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  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Former Libertarian Presidential Nominee Supporting Ted Cruz

    01/13/2016 3:34:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Resurgent ^ | January 12, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The other day, Steve Hayes had this piece up at the Weekly Standard. In it, he noted that Cruz was running a video positing himself as the heir to the Ron Paul Revolution. You'd never even know Rand was running. Rand Paul, after all, was the fusion candidate who was going to bring libertarians and conservatives together along for a ride against the left. It has not happened. Rand Paul's campaign has imploded. And now, if you scroll down in this article towards the end you will find this blurb: "Former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr...
  • Rand Paul: My Dad’s Supporters in Iowa Won’t Go for Ted Cruz

    01/08/2016 7:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | January 8, 2016 | Reid J. Epstein
    In Winterset, Iowa, Monday night, attendees at a Ted Cruz town hall sat through a 10-minute video of Ron Paul 2012 supporters talking about how they're now backing the Texas senator's presidential campaign. It's part of Mr. Cruz's effort, having consolidated support from the state's social conservatives, also to win over libertarian-minded supporters from Mr. Paul, who placed second in Iowa's presidential caucuses in 2008 and third in 2012. Ron Paul's son has something to say about that. "I don't think that Ron Paul supporters are very excited about making the sand glow in the Middle East," Kentucky Sen. Rand...
  • Rand Paul Goes After Ted Cruz: ‘I’ve Given 13-Hour Speeches Without Calling Anyone Names’

    01/03/2016 12:19:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 3, 2016 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn, weekend editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's personality could be a hinderance to his campaign, fellow GOP presidential contender Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday. During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Paul criticized Cruz's handling of disagreements with leadership -- referencing the time Cruz called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a liar from the Senate floor. Paul said that unlike Cruz, he is able to keep his arguments with leadership to a professional level. "I've given 10-hour speeches, 13-hour speeches without calling anybody names, but talking about the history of our country, the importance of the Bill of Rights, the importance...
  • It’s Time For Mike Huckabee To Get Out Of The Presidential Race

    12/29/2015 10:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | December 29, 2015 | Scott McKay
    Just like it's past time for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul to get out, and it's past time for Rick Santorum and George Pataki to get out. That's obvious, but it's made more obvious now that Huckabee is resorting to off-base and stupidly dishonest ads attempting to trash candidates who have taken his votes away. Here's a PAC ad Huckabee's camp is running in Iowa... (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The same consulting firm also put out similar attacks on Cruz in Iowa on his opposition to ethanol subsidies and accusing Cruz of being bankrolled by the oil industry....
  • Mitch McConnell Warns YOU Not To Vote For Donald Trump – Or Else…

    12/21/2015 9:37:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | December 20, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared he would not entertain nominating any non-traditional Mainstream Republican candidates in the 2016 election cycle and cautioned voters they are to follow his example. The message was clear from one of the most powerful Republicans in the nation – the entirety of the GOP Machine is ready and willing to go to war with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and any other Republican candidate who doesn’t conform to Mr. McConnell’s version of an “acceptable” Republican. “We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election...
  • Ron Paul: Election Process "Is Orchestrated By Mainstream Media," "Trump Is An Authoritarian"

    10/02/2015 9:21:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 2, 2015 | Tim Haines
    Former US congressman, founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and many-time presidential candidate Ron Paul discusses the 2016 presidential race on the Russian government's English-language propaganda station. RT HOST: I first asked Dr. Paul what he thinks it says that the three candidates from the private sector are doing the best, does that mean the economy is the foremost issue on the minds of most Americans? RON PAUL: Well probably yes, but if you look at the Democrat side, you have someone like Bernie Sanders, who has been in nothing else except politics. And he's doing...
  • The Tragedy of Rand Paul

