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  • The difference between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 27, 2015 | Doug Wead, former Ron Paul & Bush advisor
    Exclusive: Doug Wead says 1 candidate represents the past, the other the future. So what’s the difference between Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz is running against Barack Obama. Rand Paul is running against Hillary Clinton. One represents the past. The other represents the future. Both men are U.S. senators running for president in 2016. Rand Paul is from Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas. (Rand Paul is expected to announce his candidacy April 9.) Both men are conservatives whose careers were launched during rise of the tea party. Both are born-again Christians. And both signed the...
  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • Rand Paul on Ted Cruz: We need a conservative nominee with “winnability” (Not satire)

    03/24/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I did … not think we’d be seeing Rand, of all people, making electability arguments at the expense of other candidates, but if there’s any guy in the field whom Democrats would demagogue more gleefully than they would him, I suppose it’s Cruz. The money line here comes when he talks about “not just throwing out red meat, but throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before.” That’ll be his core attack on Cruz throughout the primaries, partly of necessity since there’s not much that divides them on policy (by Paul’s own admission)....
  • Rand Paul: I signed Tom Cotton’s letter to strengthen Obama’s hand against Iran

    03/11/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I … guess this makes sense? Paul’s got the same problem here as he has on most issues not related to cutting spending, trying to find a spot on the Venn diagram where libertarians and conservatives overlap. He signed Cotton’s letter, obviously, because he knows he’ll be attacked in the primaries as a squish who can’t be trusted as commander-in-chief and he can’t hand any more ammo to the competition on that point. Now, when Rubio or Ted Cruz or whoever slams him for being dovish, he can point to the Cotton letter as rebuttal. Having pandered to conservatives, though,...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 12:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    One of the least interesting news manias of the week has been former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussing his opinion that President Obama doesn't really love America (or you, or me, or him). Obama has been the very living embodiment of American government power for the past 7 years, and not too reluctant to use it against enemies, and just random citizens, both foreign and domestic—whether it comes to foreign policy, spending, taxing, regulating, and arresting. Thus, I doubt any alleged lack of love for the U.S. of A matters in any way that Giuliani or the people delighted to...
  • Peter King Running For President To Block Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio And Rand Paul

    02/01/2015 10:45:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Spreadit ^ | February 1, 2015 | Garrett Montgomery
    Peter King running for president in order to prevent other Republicans from winning the 2016 election. In numerous interviews, Congressman Peter King from New York has confirmed that his main reason for entering the presidential race is to serve as an obstacle to conservatives like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.Peter King running for president not because he thinks he can make it to the White House, but because he wants to stop several Republicans from becoming the most powerful leader in the world. For over two years now, Mr Peter Thomas King, who is the U.S. Representative for...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

    01/22/2015 9:44:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kate Nocera
    For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret that he’ll support his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, should Paul run for president in 2016. And Paul has also made no secret that he very, very likely will do just that. But there’s a lot of time between now and the...
  • Bill Straub: Being the ‘most conservative’ in a crowded field could work to Paul’s advantage

    01/22/2015 7:44:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Kentucky Forward ^ | January 22, 2015 | Bill Straub
    One thing you can say about Sen. Rand Paul’s burgeoning presidential campaign – he’s not scaring anybody out of the race. The Republican National Committee reports that the 2016 primary field has mushroomed to about 25 legitimate contenders — the size of a major league baseball roster — and growing, which certainly could make for an interesting party debate where you quite literally won’t be able to tell the players without a scorecard. Despite the RNC’s claims of legitimacy there are a few apples in the barrel who have about as much chance of moving into the Oval Office two...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Break Down the Wall That Separates Us From the ‘Other America’

    01/19/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
    We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal justice system.In his 1967 address to Stanford University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of two Americas. He described them as, “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” In one America, people experienced “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.” In the other America, people experienced a “daily ugliness” that dashes hope and leaves only “the fatigue of despair.”(continued)
  • Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?

    01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    With 2016 rumblings abounding, we forgot about Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania Senator threw some early punches last week at his potential rivals, calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bomb throwers,” who had no real accomplishments on their resumes (via NYT): Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised four policy issues that he said would prompt questions about Mr. Huckabee’s fealty to conservative principles. Mr. Santorum was even harsher when discussing Mr. Paul of Kentucky and Mr. Cruz of Texas, both first-term senators, dismissing them as...
  • Cruz, McConnell vie for influence

    01/08/2015 10:23:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are competing for influence among the Senate’s 12 Republican freshmen, with the outcome potentially shaping the agenda for 2015 and beyond. Cruz has reached out to freshman Republicans, whom he helped in last year’s elections, in hopes they will join his effort to pressure Republican leaders to pursue what he calls a “bold agenda.” “We should follow through on our commitment to provide big, bold positive ideas responding to the very real economic hardship that so many millions of Americans are feeling,” he said. Cruz said he has targeted...
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary

