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Rand Paul Crafting New Alliances With Romney’s 2012 Team
CBS ^ | April 28, 2014 9:29 AM

Posted on 04/29/2014 12:26:17 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

BOSTON (AP) — Fighting to move beyond his father’s shadow, Sen. Rand Paul is crafting new alliances with the Republican Party establishment during a Northeast tour that began Friday in Boston.

The 51-year-old Kentucky Republican, son of libertarian hero and former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, headlined an afternoon luncheon hosted by top lieutenants of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney — a private meeting that comes as Paul weighs a 2016 presidential bid of his own. To succeed in a national campaign, however, those close to Paul acknowledge that he must broaden his appeal beyond the Tea Party and libertarian-minded activists who rallied behind his father’s long-shot presidential runs.

Paul offered a unique blend of what he called “libertarian-ish” politics while addressing Harvard University’s Institute of Politics Friday afternoon.

“The Republican Party will adapt, evolve or die,” Paul declared.

He railed against perceived civil liberties abuses in the Obama administration, while suggesting his party should focus less attention on social issues. He also said the GOP should abandon calls to deport millions of immigrants and offered that armed school officials might help prevent further mass shootings.

But more than what he said publicly, Paul’s private actions on Friday marked a new step in his push to strengthen his political standing.

The freshman senator attended the luncheon at the private-equity firm Solamere Capital, a Boston-area company led by Romney’s his former national finance chairman, Spencer Zwick, and Romney’s oldest son, Tagg. Romney himself serves as a senior adviser to the firm and has an office there, although he did not attend the gathering.

Zwick arranged a private audience of just a dozen key members of Romney’s inner circle, including senior advisers Beth Myers, Bob White and Ron Kaufman.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: gope; kentucky; libtardian; mittromney; paul4romney; paul4romneyagenda; paul4romneycare; paul4romneymarriage; rand; randpaul; randpaul2016; randpaultruthfile; rino; romney
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"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton
 
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1 posted on 04/29/2014 12:26:17 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie
No.

No.

No.

2 posted on 04/29/2014 12:30:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yup. Get the most liberal campaign ever to run you for president as a staunch conservative. What a cunning plan. The very people that trashed every conservative in a 57 state area. And Rand is courting them.

Truly he is Reagan reincarnated and will govern likewise.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 12:31:09 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SoConPubbie

FURP!!


4 posted on 04/29/2014 12:32:00 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Well if CBS says so.....


5 posted on 04/29/2014 12:32:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Is it not enuf that Romney put Obama into office twice?

Is it not enuf that Romney installed polygamy, gay marriage,
gay abuse of children, and RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE?

WHAT possible good will come from the G(ive) O(bama) P(ower)
party?


6 posted on 04/29/2014 12:32:20 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SoConPubbie

It is obvious that nut case Paul has been moving leftward for some time.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 12:33:43 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yeah, ‘cause they really knew what they were doing. Quite the victory President Romney had.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 12:34:05 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul is getting on my nerves!


9 posted on 04/29/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

RP is not going to crash on the runway.

RP is not going to burn on the runway.

RP is not even going to get out of the shop, and has already glued his fingers together while setting the waste basket on fire.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 12:34:55 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’ve said this before.

The Constitution is Libertarian.

Individuals are fundamentally conservative.

This is what Democrats fear.

By removing the Federal Government, we will place our faith in the hands of the individual.

As a result, virtually all our social issues will be decided at the local level.

The question is, “Who do you trust ?”

Democrats clearly don’t trust the individual.

Establishment Republicans “Say” they trust the individual, but their actions seem to prove otherwise.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Repeal the mis-named Patriot Acts.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 12:38:40 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’ll bet he is.

This is the same team that trashed Sarah Palin, after Mitt Romney lent them to Juan McCain, and they blew that race on purpose.

Professional losers.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 12:40:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“The Republican Party will adapt, evolve or die,” Paul declared.

He railed against perceived civil liberties abuses in the Obama administration, while suggesting his party should focus less attention on social issues. He also said the GOP should abandon calls to deport millions of immigrants and offered that armed school officials might help prevent further mass shootings.”

A Libtardian moron who would get fewer votes that Romney or McCain.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 12:40:27 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SoConPubbie

Twins!


15 posted on 04/29/2014 12:40:35 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Beagle8U

A Libtardian moron who would get fewer votes that Romney or McCain.

*********

Incredible, but true.


16 posted on 04/29/2014 12:42:30 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Psalm 144

Oh he will. The Romney fanatics that spent months attacking anyone here that wouldn’t bow and scrape will just transfer their alliance and do it all over again with Rand. In fact, several of them already are.

So get ready for another year plus of hearing them scream that Rands liberalisn isn’t liberalisn and you want a democrat elected if you do not totally agree.