    09/19/2015 7:26:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 18, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    You dont have to agree with all or even most of Senator Rand Pauls brand of libertarianism to concede that his candidacy once held so much promise. Paul entered the race buoyed by what seemed like a burgeoning libertarian moment. From the conduct of the global war on terrorism to massive comprehensive reform packages, American political culture had grown suspicious of the federal governments ability to avert the unforeseen negative consequences of its good intentions. For several weeks in the summer of 2014, Rand Paul led a field of nine prospective Republican presidential candidates in the polls. It was a...
  • Cruz in good position, local GOP head says (Iowa)

    11/12/2015 9:46:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Nonpareil ^ | November 11, 2015 | Tim Rohwer
    Donald Trump got the most first-place votes by local Republicans watching Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, but Ted Cruz may be the big winner in the long run. That’s according to Jeff Jorgensen, chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republicans. “Ted Cruz is becoming the people’s second choice more and more and as candidates drop out, he will gain their support,” Jorgensen said. About 30 people watched the latest GOP debate, which focused on economic issues, at the Rodeo Saloon. Afterwards, they voted on their top choice, their second choice, and their last choice. Nine of the voters selected Trump as their...
  • Rand Paul Mocks Carson's Pyramids Theory: I Think It Was Aliens!

    11/07/2015 1:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | November 5, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump on 2016 frontrunner Ben Carson's theory that the pyramids were created by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain. "I'm really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think," Paul joked, when asked about Carson's idea on 1110AM WBT, as reported by Buzzfeed. Carson has defended the idea that the pyramids were built for grain storage -- not as pharaohs' tombs, as modern archaeology holds -- since Buzzfeed recently unearthed a video of the neurosurgeon making...
  • Rand Paul to Donald Trump: Get out of the race

    10/28/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 28, 2015 | David Weigel
    BOULDER, Colo. -- Taking full advantage of a restive and swollen debate press corps, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held a brief roundtable with supporters at the University of Colorado, then indulged a media question about Donald Trump's sagging poll numbers. "I think maybe he should get out of the race," Paul said. The students, organized by the Ron Paul-founded Young Americans for Liberty, had no horse race questions. Rand Paul, accompanied by his wife, Kelley, sat between a dozen or so libertarians, a wall of cameras, and a few more students listening intently. (Not everyone in the dining yard was...
  • Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare Isn't Complicated

    10/24/2015 4:31:46 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 26 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday morning in our article Establishment Republicans Walking Away From Full Obamacare Repeal we told you about the Capitol Hill Republican leaderships plan to maintain key parts of Obamacare while it indulges in another show vote to claim it has repealed the hated health care takeover. Ted CruzYesterday afternoon principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz joined us in demanding that Republican congressional leaders keep their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch by passing a simple one sentence repeal through a process known as reconciliation. Senator Cruz tweeted, It's not complicated: We promised the voters full repeal of...
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz In Defense Of Mitch McConnell

    10/07/2015 12:04:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | September 30, 2015
    In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his political supporters, Senator Rand Paul stated publicly that fellow GOP Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Senator Paul’s words appeared to be part of his defense of current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, himself the subject of increasing pressure from unhappy conservatives to step down from that position due to McConnell’s ongoing unwillingness to more forcefully fight the Obama agenda. It should be noted that at present, the Paul presidential campaign is floundering at just 1% in most polls while Cruz continues to...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

    10/02/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for president will announce in the coming days that it raised approximately $2.5 million in the third quarter and has $2 million cash on hand, Communications Director Sergio Gor said Thursday. That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter -- half of that money coming in in September alone. Paul's third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Is Rand Paul on his way out?

    09/30/2015 5:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Richard A. Viguerie's ConservativeHQ ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    Donald Trump boasted several times that the amazing ratings both Fox News and CNN enjoyed while hosting the first two Republican presidential debates is primarily due to his presence in them, and after seeing the viewership numbers from The Donalds appearance on 60 Minutes the other night, he might be right. Kipp Jones of Breitbart reports. Trumps Sunday evening interview with 60 Minutes, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also interviewed by Charlie Rose, brought in big ratings for CBS, which finished Rand Paul only behind NBCs Sunday Night Football. Scott Pelleys sit-down with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump brought...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

    09/30/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate. The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination. To quality for the undercard debate, candidates must pull in at least 1 percent support in any of...
  • More Trouble Brewing for Rand Paul Super PACs?

