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Don't Ask Rand Paul Why He's Supporting Mitch McConnell
talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Sahil Kapur

Posted on 04/17/2014 9:12:01 AM PDT by cotton1706

Don't ask Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) why he's supporting Mitch McConnell for reelection. He doesn't want to talk about it. At least publicly.

While crisscrossing Kentucky during Congress's two-week recess, Paul visited a community forum in Edmonton on Wednesday to speak to constituents, where he was reportedly asked why he endorsed the Senate Republican leader.

The Glasgow Daily Times described what happened next:

One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville.

Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator.

McConnell and Paul have a complicated history and are cut from different cloths. McConnell tried to prevent Paul from winning the Senate GOP nomination in 2010, and much of Paul's base -- which is attracted to his outsider persona and unwavering libertarianism -- distrusts the Republican minority leader.

In February, Paul was asked by radio host Glenn Beck why he's supporting McConnell, who faces conservative challenger Matt Bevin in the GOP primary. Paul tried to dodge, then offered up an awkward response: "Because he asked me. He asked me when there was nobody else in the race. And I said yes."

In a 2013 statement regarding his endorsement, Paul said: "Mitch McConnell is an important ally and a conservative voice in Washington for the people of Kentucky. The commonwealth is stronger because of his service and I look forward to continuing to work with him."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: apaulogia; apaulogists; arthurmcgowan; elections; glennbeck; kentucky; louisville; mattbevin; mitchmcconnell; paulbearers; randpaul; randpaultruthfile

1 posted on 04/17/2014 9:12:01 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Loyalty?

Dude has his head in a grinder?

Geeesssh.

Mitch’s day has come and gone,, and so apparently has Rand’s.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 9:15:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: cotton1706

Has Ted Cruz done this? I.e., supported an incumbent dirtbag against a Tea Party challenger?


3 posted on 04/17/2014 9:20:45 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Either Rand has sold out, or he is playing Good Cop/ Bad Cop tot he GOP Elite with Ted Cruz acting as “Bad Cop” when dealing with the GOP Elite...

Rand could be doing this to try to cement himself as the establishment counter choice to Ted Cruz....

I hope to heck my theory is true...


4 posted on 04/17/2014 9:28:43 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: cotton1706
Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator.

What's the matter, Rand? Afraid to admit it publicly?

5 posted on 04/17/2014 9:30:25 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: GraceG

That’s why I’m leaning toward Cruz. I want the Bad Cop.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 9:32:00 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: cotton1706

Because it suits his needs.... Not the country’s


7 posted on 04/17/2014 9:35:19 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: cotton1706
Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator.

What a terrible answer. Rand Paul keeps proving he is not ready for prime time.

8 posted on 04/17/2014 9:37:46 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: cotton1706

I want to know how many episodes like this it will take for people to accept that he’s no Conservative. I want to know as well what people get out of making excuses for his excuses.

He has repeatedly said and done things that are blatantly working against what conservatives traditionally believe. Those are the facts. Is this going to be another Romney fiasco come election time where ‘conservatives’ stand here and call a guy that is screwing them daily a ‘better option’ than the other guy screwing them daily?

Folks, he supports one of the biggest anticonservatives in the GOP...PERIOD. Anyone supporting that man is supporting their own demise.


9 posted on 04/17/2014 9:44:17 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: cotton1706
McConnell and Paul have a complicated history and are cut from different cloths.

Apparently the same suit though.

10 posted on 04/17/2014 9:55:12 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Arthur McGowan
That’s why I’m leaning toward Cruz. I want the Bad Cop.

My tagline: To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.

11 posted on 04/17/2014 10:06:00 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

[ That’s why I’m leaning toward Cruz. I want the Bad Cop. ]

We NEED the Bad Cop because the Perp (Dem Controlled FedGov) is outright unreasonable...


