d vote for him. That being said, if this was John McCain or Lindsey Graham I’d be making a statement.
You mean like the current socialist RINOs that are already destroying the GOP?
the libertarians have never managed to get one of their mouth breathers elected to anything. they have managed to send any number of liberals to washington.
There are dozens of libertarian office holders at the local and state level.
strictly speaking, the libertarians barely even exist. they're like subatomic particles; you have to infer their existence from the behavior of other things -- like everyone's healthcare getting taken away from them.
Yeah, they barely exist until they "cause" one of your RINOs to lose a close race, then suddenly their a force to be reckoned with.
Don’t the Libertarians just take liberal votes away from the Democrats?
—But my point is, is that the Republican brand is completely tarnished. KC should do a better job at getting these voters without compromising his principles. TM has painted him as a bible-thumping so-con.—
Anyone who isn’t a bible-thumping conservative gets excoriated on this site as a liberal. But bible-thumping conservatives don’t win many elections anymore.
Anyone who paints libertarians as liberals is a fool. Neither the Dems nor the GOP seem to give a tinker’s cuss about liberty anymore.