Historu is repeating as we speak.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 12:43:26 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Beagle8U
Randy contracted the Rubio/Ryan/Cantor virus.

It's always fatal.

18 posted on 04/29/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SoConPubbie

Such an amalgamation can only lead to a case of “canine fornication”! (He done did gone and s. t. p.!)

I cannot take Rand Paul seriously, once he opened his mouth on his ideas of foreign policy.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 12:44:49 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SoConPubbie

"Ron Paul will continue my agendae of gay marriage,
socialized medicine, protection of Obama, and the rape of children."

20 posted on 04/29/2014 12:44:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Zeneta

“By removing the Federal Government, we will place our faith in the hands of the individual.

As a result, virtually all our social issues will be decided at the local level.”

Put down the Bong and step slowly away from the keyboard.


21 posted on 04/29/2014 12:45:09 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Norm Lenhart

These days... you may be right. The article underscores how vapid and without direction he is. Yeah, there is some overlap there.


22 posted on 04/29/2014 12:50:37 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: tennmountainman

23 posted on 04/29/2014 12:51:09 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: TexasCajun

24 posted on 04/29/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: Psalm 144

The people are the same and the agenda is the same. It is ALL overlap.

We are 2 years out from an election and already Rand id moderating. Take a guess what Rand will be saying come Nov2016 with the Romney money and Romney campaign machine behind him. I would wager the farm, dog and child that ir sounds an awful lot like Romney.

I would also bet everything that a number of Freepers will be screaming that we have to vote for him no matter what and that we should have hashed it all out 2 years ago...which is now.

Just like last time and every election prior. you would think people would stop licking the frozen flag pole once the tongue sticks a couple times.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 12:58:37 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Beagle8U

While I agree with your position, given the current political environment an authoritative conservative message is a non starter.

It is in fact a “Leap of Faith”.

I would vote for Ted Cruz in a heartbeat, but I think Rand Paul has a better chance at winning.

Ted doesn’t play politics. Rand is going to run and is playing the game.

You and I both know that Cruz is a better representation of the conservative message, but as he preaches to the choir, Paul is looking to capture the discontent and the votes from the middle.

Times have changed.


26 posted on 04/29/2014 1:11:10 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I’ve not forgotten how the 2012 convention chicanery either.
http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/27/floor-fight-grass-roots-activists-battle-attempt-to-rig-gop-convention-delegate-rules/
http://www.redstate.com/diary/morton_c_blackwell/2012/09/04/99/

IMO, the GOP is a write off. Many conservatives are still dedicated to one more frontal assault on the works however.

“If you want the C.O.,
I know where he is, I know where he is, I know where he is.
If you want the C.O., I know where he is
He is down in a deep dug-out,
I’ve seen him, I’ve seen him, down in a deep dug-out,
I’ve seen him, I’ve seen him, down in a deep dug-out.

If you want to find the old battalion,
I know where they are, I know where they are, I know where they are
If you want to find the old battalion, I know where they are,
They’re hanging on the old barbed wire,
I’ve seen ‘em, I’ve seen ‘em, hanging on the old barbed wire.
I’ve seen ‘em, I’ve seen ‘em, hanging on the old barbed wire.”


27 posted on 04/29/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Psalm 144

There are MAYBE 5 Republicans at the national level worth a vote. Anyone that votes the rest in may as well just vote a straight ticket. Literally. Because the rest are siding with the dems on EVERY major issue.

The facts are there. And spending months campaigning hard against conservative positions, then voting for them knowing they will lose does not make one worth a vote.


28 posted on 04/29/2014 1:20:34 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Zeneta

Rand Paul is a moron with zero, zip, nadda chance of being elected nationally.

For every liberal vote he gains with queer marriage, abortion, amnesty, and dope, he would lose 2-3 conservative votes.

Guess what...those liberal dope heads aren’t going to vote for smaller government or cutting taxes.

He couldn’t carry a single state.


29 posted on 04/29/2014 1:21:00 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Edit...Vote a straight DEMOCRAT Ticket.


30 posted on 04/29/2014 1:21:22 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Beagle8U

It isn’t really the dems taking the country down, though they do their best. They are what they are. It’s the Republicans destroying it. They had one job to do. Stop Dems from putting their wheels in motion. They not only failed, but help to push the car. So who is worse? The ideologue or the traitor to the cause?

And they have so many little helpers helping them do it.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 1:25:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Republicans can’t do much with Hairy Greed controlling the Senate and owebama in the white hut.

All they can do is shut down government and wind up slaughtered in the next election.


32 posted on 04/29/2014 1:29:47 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SoConPubbie

There you go again, Rand. How does anyone trust this man who thinks he’s entitled to the Presidency?


33 posted on 04/29/2014 1:31:08 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: Beagle8U

So?


34 posted on 04/29/2014 1:31:33 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Losing isn’t much of a plan.