    01/05/2015 1:17:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2015 | Paul Kane
    Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be “scary.” The incoming Senate majority leader has set a political goal for the next two years of overseeing a functioning, reasonable majority on Capitol Hill that scores some measured conservative wins, particularly against environmental regulations, but probably not big victories such as a full repeal of the health-care law. McConnell’s priority is to set the stage for a potential GOP presidential victory in 2016. “I don’t want the American people to think that if they add a Republican president...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Rand Paul's NYPD Shooting Blowback

    12/22/2014 11:23:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    De Blasio? Sharpton? Nope. The biggest blowback will be against the “reforming” Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.After New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in a retaliatory ambush on Saturday afternoon, the collateral damage was immediate. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio relationship with the police went from horrible to horrendous. Rev. Al Sharpton’s campaign to cleanse his race-baiting past grew more difficult, and Sen. Rand Paul—who had gone out of his way to break bread with Sharpton and to criticize police militarization—may now be facing an even more difficult task...
  • Without Cruz, there would be no opposition to President Obama (With 2016 poll to FReep)

    12/21/2014 2:42:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nolan Chart Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Vogl
    An entire nation votes, tens of millions of Americans come out to their local polls to tell Washington it is going in the wrong direction on amnesty and Obama Care, and endless deficits, and cowardice in the face of terrorism…and what do the Republicans leaders do? They give the president everything he could ask for, while turning on one of the few in the Republican ranks that understands we are fighting for the very life of the nation. The Republican Party simply is not up to the task of changing the course of this nation. Too many in the Republican...
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Rand Paul dives back into Ferguson debate

    11/25/2014 5:15:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul is blaming politicians for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that the criminal justice system fuels racial tension by disproportionately targeting African-Americans. The so-called war on drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation," Paul said in an op-ed published for TIME. He acknowledged that the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer wasn't related to drugs, but argued that outsized penalties for nonviolent drug crimes creates a "tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy." The comments are another attempt by Paul, a Kentucky...
  • Elizabeth Warren Is Not the Ted Cruz of the Left: She's more like the Rand Paul of the left.

    12/16/2014 5:49:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 16, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    The symmetry was irresistible. Last weekend, as Ted Cruz almost blew up the budget deal over immigration and Elizabeth Warren almost blew it up over banking regulations, pundits seized upon an analogy. Both senators are articulate, ideological, media-savvy, beloved by party activists, and problematic for party leaders. Thus, Warren is the Cruz of the left. Bad analogy, argues Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, noting that it’s Cruz and the GOP that want “to use government funding as leverage to undo policy measures Democrats enacted in the 111th Congress.” Warren just doesn’t “want to pay the ransom.” The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan is...
  • Can Mitch McConnell handle Ted Cruz? Just maybe, he can.

    11/06/2014 6:08:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | November 6, 2014 | Francine Kiefer
    Sen. Ted Cruz has already flexed his influence in the House with last year's government shutdown. Now, he'll be part of the Senate majority and presumed majority leader Mitch McConnell might have his hands full.His dry humor on display, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell began his victory press conference on Wednesday with insider playfulness that had outsized import. The presumed soon-to-be leader of a GOP-controlled Senate started by briefly reviewing his takeaways from the election, including unhappiness with dysfunction in Washington. He then named some of the people who had called him that day: President Obama, Senate majority leader Harry Reid,...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Rand Paul Ready To Hire Controversial Ex-McConnell Campaign Manager

    12/09/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 9, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will be part of Paul's campaign team in 2016. Benton, served as McConnell's campaign manager for much of the 2014 cycle until he resigned amid questions about the role he allegedly played in a 2012 Iowa pay-for-votes bribery scandal. Paul, in an interview with WHAS11, said that he thinks "Jesse is honest, he's good at politics and I don't think he's done anything wrong." It wasn't clear from Paul's comments if he was referring to his Senate re-election campaign or the...
  • Rand stands with Obama and Kerry on Iran

    12/04/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 4, 2014 | Philip Klein
    There may be disagreements on foreign policy among conservatives, but one thing that there's near universal agreement on is that President Obama's foreign policy has been an abysmal failure. That's why it was especially noteworthy that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already facing an uphill battle in winning over conservative primary voters on foreign policy, has embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic Iranian regime. Speaking at a meeting sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Paul said he doesn’t favor increasing sanctions on Iran as the U.S. continues diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Ron Paul: Evangelicals' Support for War at Odds With Fundamental Teachings of Jesus