    09/29/2015 10:24:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WJOL-AM ^ | September 29, 2015
    Just weeks after the leader of a Super PAC supporting Rand Paul was indicted, it was revealed that another Super PAC supporting the Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has been dormant since June. Politico first reported today that Purple PAC, a Super PAC founded by Ed Crane, has not been actively fundraising for Paul. We havent really been actively soliciting money until we feel the Purple PAC and Rand are on the same page, Purple PAC leader Ed Crane told ABC News. Crane said that the Super PAC hasnt shut down, but other than a $10,000 contest, the PAC hasnt...
  • Ted Cruz invades Rand Paul territory

    09/29/2015 9:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In the Senate, Ted Cruz stood with Rand Paul. On the campaign trail, he's stomping all over him. Cruz on Tuesday unveiled a coalition of libertarian supporters that is chock full of activists who backed Paul's father, Ron Paul, in the two previous Republican presidential primaries. Cruz very unsubtly moved to stamp out the competition for this voting bloc with a campaign video that features this group recalling their fondness for Ron Paul and discussing how Cruz embodies his libertarian ethos. Libertarian Republicans were supposed to form the bulwark of Rand Paul's 2016 campaign. "There are a lot of things...
  • Rand Paul on Donald Trump: How could anyone in GOP think this clown is fit to be president?

    09/28/2015 9:42:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 28, 2015 | Davis Sherfinski
    As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was insulting him at the GOP debate earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he was wondering how anyone in the Republican party could think such a clown would be fit to be president. Asked Monday on CNNs New Day what he was thinking as Mr. Trump was going after him, Mr. Paul said, Im thinking, how did we get the race for the most important office in the free world to sink to such depths, and how could anyone in my party think that this clown is fit to be president?(continued)
  • Candidates With Most to Gain and Lose in Debate Wednesday Night

    09/16/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 16, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Tonight's GOP debate, to be broadcast on CNN, will almost certainly enjoy the type of record ratings generated by the previous debate on the Fox News Channel. The 11 candidates on the main stage will again have a potent opportunity to change how they are perceived by the Republican electorate -- one of the main purposes of these media events. What follows are my nominations for challenges faced by specific candidates on a number of dimensions leading into the debate. Most to Gain in Terms of Name Identification The first debate worked significantly to the advantage of Ben Carson, Carly...
  • Rand Paul called out the racism of the drug war and told Jeb Bush to check his privilege

    09/16/2015 8:45:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Dara Lind
    When Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign, he promised to be a Republican who wouldn't just support criminal-justice reform as a policy platform (as some other presidential candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz, have) but talk openly about mass incarceration and the war on drugs as racial issues. He was supposed to be running to reach out to non-traditional Republican constituencies: young voters and African Americans. During most of the campaign, that Paul hasn't been much in evidence. Over the summer, when he has talked about race, he's sounded more like a typical Republican:...
  • Rand Paul Is Spoiling for a Fight with Trump

    09/14/2015 11:50:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 14, 2015 | John Fund
    I caught up with Rand Paul at Phyllis Schlaflys Eagle Forum convention in St. Louis over the weekend, and he was in a feisty mood. While he was there to introduce his 80-year-old mother before she accepted an award from Eagle Forum, he was primed to discuss this weeks upcoming GOP debate and Donald Trump. Someone has to bring him down, he told reporters in the lounge of the St. Louis Marriott. Im not going to sit quietly by and let the disaster that is Donald Trump become the nominee. Do you want someone who appears to still be in...
  • Trump-Cruz 2016? What if the two biggest anti-establishment candidates teamed up?

