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  • YouTube sensation CJ Pearson switches endorsement from Rand Paul to Ted Cruz

    07/27/2015 3:10:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 27, 2015 | Emily Leayman
    Young conservative CJ Pearson, who became famous for attacking President Obama on YouTube, tweeted his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for president Monday. This is a turnaround from the 12-year-old's April endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Cruz responded on Twitter saying, "Grateful for your support. Let's #MakeDCListen and break the #WashingtonCartel!" The switch came after Cruz took to the Senate floor on Friday to accuse Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying. According to Cruz, McConnell promised 54 Republican senators that "there was no deal" with senators trying to revive the Export-Import Bank. But Friday, McConnell began procedures...
  • Donald Trump Is Appealing to "Racist" Voters, Says Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson

    07/15/2015 12:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nick Gillespie & Meredith Bragg
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump “is appealing to a segment I’ll just label racist,” says Gary Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico and the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate. “It exists and it’s out there." "I don’t want to have anything to do with it,” says Johnson. “It embarrasses me. The electorate will paint the entire Republican Party with a broad brush as a result of Trump and it won’t be positive.” Johnson started the 2012 campaign as a Republican before switching to the LP and pulling 1.2 million votes and 1 percent of ballots cast in the general...
  • 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...
  • Delusion in the Desert (Don Trump and the Las Vegas Libertarian FreedomFest Convention)

    07/13/2015 12:43:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 12, 2015 | Robert Kuttner, Co-founder and co-editor, 'The American Prospect'
    LAS VEGAS -- I'm here at Planet Hollywood as the token liberal to participate in two debates -- one on what is killing the American Dream; the other a mock trial of the Federal Reserve. Paul Krugman is also here, debating the cause and cure of inequality. We're outnumbered about a thousand to one. The annual FreedomFest convention of some 2,000 libertarian conservatives is doubly surreal. What better setting for libertarian dreams than fantastical Las Vegas -- the free market as casino, made flesh. Like casino operators, these libertarians live on fantasies. They inhabit an imagined universe where markets never...
  • Social conservatives and libertarians will get married

    07/03/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Philip Klein
    The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is comprised of many factions that are often at odds with one another. Prominent examples are the battles between the grassroots and the national party establishment and between defense hawks and non-interventionists. Perhaps fiercer than any of these fights is the long-standing conflict between social conservatives and libertarians. But when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, they created an opening for a wedding between these two groups, which could benefit the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 election. To be clear, libertarians come in many stripes. There are those who reject the political...
  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    07/01/2015 1:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WAFF-TV / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt
    DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul's fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit - tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest - came as the marijuana industry approached its first presidential campaign as a legal enterprise....
  • The Case for Polygamy Begins; The Case for the Single Life Needed Too

    06/30/2015 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Ed Krayewski, associate editor
    It's past time the government stop treating the tax code as a tool for social engineering.It’s happening. Less than a week after the Supreme Court ruled that gays have the right to marry, the argument in favor of polygamy as the "next advance"(in the words of Fredrick DeBoer at Politico) in marriage equality is beginning to be deployed. He writes: Now that we've defined that love and devotion and family isn't driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people...
  • Glenn Beck: “Too Libertarian” for FOX

    06/27/2015 12:55:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Former FOX and CNN commentator and show host Glenn Beck appeared on the Howard Stern show last week. What follows is a partial transcript of those segments where he discussed “Third Party” voting as well as those portions where he explicated (his version of) libertarianism. Stern: It’s Glenn Beck who used to be on FOX news. . . Beck: It’s good to see you. . . . Beck: One of the reasons I’m here today is because we’ve got to stop. We have to find the people who may vote different, may be different, have different philosophies, but we’ve got...
  • After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa (Joni Ernst's father supporting Cruz)

    06/26/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    RED OAK, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speechesand, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign. “Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room. Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are often a high-stakes event for...
  • 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...
  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/18/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Emma Roller
    The senator from Kentucky continues to takes the road less traveled through the GOP primaries.Sen. Rand Paul took a risk Thursday. Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives in the wake of a racially charged shooting in South Carolina, Paul delicately suggested that Republicans might want to start focusing on other parts of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. "Everybody is for the Second Amendment. All 55 candidates running for president are for the Second Amendment—on our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • 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,...
  • Rand Paul’s Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act

