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Rand Paul Is the GOP's Early Presidential Front-Runner
National Journal ^ | February 25, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar

Posted on 02/26/2014 8:10:04 AM PST by Cheerio

While the establishment hopes for a governor to emerge, he is quietly putting together a formidable operation.
Republican strategists like to say the party's next nominee needs to hail from the GOP's gubernatorial ranks. It's a response to how unpopular Washington is—particularly the party's congressional wing—and a reflection of the party's strength in holding a majority of governorships. But another reason for the gubernatorial focus is to sidestep the one formidable candidate that gives the establishment heartburn: Sen. Rand Paul.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: paul; presidential

1 posted on 02/26/2014 8:10:04 AM PST by Cheerio
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To: Cheerio

Standby for GOP to start shooting arrows in his back.

Is the media again picking targets.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 8:12:08 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Cheerio

Well, I see they’re trying to promote an Amnesty advocate as the “alternative” to a Governor. They are SO predictable.

In their minds, ANYONE but Ted Cruz.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 8:12:26 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Cheerio

no


4 posted on 02/26/2014 8:12:31 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Cheerio

Wrong. It is Rick Santorum.

He won Iowa in 2012 while getting severely outspent. I suspect he wins again in 2016.

He was 3 in NH in 2012 to Romney and Huntsman. I suspect he gets 2nd this time.

With Gingrich out, I suspect he will win SC.

Then it will be a two man race in Florida.

But he clearly has an easier road than anybody else unless Romney reconsiders and runs again or if Jeb Bush runs who would probably win NH and FL.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 8:13:39 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Cheerio

Who is the National Journal?

We need a lookup scorecard to see when we are dealing with libtard press


6 posted on 02/26/2014 8:14:27 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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7 posted on 02/26/2014 8:16:28 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Cheerio

The GOP will use Liberal/Progressive moderators to minimize anyone not a moderate like Romney, McCain or Bob Dole. Don’t expect any exciting GOP candidates ever again.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 8:17:11 AM PST by sr4402
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To: staytrue

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

When did you start writing satire?


9 posted on 02/26/2014 8:17:13 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Cheerio

Romney truly embodies the GOP principles.

Gay Marriage by his Choice.
RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE by his Choice.
Criminal illegals everywhere
and not an American job in sight.
Lying, lying, lying, lying.

Romney should be the GOP candidate in 2016.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 8:18:46 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: edcoil

I think the National Journal may have this one right. Rand Paul might be the perfect flunkie for the RINO Party.

As of now, Republicans could do a lot worse than picking Paul. But why pick Paul? Walker, Perry and especially Cruz are so much better.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 8:22:48 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: sr4402
The GOP as currently constituted will never win another election - I see a possibility they even lose the House in Nov 2014. WHAT DOES THE GOP STAND FOR?
12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:23:04 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

I would happily vote for Rand.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 8:25:10 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Cheerio
in plain English this means Rand Paul currently has the highest name recognition. Probably mostly because most stupid people think he is Ron Paul.
14 posted on 02/26/2014 8:25:35 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: staytrue

Santorum!!?!?

ROFL

You are honestly pushing ole frothy!?!


15 posted on 02/26/2014 8:26:19 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: staytrue
It is Rick Santorum.

Right. LOL!
16 posted on 02/26/2014 8:28:39 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Cheerio
WHAT DOES THE GOP STAND FOR?

Yeah, whatever happened to Limited Government?

Their answer to Obamacare is to replace it with some other form of Socialistic government controlled healthcare. It's not to give us back our freedoms to do business with whomever we will (and to use insurance as we like).

17 posted on 02/26/2014 8:29:14 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Cheerio

Gee....I don’t know. What, exactly, does the GOP stand for?

Give Obama Power? Garden of Poop? Inquiring minds want to know....