    12/02/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / FTM Daily ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jerry Robinson
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., -- In an exclusive interview with FTMDaily's (http://ftmdaily.com/) Jerry Robinson, former Congressman Ron Paul discusses some of his core values as an American and as a human being. "On Faith and Family: A Conversation With Dr. Ron Paul" provides compelling insight on the problems facing the nation today, as well as reflections on Paul's three presidential campaigns. Paul explained that war and strong-arm diplomacy, both part of America's compulsion to police the world, are fundamentally unsound policies. Most disturbingly, he said, is that a vocal minority of the Christian Evangelical community is strongly in favor of such foreign...
  • Buchanan: Cruz or Paul Will Be In 'Finals' for GOP Nomination

    11/29/2014 1:13:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | November 29, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Columnist Pat Buchanan predicted that either Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) would be in the "finals" for the GOP nomination in 2016 on Friday's "McLaughlin Group.""If you want to get the nomination, you don't worry about independents in a general election, you excite the base, the Tea Party, the conservatives, the activists, the libertarians, and this is exactly what Cruz is doing. And I think it's a correct strategy as a nomination strategy, it's risky in a general election" he stated....
  • The 2016 spotlight turns to Texas (A March 1st primary?)

    11/28/2014 2:55:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Texas Tribune's TribTalk Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jim Henson and Joshua Blank
    With the 2014 election now in the history books, the reality is that the 2016 campaign is upon us. And you can expect Texas to get more time in the spotlight now that the 2016 GOP presidential primary is a main attraction. Four candidates with direct or indirect connections to the Lone Star State are on most early lists of top potential candidates: Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and two scions of families with strong Texas ties — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of former Texas Congressman (and frequent presidential aspirant) Ron Paul, and...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Ted Cruz’s nutty Senate takeover: Why GOP’s “amnesty” freakout is a horrifying omen (Smell the fear)

    11/14/2014 11:19:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Elias Isquith
    At certain moments during the past year’s long and often tedious march to November, the political class, already bored with discussing a GOP Senate takeover most considered nearly certain, started debating a few post-election hypotheticals. With Republicans in control in both the House and the Senate, would the president try again to strike the elusive grand bargain?(No.) Would Senate Republicans retaliate against Democrats for choosing the so-called nuclear option? (Maybe.) Would Democrats filibuster relentlessly, like Republicans did when they were the minority party in the Senate? (Probably not.) Of all the questions about a Republican Senate that hovered over the...
  • Why President Rand Paul Will Keep America Safer Than Bush, Obama, and Hillary Clinton

    11/13/2014 8:25:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    President Rand Paul will keep you safer than the president who brought America into Iraq and Afghanistan, the same man who in 2000 argued against nation building and foreign military entanglements. He'll keep you safer than the president who just doubled America's military presence in Iraq, yet in 2011 promised, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." Rand Paul will also keep you safer than Hillary Clinton, a centrist with a neoconservative advisor named Robert Kagan who is quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I feel comfortable with her...
  • Rand Paul’s Greatest Weakness

    11/12/2014 10:36:11 PM PST · by entropy12 · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | November 12, 2014 | SAM YOUNGMAN
    ..... Now, with a likely Paul presidential run mere months away, Democrats and Republicans are asking the same question and debating among themselves what will be the political silver bullet that finally brings him down.
  • Senate Democrats surrender fight against McConnell

    10/14/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Alex Bolton
    Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
  • McConnell Gets a Lot of Questions About Ted Cruz During Senate Presser

    11/06/2014 8:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 5, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Mitch McConnell, the expected new Majority Leader of the Senate, held a press conference on last night’s big wins today, and a remarkable number of questions he got were about one person in particular: Ted Cruz. Yes, Cruz not saying last night whether he would absolutely, 100 percent support McConnell for the Majority Leader position opened the floodgates today with reporters asking a lot about whether McConnell will be able to handle Cruz. The first question McConnell got wasn’t about Cruz in particular, but it referred to senators with presidential aspirations that McConnell may need to keep in check (this...
  • Ron Paul’s tweets tonight show why he’s a big liability for Rand Paul in 2016

    11/04/2014 9:54:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | November 4, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    It's been a pretty good election night for Republicans so far. That means that, naturally, former GOP member of Congress and general gadfly Ron Paul decided to rain on the parade: Ron Paul âś” @RonPaul Republican control of the Senate = expanded neocon wars in Syria and Iraq. Boots on the ground are coming! 7:34 PM - 4 Nov 2014 1,168 Retweets 524 favorites On a night when most of his former party is celebrating its moves toward taking the Senate, Paul is bemoaning the idea of a Republican takeover on grounds that it'll lead to more wars in the...
  • Mitch McConnell Explodes Across Finish Line

    11/04/2014 8:48:54 PM PST · by Slump Tester · 8 replies
    11/04/2014 | Self
    He will soon be back to his same old - same old:"
  • The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand Paul

