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  • 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 Donald’s appearance on 60 Minutes the other night, he might be right. Kipp Jones of Breitbart reports. “Trump’s 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 NBC’s Sunday Night Football.” “…Scott Pelley’s 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 haven’t 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 hasn’t shut down, but other than a $10,000 contest, the PAC hasn’t...
  • 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 CNN’s “New Day” what he was thinking as Mr. Trump was going after him, Mr. Paul said, “I’m 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 Schlafly’s 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 week’s upcoming GOP debate and Donald Trump. “Someone has to bring him down,” he told reporters in the lounge of the St. Louis Marriott. “I’m 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 Obama’s 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 Paul’s 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 senator’s 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 - 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 risqué 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 wasn’t always this way. He was once a conservative champion, who came to Washington to change the ruling-class narrative. But now he’s 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, we’ve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and we’ve 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 Paul’s (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 Paul’s 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 wouldn’t 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 · 24 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. You’d think that the Kochs would at least insist that Paul come to the fete to do a dramatic reading of John Galt’s “Atlas Shrugged” speech for the billionaires in attendance, but he didn’t 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 Paul’s 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 father—and Dad appears to be firing back.Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Paul’s position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech that called him out—though 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 · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says he’s 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 isn’t 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 Paul’s 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 it’s a symbolism of slavery to them and now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it’s 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,...
  • Cruz roundup: News polls with mixed results, biting his tongue on Rand

    06/02/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz is polling better against Hillary Clinton, but not against the people he’d need to beat to face her. Cruz gained ground on the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday trailing her 52 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. The nine-point gap is a major improvement from the 24-point Cruz lost by in a mid-April poll. But Cruz only gained one point on his primary competition in a poll of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, inching from seven to eight points. Clinton’s polling in favorability, trustworthiness and empathy also tanked, so this...
  • Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's marriage of political convenience

    06/02/2015 6:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    The relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has always been more a marriage of political convenience than heartfelt bromance, and it is being tested now like never before.. The two Republican senators represent divergent flanks of the Republican Party, often pulling in different directions, most recently over what to do with the nation’s domestic telephone surveillance program. Paul is the libertarian-leaning firebrand who temporarily shut down the government's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is the establishment elder who believes surveillance is not infringing on privacy and should be preserved to catch terrorists. Paul...
  • In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying

    05/31/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul would notch a big victory in Washington just after midnight Monday if he follows through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs. But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease. Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was...
  • Cruz, in Rindge, laughs off Paul's criticism

    05/31/2015 10:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | May 30, 2015 | Meghan Pierce, Sunday News Correspondent
    RINDGE - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas laughed off Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's "capitulating Canadian" tag after a gathering at Franklin Pierce University Friday night.The new ad by the America Liberty PAC spins the U.S. Senate's upcoming session tonight for a vote on the USA Freedom Act as "the biggest brawl for liberty, of the century."The Kentucky senator is plugged as "The Defender of Freedom, Senator Rand Paul." The Texas senator is pegged as one of many "so-called-conservative accomplices" to President Barack Obama's assault on privacy rights as the "capitulating Canadian." "Well, I have say, I chuckled,...
  • Daily Kickoff: Cruz, Christie pitch Adelson | Rand’s money problem | Israel’s Burning Man

    05/29/2015 12:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish Insider ^ | May 29, 2015 | Staff
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Around fifteen hundred guests and supporters gathered last night on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis in NYC to celebrate the third annual 'Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala.' The gala, which benefits Shmuley Boteach's This World Values Network, was co-hosted by Sheldon Adelson and Michael Steinhardt. As the 2016 election cycle is underway, Sen. Ted Cruzand NJ Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to pitch their foreign policy visions to the influential crowd. Cruz presented a 'checklist' of items the next President should initiate in January 2017 related to Israel, Iran and the Middle East....
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • Bill Straub: McConnell finding out the hard way that Paul will put political interest first

    05/28/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Northern Kentucky ^ | May 28, 2015 | Bill Straub, Washington correspondent
    Apparently Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is unfamiliar with the old story about the frog and the scorpion, otherwise the man who fancies himself a sage at legislative maneuvering would have been better prepared for the political manipulations of his Kentucky GOP cohort and alleged good friend, Sen. Rand Paul. In the story, a scorpion asks a frog to ferry him across a river. The frog is understandably reluctant, fearing the arachnid might decide to sting him. The scorpion promises to refrain, noting that the sting would lead to the demise of both of them. So the frog consents. Sure...
  • Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Guessing the Political Goat of the G.O.P. Primary

    05/12/2015 12:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Vanity Fair | The June 2015 Issue | Michael Kinsley, contributing editor
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  • Sen. Rand Paul will meet with black lawmakers on justice reforms

    05/09/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 8, 2015 | Lauren French
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will host a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss criminal justice reform. The libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky has long been an outspoken advocate for changing how the American criminal system prosecutes and sentences. Now he’s teaming up with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other black lawmakers, to craft a strategy for advancing legislation as law enforcement issues have taken center stage following the death of several unarmed black men at the hands of police. “Not only is Senator Paul the [S]enate co-sponsor of the Justice Safety Valve Act, which...
  • GOP Will Lose in 2016 Absent Coherent Plan Favoring Immigration

    05/09/2015 3:32:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | May 9, 2015 | Lawrence Kudlow, Special to the Sun
    If the GOP doesn’t put together a sensible immigration policy it will lose the 2016 presidential election. When President Obama beat Mitt Romney in 2012, with the former Massachusetts governor attracting only 27% of the Hispanic vote with his self-deportation argument, Republicans across the map decided they must develop an immigration-reform policy with an outreach approach to minority groups. According to the Republican National Committee, the days of harsh language and punitive legislation must end. In its place, the GOP must reconstruct the Ronald Reagan/Jack Kemp “big tent” theory of politics, where there is plenty of room for all groups...
  • Brody File Analysis: Evangelical Food Fight: Mike Huckabee vs. Ted Cruz

    05/06/2015 12:19:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | May 6, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Mike Huckabee is not the evangelical candidate. Oh sure, he’ll get a hefty amount of the evangelical vote even though there is a much more competitive field this time around. But if you think he’s a one-trick pony then you miss the larger story. The easy media narrative will be that Huckabee must appeal to evangelicals to do well. And there’s no denying that will be a part of his potential winning equation. But what Huckabee has that no other candidate possesses is an, “aw shucks,” bless your heart, southern charm. That will play well in the heartland of this...
  • McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a ‘depressing new low’

    04/20/2015 4:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Devin Henry
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Monday described an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader equating those opposed to climate protections to slaveholders as a “depressing new low.” In an editorial last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote that McConnell and others opposed to stricter environmental rules “will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery.” “How could economic interests bind them to the immortality of their position?” the paper asked then. The editorial said McConnell should listen to public opinion and drop his opposition to President Obama's greenhouse gas reduction plans. “The...
  • Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican? (ACLU & Grover Norquist now advisors)

    09/08/2014 8:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole. At a time when new ideas have become increasingly scarce, and the policy bandwidth increasingly narrow in Washington, Mr. Paul, whether speaking about US intervention and foreign policy or more recently about militarization and the police, has been one of the few politicians with views outside of his party’s mainstream. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, this has made Mr. Paul one of the most...