    09/11/2015 11:19:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    LifeZette ^ | September 10, 2015 | Jon Conradi
    It could have been the first general election rally of a Trump-Cruz 2016 ticket. In front of a crowd of more than a thousand on a blisteringly hot Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas fired up the crowd for Donald Trump, who brought them to frenzy status at a rally in opposition to President Barack Obamas proposed nuclear deal with Iran. It is certainly too far off to say it could happen, but not too far off to envision a similar scenario playing out a little less than a year from now on the larger stage...
  • Huckabee Aide Physically Blocked Cruz From Getting Into Kim Davis Money Shot

    09/08/2015 6:32:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | September 8, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    The first Republican primary is months away, but in the race to see which GOP candidate could make the most of the legal battle over a Kentucky clerk's refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emerged a winner Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of an aide to block 2016 rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from joining Huckabee at Davis' side. Both presidential candidates were present at the rally at the jail holding Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk. But according to a New York Times report of the day's events, a Huckabee aide physically stood in...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Rand Pauls sneak attack strategy

    08/27/2015 4:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 27, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    SPOKANE, Wa. Rand Paul was 2,487 miles away from the Beltway journalists who had written off his campaign, and he was loving it. A riverfront hotel ballroom had filled early, latecomers grabbing chairs from the hallway to add more rows. Seven hundred people stood for a prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance, then the Star-Spangled Banner, then for two amen-filled endorsements from local legislators, then a video message from the senators wife Kelley and then, finally, for Rand Paul. Looks like the liberty movement is alive and well and packing itself into the room! said Paul. He wore...
  • Rand Paul: 'Trump mania' shows country swooning for celebrity over substance

    08/24/2015 4:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2015 | Barbara Boland
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he stands by his outspoken criticism of fellow candidate and reality show star Donald Trump because he is worried about the country succumbing to an obsession with celebrity over substance. "My fear ... is that there are countries that do succumb to celebrity... often in the developing world, celebrities and very wealthy people will win," said Paul during a 22-minute pre-taped interview posted on the web site of NBC's "Meet the Press." "I worry about the country because I don't believe that there's any sincerity to what [Trump's] message is." "And even...
  • Rand Paul: Don't punish federal workers who used Ashley Madison

    08/26/2015 10:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that government workers who were outed by hackers as members of AshleyMadison.com - a website created to facilitate extramarital affairs - should not face punishment. Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck "Ashley Madison" is. "I keep seeing that headline, but I'm terrible - I don't know what it is," he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqu website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users. The senator asked, "So, she has done...
  • Rand Paul unlikely to be nominated, according to Rand Paul

    08/24/2015 12:40:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 23, 2015 | Newsmachete
    In order for a candidate to attract supporters, he needs at least one of two things: to show that he is winning, or to show that he has the potential to win. In the early stages, which we are now, a candidate can be viable and still be in single digits in the polls, as long as people think he has potential to move up. The minute he concedes that he's not going to win, he's lost. And that's just what Rand Paul has reportedly done. In March, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul put his odds of winning the Republican presidential...
  • Trent Lott sells out, thrashes Ted Cruz

    12/08/2014 7:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Trent Lott wasnt always this way. He was once a conservative champion, who came to Washington to change the ruling-class narrative. But now hes a profile in what Washington does to you if you stay too long unless you have Winston Churchill-like courage of conviction, and few mere mortals do. Mr. Lott was originally part of a group that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Vin Webber, who were dubbed the Young Turks. They were among the chief lieutenants of the Reagan Revolution back in the day. Best known for fighting the Fraternal Order of Establishment Republicans....
  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 7:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 4, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    First Democrats, now a former Senate GOP leader is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz for standing his ground instead of compromising on key issues. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader from Mississippi and now a lobbyist, dubbed Cruz one of the problems in the Senate and urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly co-opt new Republican senators before Cruz and others in the Far Right deputize them. There are problems, said Lott, pushing bipartisanship at a media roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Yes, weve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and weve got Elizabeth...
  • Rand Paul: 'How Do You Out-Trump the Irrational?'