18 posted on 02/26/2014 8:29:58 AM PST by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Cheerio

My sense is rand paul is our best chance. There are lots of kids fhat want to vote “libertarian” , even though they do not even know what it means. I think he will get lots of votes from low info voters that cruz will never get. I personally would love to see cruz, but I think rand paul is the only guy that gets non republicans


19 posted on 02/26/2014 8:30:10 AM PST by BRL
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To: staytrue

OMgoodness - oh yeah Santorum, lets get excited.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 8:30:38 AM PST by corkoman
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To: Cheerio

Rand Paul is liberal lite - no real core values - hopelessly lost in libertarianism - so I expect the GOPe to get behind him if they can’t get what they really want - a Democrat.

I’m sorry but Santorum has no hope of being elected. He’s a nice guy but seems to me to have a horrible time articulating much of anything and was about as passionate as Mr. Rogers. Give me passion! An unashamedly conservative that doesn’t mind speaking the truth about the dangers facing our nation. I want a fire! Someone like Bill Whittle on steroids (loved his idea about the new GOP logo) - but I’ll settle for Ted Cruz.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 8:31:03 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: staytrue
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Newt Gingrich "will" run again in 2016.

Book it.


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22 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:30 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: arderkrag

I will happily vote for any right leaning American. This regime is really starting to scare me.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 8:33:00 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Cheerio

I think he and Ted Cruz would be an unbeatable ticket.


24 posted on 02/26/2014 8:35:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Donkey Odious

DING DING DING -— WE HAVE A WINNER !!!!!!!!!!!!

GOP = GIVE OBAMA POWER,
courtesy of EXEMPT Issa, EXEMPT Boehner,
EXEMPT McConnell, carpetbagger Romney and the rest
of the traitors to the US Constitution.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 8:36:07 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Cheerio
It's way too early for any talk of front runners.

Can we at lest get beyond the 2014 elections and let people declare their candidacy?

26 posted on 02/26/2014 8:36:15 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: jersey117

Romney is described in some circles as “right-leaning”. So is McCain. I wouldn’t vote for either of them if I was drowning in lava and it was the only way to be rescued.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 8:36:25 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Lake Living

“Rand Paul is liberal lite - no real core value”

Thats kind of a low blow. To admit that you would oppose parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in this day and age takes some guts.


28 posted on 02/26/2014 8:37:39 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: Cheerio

Whoa!

Per other recent threads,

Christie is ...

JBush is ...

Huckabee is ...

Romney is ...

Palin is ...

Cruz is ...

Walker is ...

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Of course, 2012 had half-a-dozen periodic frontrunners and none of them managed to accomplish much more than seeing their bandwagons crash after a few weeks.

2016 seems to be shaping up to be a repeat, with plenty of 2008/2012 retreads, but hopefully, a few new faces.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 8:39:26 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Lake Living
Someone like Bill Whittle on steroids (loved his idea about the new GOP logo) - but I’ll settle for Ted Cruz.

Cruz in a heartbeat.

I missed Whittle's new GOP logo - do you have a link?
30 posted on 02/26/2014 8:40:44 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

I like Rand Paul because he champions reining in the police state but he has not found his footing yet on other matters. Amnesty is not the answer and he needs to rethink that issue for starters.

Right now he and Ted Cruz are the best available. At the risk of getting flamed The only governor I would even consider is Rick Perry. But I think his time has passed.


31 posted on 02/26/2014 8:45:10 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Diogenesis
GOP = GIVE OBAMA POWER,


32 posted on 02/26/2014 8:47:24 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Krispy Kreme. And I’m sure I’ve not listed all the possible candidates.

But things are shaping up once again as a perfect vote splitting storm of many, sort of conservative candidates and a couple of RINOS, a perfect scenario to deliver another RINO presidential candidate.


33 posted on 02/26/2014 8:49:23 AM PST by Will88
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To: Will88

Yep, I forgot Rick Perry. So, possibly seven who’ll be called conservatives and two RINOs.