    10/25/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManus
    Rand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message: I'm not an isolationist like my dad.. The senator's peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush's war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble. On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable...
  • New Poll Shows McConnell Up by 3 in Kentucky With Overwhelming Tea Party Support

    10/21/2014 10:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 21, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Western Kentucky University's 2014 Big Red Poll released on Monday shows that incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leads Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by 3 points, 45% to 42%, among likely voters in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race. The poll, coming two weeks before election day, indicates the race is still close, despite numerous recent gaffes by Grimes and news that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped funding television advertising in support of her candidacy. 5% of likely voters supported Libertarian David Patterson, and 8% were undecided. The most surprising result of the poll is that, despite a bitter...
  • Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

    10/20/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Corn
    Bilderbergers, the Iraq invasion, Alex Jones—the GOP senator has routinely flirted with America's paranoid fringe.This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" and was a "preternaturally confident speaker." Washington Post political prognosticator Chris Cillizza pronounced Paul the "most interesting voice in the GOP right now," and Politico gave him the No. 1 spot on its list of the 50 "most...
  • Rand Paul Visits Ferguson Ahead of Fresh Protests

    10/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 10, 2014 | Alex Rogers and Michael Scherer in Ferguson
    Paul is the first potential 2016 contender to visit the city.Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments. “I wanted to find out what we could do to make the situation better,” Paul...
  • How Ted Cruz Is Defining Himself as the Counter to Rand Paul

    09/27/2014 5:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 26, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    At the Values Voter Summit, the Texan highlights his strong beliefs on conservative issues.In an already crowded field of likely contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz has found his way to stand out against potential primary opponent Rand Paul: championing the most fundamental planks of the conservative base. In a passionate speech Friday morning to conservatives at the Values Voter Summit, Cruz left no room for doubt about where he stands on the social issues that—albeit amid party conflict—still define the GOP. "How do we win? We defend the values that are American values," he boomed. "We...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns after Iowa bribery scandal deepens

    08/29/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 29, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign. Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted." Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart." He maintained his innocence, faulting "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors." "This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the...
  • Ferguson response shows libertarian divide between Paul and Cruz

    08/17/2014 1:55:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | August 17, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz’s differing tone in response to the Ferguson riots could provide clues for the divergent trails they're forging to woo libertarian voters in 2016. Both the Kentucky and Texas Senate Republicans urged that civil liberties be protected in statements following unrest in Ferguson, Mo.. After an officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American teen, last weekend, riots have erupted and police have been criticized for using overly-aggressive force against protesters and reporters calling for answers. Strategists say Paul struck a more provocative tone against in his TIME op-ed, calling for the...
  • Al Sharpton: 'Rand Paul Is Right'

    08/15/2014 10:09:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 14, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"Rand Paul is right," Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday after the Kentucky Senator empathized with African-Americans who believe their rights were threatened by police officers. Paul published a TIME op-ed on Thursday discussing the issue of the "militarization" of the police force and what it meant in the showdown between police officers and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri reacting to the shooting death of Michael Brown. "Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them," Paul wrote, after criticizing the racial...
  • Rand Paul’s op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now

    08/14/2014 8:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 14, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Even as criticism of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other prominent politicians began to mount for their lack of comment on the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul penned a thought-provoking op-ed on the situation in Time magazine. "If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off," Paul writes. "But, I wouldn't have expected to be shot." He goes on to make the case for a demilitarization of the police in America within the framework of a broader criticism...
  • Rand Paul Can Run, But He Can’t Hide From Latino Voters in 2016

    08/09/2014 11:27:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | August 8, 2014 | Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola
    Last Sunday in Iowa, the two of us had the opportunity to meet Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. After we identified ourselves as “DREAMers”— undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children — what we intended to be a civil, serious discussion turned into a tense confrontation with King. That tense confrontation became a viral Internet sensation when Paul fled the scene in the middle of eating a hamburger. Here’s the whole story. Originally, we had travelled to Iowa to meet other DREAMers and Iowans from King’s district. King is one of the...
  • DREAMer confronts Steve King: Here, tear up my DACA card if you don’t want me here

    08/05/2014 2:41:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 5, 2014 | Allahpundit
    As many others have noted, the high point here is Rand Paul bailing out mid-bite as soon as he hears the word “DREAM.” He’ll get in your face on foreign policy and he’ll push bold, controversial ideas like restoring voting rights to felons, but put him on camera in the middle of a squabble between Steve “Cantaloupe Calves” King and a pair of illegals when he’s gearing up for 2016 and all that’s left is one of those little dust clouds like in a Roadrunner cartoon. If not for that, my favorite moment would be Erika Andiola reassuring King that...