    08/20/2015 4:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Chris Jansing and Shawna Thomas
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says it's only a matter of time until the country wakes up to Donald Trump's insincere message, but he's worried that some Americans are blinded by his "celebrity." In a series of interviews between performing pro-bono eye surgeries in Haiti with the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, the Kentucky senator was relaxed in scrubs, dismissive of Trump and critical of the media's role in Trump's rise. "How do you out-Trump the irrational?" he asked. It's a question he and the other Republican candidates are puzzling over. Paul said the reason "people...
  • Trump Torpedoes Paul, Dominates In Polls

    08/16/2015 3:03:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    HeffX ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Ebeling
    Donald Trump holding his own in a new Fox News poll, establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio all are losing traction. Senator Rand Pauls (R-KY) campaign has collapsed, allies indicted for fraud. Mr. Trump is continuing to dominate with 25% support nationally while Dr. Ben Carson, is running 2nd at 12%. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is 3rd at 10%. Those findings mirror recent polls in Iowa and elsewhere. Jeb Bush has place 9% for a 4th place finish, dropping from 15% and 2nd place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier this month, before the first GOP...
  • Ron Paul (finally) sends out a donor pitch for Rand

    08/15/2015 5:56:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    The headlines neatly tell the story. "Ron Pauls Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul." Rand Paul Has a Daddy Issue." "Like Father, Like Son? Not Exactly." Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has endeavored so much to distinguish his "libertarian-ish" views from his father's "voluntarist" politics that any snark from the paterfamilias generates a story. He'll joke that he's still looking at who to endorse; it will be reported like Saturn devouring his offspring. There will be no snark this weekend. As Rand Paul heads out of the country for a medical mission to Haiti, Ron Paul will make a print and e-mail...
  • Trump: Someone in GOP Should Run for Senator Against Rand Paul

    08/14/2015 6:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 14, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Donald Trump said that he did not want to waste a lot of time talking about his rival Rand Paul, but decided to respond to the latest criticisms sent his way from the candidate who took up the mantle left by Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham. Trump pointed out how Perry and Graham have seen low poll numbers after speaking against him, and said that Paul is heading in the same direction. From there, Trump attacked Paul for using the people of Kentucky by standing against him and running for president while he is still serving as one of the...
  • Rand Paul: Donald Trump Will Give Us Hillary

    08/09/2015 9:03:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | August 9, 2015 | Steph Bazzle
    Rand Paul has turned almost his full attention, it seems, to warning the populace that nominating Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Candidate would be disastrous for the party and guarantee a loss. (Notably, during the debate Thursday night, Trump said he wouldnt rule out an Independent run if he fails to get the nomination, and many say that this, too, would ensure a GOP loss, by dividing the party.) Paul has spent time over the past two days warning his followers that Trump cannot be president, and that a vote for him as the GOP candidate is tantamount to...
  • Rand Paul: Income Inequality Comes From 'Some People Working Harder' Than Others

    08/09/2015 6:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | August 9, 2015 | Dave Jamieson, Labor reporter
    "We all end up working for people who are more successful than us," the presidential hopeful said.Asked if his flat tax plan would further separate the haves from the have-nots, GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) said Sunday that income inequality is the result of some Americans working harder than others, rather than economic policies. "The thing is, income inequality is due to some people working harder and selling more things," Paul told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "If people voluntarily buy more of your stuff, you'll have more money." Paul has proposed what he calls a...
  • Rand Paul just held a conference call with reporters solely to bash Donald Trump

    08/10/2015 4:31:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is trying to intensify a fight with current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Paul's campaign on Monday announced a conference call with reporters specifically dedicated to Trump. During that call, Paul slammed the real-estate magnate for conducting a substance-less presidential campaign and making derogatory comments about women. "The truth telling is bluster, the truth-telling is non-sequitur, self-aggrandizement, but is there really anything substantive coming out of saying that people are fat, people are stupid?" Paul said of Trump. Calling Trump a "fake conservative," Paul listed off the issues where Trump has agreed with Democrats in the...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to reinvent GOP fell flat on his face

    08/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    It wasn't too long ago that Rand Paul was viewed as a serious threat to the GOP nomination. Not any longer.One of the big mysteries of the Koch brothers lavish gala this past weekend is the fact that Rand Paul was not in attendance. Youd think that the Kochs would at least insist that Paul come to the fete to do a dramatic reading of John Galts Atlas Shrugged speech for the billionaires in attendance, but he didnt show. Some reports suggest that he was invited, but declined. Perhaps his feelings are hurt that they also invited Scott Walker, Ted...
  • Worried About Rand Paul Falling in the Polls? Don't Be. (Libertarians beginning to fret?)