34 posted on 02/26/2014 8:50:59 AM PST by Will88
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To: Lake Living

“Rand Paul is liberal lite - no real core values - hopelessly lost in libertarianism - so I expect the GOPe to get behind him if they can’t get what they really want - a Democrat.”

Yes.

And he has shown how he is moving in to GOP establishment camp.

That makes sense. He’s the son of a career politician. It’s the family business.

Rand also seems to have a screw or two loose, though not as many as his father, the apple doesn’t fall too far...

I prefer Cruz or Palin.

Still, I will vote for whomever is GOP nominee in 2016. I will not sit out or vote for a Dem or a third party candidate.

Any GOP nominee would be better than whoever runs for the Dems.


35 posted on 02/26/2014 8:52:37 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: nhwingut

Yeah, no kidding.


36 posted on 02/26/2014 8:57:00 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Cheerio

Rand/Palin/Cruz/West/Nugent/Gowdy.

Pick two and let’s get rolling.


37 posted on 02/26/2014 8:58:31 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: Lake Living

Anyone espousing a smaller, more Constitutional FedGov can be painted with the “libertarian” brush.

Get over it.


38 posted on 02/26/2014 8:59:44 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: House Atreides

Very predictable.

They will do ANYTHING to get amnesty. They know it will destroy the GOP and this country.


39 posted on 02/26/2014 9:03:17 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Cheerio

After toppling lard@ss Christie, Runt Paul was next in line as the liberals pick for our candidate.

Once the get him the nomination they will dump all his Liberaltarian turds in the punch bowl.


40 posted on 02/26/2014 9:03:56 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: arderkrag

Youngins like Ron Paul, so I am guessing they will support Rand Paul.

I think my 19 year old son is fairly typical of the young ones these days. He doesn’t really care about the social issues (as it relates to politics), but he can’t stand the government taking his money out of his paycheck.

One of my 17 year old twins is more concerned about social issues. I think she may be more conservative than me. Certainly, more than I was at her age.

Her twin sister is just clueless. She’ll ask me who she should vote for. I have lots of educating to do with her.


41 posted on 02/26/2014 9:20:48 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Cheerio

The GOP-e must be terrified. They must stop a Paul or a Cruz, or they might lose the party and then it might stop passively promoting “progressivism”.


42 posted on 02/26/2014 9:21:29 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: arderkrag

So would I. And some others who have been mentioned.


43 posted on 02/26/2014 9:22:55 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: staytrue

For anyone to win Iowa they have to promise them they can keep the Ethanol Entitlement.


44 posted on 02/26/2014 9:24:43 AM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: Cheerio; All
But another reason for the gubernatorial focus is to sidestep the one formidable candidate that gives the establishment heartburn: Sen. Rand Paul.

Oh yeah. I know it gave the GOP Establishment real heartburn when Runt Paul endorsed Mitch McConnell over a great, young Conservative Matt Bevin. And it must really tear them up that Runt Paul is out there actively campaigning for Mitch. Yeah; right!!!
I loathe "inside-the-beltway" political whores!!! So therefore, I loathe Rand Paul.
45 posted on 02/26/2014 9:31:24 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: TomGuy

“Of course, 2012 had half-a-dozen periodic frontrunners “

There was only one front runner in 2012, and it was Romney.


46 posted on 02/26/2014 9:53:22 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Cheerio

Well of course! He’s the only one speaking out against Hillary, and Bill! Go Rand!


47 posted on 02/26/2014 10:21:07 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Cheerio

No thanks. How did Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens work out for us?


48 posted on 02/26/2014 11:23:44 AM PST by OldNewYork
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To: Cheerio

I’d vote for Rand Paul with enthusiasm!


49 posted on 02/26/2014 1:17:20 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Cheerio

You know what scares me about Rand Paul? The fact that his nutjob father may have some influence over him.


50 posted on 02/26/2014 1:19:55 PM PST by Jean S
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