12 posted on 04/17/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Arthur McGowan

No, Ted Cruz hasn’t done that.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3145430/posts?page=18#18


13 posted on 04/17/2014 10:23:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Well said.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 10:24:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Is this going to be another Romney fiasco come election time where ‘conservatives’ stand here and call a guy that is screwing them daily a ‘better option’ than the other guy screwing them daily?

We already see that argument used and we don't even know who is running yet, ""sure Paul is not perfect BUT at least Paul is better than Hillary"".

15 posted on 04/17/2014 10:30:55 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: SunkenCiv

I fully get that no pol is perfect and 100% on board with each of us. But this is nuts. this guy has time and again crapped on the conservative base and a portion of them say it smells like roses.

Stockholm Syndrome is about the only thing that explains it. Or willful intent to perpetuate our destruction. Because it provably is not to advance our cause.


16 posted on 04/17/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: ansel12

I know. and it makes me crazy. People doing that have to be GOP plants. Nothing else makes sense. And they should be treated as such for their actions until proven otherwise.


17 posted on 04/17/2014 10:33:53 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: cotton1706

I’ve had it with Rand. I’ve given him too many chances to prove himself to me, and he’s fallen short.

Cruz all the way.


18 posted on 04/17/2014 10:55:10 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Thorliveshere

A very revealing thing about Rand, is how incoherent he is about simple issues, before he and his team can work out a method of dealing with conservatives.

From foreign policy to domestic issues, Rand can be seen desperately seeking some way to avoid giving a position.

Here is an example on “gay marriage”, see if you can make sense of this.

Rand Paul’s Same-Sex Marriage Plan: Continue The Debate ‘For Another Couple Of Decades’
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) opposes same-sex marriage, but his tactics for doing so are unique. For example, last month he offered a completely unfeasible suggestion to simply erase any mention of marriage from the laws and establish all its protections through various contracts. But he really isn’t interested in taking any steps to help that along. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this weekend, he expressed hope that by continuing to allow individual states to decide, the debate on same-sex marriage might continue unresolved for several decades:
PAUL: Where marriage is adjudicated, whether it’s at the federal level or at the state level, we’ve always had marriage certificates and we’ve had them at the state level. If we keep it that way, maybe we can still have the discussion go on without make the decision go all the way one way or all the way the other way.
I think right now if we say we’re only going to have a federally mandated one-man, one-woman marriage, we’re going to lose that battle because the country is going the other way right now. If we were to say each state can decide, I think a good 25, 30 states still do believe in traditional marriage, and maybe we allow that debate to go on for another couple of decades and see if we can still win back the hearts and minds of people.”

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/04/08/1836371/rand-pauls-same-sex-marriage-plan-continue-the-debate-for-another-couple-of-decades/


19 posted on 04/17/2014 11:11:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Arthur McGowan
Has Ted Cruz done this? I.e., supported an incumbent dirtbag against a Tea Party challenger?

Cruz has refused to take a stand one way or the other in any primary where a sitting senator is running opposed. The only time he's taking a stand is where there is no incumbant, like Oklahoma.

20 posted on 04/17/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: NormsRevenge
Mitch’s day has come and gone,, and so apparently has Rand’s. If this story is any indication, it was never here.
21 posted on 04/17/2014 11:33:54 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Timber Rattler

I have emailed and contacted Rand as well and can’t get an answer. Snitch is toast either in the primary or general election. Lots of long time conservatives I know here in KY planning on sitting the general election out if Snitch wins the primary.


22 posted on 04/17/2014 11:35:12 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: Norm Lenhart

Yes, but he has the advantage of having a cadre of drones who defend and/or spin every gaffe.


23 posted on 04/17/2014 11:35:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DoodleDawg
The only time he's taking a stand is where there is no incumbent, like Oklahoma.

True, and what a rally they will soon have in Tulsa. T.W. Shannon, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Palin and Sen. Mike Lee.

Woo Hoo!!!

24 posted on 04/17/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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