    08/04/2015 4:44:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Stephanie Slade, deputy managing editor
    Is Rand Paul's campaign in the midst of a collapse? Everyone from Nate Silver to Politico to the thinkers at Salon has suggested as much. It's fast becoming conventional wisdom that the Kentucky senator is dead in the water. That's absurd on many levels, as my colleague Brian Doherty outlined beautifully last week. After all, John McCain's campaign struggled mightily in the money game and underwent a pretty serious reorganization during the '08 primary cycle. It didn't stop him from snagging the Republican nomination. But what to make of the polling? There's no denying that Paul's standing has slipped. His...
  • Ron Pauls Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul

    07/31/2015 3:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi, former Anthony Weiner Intern
    In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his fatherand Dad appears to be firing back.Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Pauls position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech that called him outthough not by name. Right now one of the big issues, you know, in the news, probably on foreign policy, is whether or not the Obama administration should talk to the Iranians, the elder Paul told the crowd at the Young Americans for...
  • Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president

    07/16/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says hes backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for president. In a blog post on his independent media site, Ventura praised Sanders for challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. I think what Bernie Sanders is doing is extremely healthy, Ventura wrote. I love the idea of somebody throwing a fly in the ointment. This isnt the first time Ventura backed a presidential candidate looking to shake up the system. In 2008 and 2012, Ventura backed Republican Ron Paul for president. In 2004, Ventura backed Democrat John Kerry against Republican President George W. Bush....
  • What the Hell Happened to Rand Paul? (Between Rand & Cruz it turns out the base loves Cruz more)

    07/16/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | July 16, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Here is the guy who should be doing some cross-party fusion. He rallied a lot of Americans in bipartisan fashion on national security. He seemed to be playing his cards right. And . . . ? Bernie Sanders is kicking his butt in campaign fundraising. In fact, I dare say Sanders froze Pauls chance at fusion. All the little rich libertine millennials that Paul was counting on, instead got excited for Sanders. But I am still really surprised by this. Paul only raised $6.9 million. Ben Carson raised $10.6. And that is money raised by the candidate, not the Super...
  • Ron Paul Praises Iran Nuke Deal, Says Critics 'Misinterpreted' It

    07/14/2015 11:39:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 14, 2015 | Greg Richter
    The Iranian nuclear deal is a big step toward world peace, and Republicans would be praising it if one of their own had negotiated it, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul told Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line."Paul told host Ed Berliner that the deal echoed Ronald Reagan's deal with the Soviets in the 1980s. Paul's biggest problem with the deal was that the United States had to work under the confines of the United Nations and NATO. "There's something to be said about moving in the direction of at least talking to people instead of saying, 'All right, you're scoundrels, we'll...
  • Rand Paul: Confederate Flag Inescapably A Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery

    06/23/2015 8:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, news reporter
    I think to every African-American in the country its a symbolism of slavery to them and now its a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think its times to put it in a museum. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the Confederate battle flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery and needs to go. No, I agree, I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hated so vicious that you would kill somebody I...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Ted Cruz Going After the Libertarian-Hawk Vote

    06/10/2015 1:16:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | June 10, 2015 | Matt Welch
    Are there libertarian-leaning Republicans who think Rand Paul is too soft on ISIS?At National Review, Joel Gehrke reports that the Ted Cruz campaign "thinks it has identified a way to begin" to "pick off enough libertarian votes to hobble Rand Paul." How? By running to the right of Paul on national security: Perhaps surprisingly, Cruz's [analytics] team discovered that national security is a prominent and growing concern among libertarian voters. "There is a plurality of libertarians whose top issue is national security today," [Cruz campaign director of research and analytics Chris] Wilson says, pegging the figure in the mid-30s. "Now,...