If we want to turn things around and stop owebama from imposing his agenda, we have to take the Senate in Nov.


35 posted on 04/29/2014 1:35:21 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

And winning with our victory being the Dem agenda is?

Does it matter if a Dem or a Pub does the same action? Is amnesty more evil if a dem votes for it? Is the homofication thing more acceptable if the GOP OKs it?


36 posted on 04/29/2014 1:40:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Zeneta
As a result, virtually all our social issues will be decided at the local level.

Rand Paul is running for the presidency, which locality decides federal policy and law on abortion in the military, in federal employment, and in immigration?

37 posted on 04/29/2014 1:43:56 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Who said anything about amnesty or adopting the lib agenda?

Winning in Nov doesn’t include those things.


38 posted on 04/29/2014 1:59:43 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

I disagree.

Liberal/progressive politics is all about the “Governmental” acceptance, promotion and protection of groups. By the force of Government.

I don’t belong to any of their groups.

Sadly, I am still defined politically as being part of a “Group”. A Conservative Christian.

This group has no chance getting elected given the nature of the media and its zombie followers. We are excluded from even having our message heard.

To be perfectly clear, we need to be perfectly vague.

We need to be “undefinable”.

As soon as the media can define us, they will attempt to destroy us.


39 posted on 04/29/2014 2:11:07 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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Paul's conservative ratings

American Conservative Union rates Paul at 100% conservative.
Heritage rates Paul the third most conservative in the Senate 97%
Club for growth rates Paul 100%
National Right to Life Committee 100%
FreedomWorks 100%

40 posted on 04/29/2014 2:25:10 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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As I recall your were a big George W Bush supporter. How did that work out for the country? Dido all the other Bushbots bashing Paul. You know who you are.

How about we give small government constitutional conservative a break!

41 posted on 04/29/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: jpsb
As I recall your were a big George W Bush supporter. How did that work out for the country? Dido all the other Bushbots bashing Paul. You know who you are. How about we give small government constitutional conservative a break!

I was a big GWB supporter when he was a conservative in his actions, I was very vocal against GWB when he supported Amnesty, tried to put a ringer on the Supreme Court, Pushed TARP, didn't do anything to cut the size of government, etc.

Rand Paul is not a conservative, a Libertarian, as his comments lately on policy positions etc. prove, but not a conservative.
42 posted on 04/29/2014 2:33:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Bushbots have ZERO credibility! ZERO bushbot!


43 posted on 04/29/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: jpsb
American Conservative Union rates Paul at 100% conservative. Heritage rates Paul the third most conservative in the Senate 97% Club for growth rates Paul 100% National Right to Life Committee 100% FreedomWorks 100%

You can throw out the ACU ratings, that's a trash rating agency designed to give RINOs cover.

Furthermore, his voting patterns now are not the issue, what is the issue, are the statements WHILE he his implicitly campaigning for President as THEY give a window into how he would lead as POTUS.

Taking his Libertarian/Moderate positions into consideration proves Rand Paul cannot be trusted to lead from a conservative position but will pull a Mitt Romney and do what he considers popular, not principled.
44 posted on 04/29/2014 2:35:46 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s where the big money is, and the big money wants Rand.


45 posted on 04/29/2014 2:37:49 PM PDT by familyop
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To: SoConPubbie

I would advise concentrating on electing conservatives in 2014 instead of 24/7 Paul bashing.


46 posted on 04/29/2014 2:42:30 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: jpsb
I would advise concentrating on electing conservatives in 2014 instead of 24/7 Paul bashing.

Well, Rand Paul, with his de-emphazing the Social Issues and Amnesty is a pretend conservative, so by shedding the light of day on his non-conservative actions that is exactly what I am doing,

Concentrating on electing conservatives.

Oh, and btw, this isn't "bashing" Rand Paul, it is however, telling the truth about Rand Paul, something his supporters apparently dearly do not want to occur.
47 posted on 04/29/2014 2:48:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul has done a millions times what you could ever hope to do in advancing the conservative agenda Bushbot. Admit it, you like big government as long as big government is pushing YOUR agenda.


48 posted on 04/29/2014 2:55:37 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Diogenesis

It was jackasses like you that got King Obama elected the second term. Keep up the good work. Your useless.


49 posted on 04/29/2014 2:57:51 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me
You are confusing me with your Master Romney
who defended the undocumented Tyrant OVER and OVER:

Chihuahua Romney - the One and the Only "Magic RINO(TM)":

"Obama was born in the United States"

"Obama Doesn’t Need a Birth Certificate"

"The citizenship test has been passed"


Milt Romney in 2007

Romney - the Magic RINO:
"I'm not running as the Republican view
or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.

(Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)



"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn't make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan



50 posted on 04/29/2014 3:01:20 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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