    06/06/2015 10:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 6, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere “constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings.” Steve is right. Congress statutorily authorized the use of military force in Iraq. Nothing more was constitutionally required. The real reason for Representative Ron Paul’s formalistic nattering about a declaration of war was his opposition to American intervention in Iraq. That, in turn, was driven by his theory that it was American...
  • Listen to Rand Paul (Says the Muslim journalist/television host)

    06/05/2015 12:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2015 | Fareed Zakaria
    It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue: their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is “the worst possible candidate . . . on the most important issue.” Marco Rubio opines that “he has no idea what he’s talking about.” Lindsey Graham concludes that it would be “devastating” for the party to nominate him. Conservative commentators are even more vicious and ad hominem. The obsession with Paul is striking. In a Post op-ed last summer, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry mentioned Paul 10 times. I cannot recall an instance in recent decades when so much vitriol...
  • Rand Paul Is Following Ron Paul All the Way to a 2016 Loss

    06/04/2015 3:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    He’s turning out to be a lot like his father, unable or unwilling to adjust to changing political realities within his party.There are many reasons to be bullish about Rand Paul's unconventional campaign for president. He's relentlessly courting support from young voters and African Americans, making the explicit case that outreach can translate into wider support. He's embracing issues that Republicans usually don't dare touch, such as criminal-justice reform, drug decriminalization, and reining in government surveillance. And based on the early polls, he's finding himself in solid shape, running competitively against Hillary Clinton and in the top tier of Republican...
  • Would you invest in Rand Paul? …for now, donors keep their distance

    05/31/2015 11:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 31, 2015 | Amy Miller
    Rand Paul is in trouble. At least, it looks like Rand Paul is in trouble. When answering questions about fundraising posed by Politico last week, spokesmen from both the official campaign and America’s Liberty PAC couched on their actual numbers. PAC spokesman Jesse Benton may have revealed much more than he intended when he said, “Results to date have been solid and give us lots of room for optimism as we continue. We also know this is a marathon, not a sprint.” Oof. Marathon-not-sprint is never where you want to be when other candidates are charming the multimillionaires who make...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • 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...
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 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...
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted “President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!” outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it,” Paul said. “I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”
  • Ted Cruz, the only Republican arrogant enough to be president

    05/16/2015 10:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | May 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Ted Cruz is intellectually arrogant, like Ronald Reagan. The difference is that Reagan masked his arrogance with self-deprecating humor. Sen. Cruz does a Reagan impression that would do a nightclub comedian proud, but he doesn’t have Reagan’s easy and spontaneous humor. One doesn’t think of Reagan as arrogant, but he was in fact the most arrogant leader we have had since Lincoln. He ignored the whole of the foreign policy establishment in his conviction that America stood to win the Cold War and bring down Communism. Then as now, the foreign policy establishment resembled Jonathan Swift’s scientists on the floating...
  • Picking up the Republican pieces (Ironically, a "hit piece")

    05/15/2015 1:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Eddie Zipperer, professor and playwright
    Release dull, ultra-sanitized, uncontroversial autobiography that folks will own but never read. Check. Buy and memorize The Quotable Ronald Reagan. Check.Lose the beer gut. Camouflage the bald spot. Hire writers to concoct explanation for all that weed smoked in high school? Check. Check. Check.It is now safe to enter the Republican primary. But there is still one major problem left: the current state of the Republican party. Tea Partiers, evangelicals, establishment RINOs, Libertarians, neocon foreign policy hawks, and moderates. According to Dr. Stella Rouse, associate professor and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of...
  • A look at the GOP contenders

    05/15/2015 11:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wamara Mwine
    On April 17, New Hampshire hosted a Republican Leadership Summit, which drew GOP presidential hopefuls and over 500 Republican activists. The horse-and-buggy show highlighted and defined the 2016 Republican field. Covering all 19 prospective candidates was a stretch, but I will share my insights on a few here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: My Wisconsin skeet-shooter friend Margaret claims Walker is a "good man." Is that enough though to win the presidency? Billionaire election investor David Koch seems to think Walker will be the nominee. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) almost ruined the governor's reputation by saying, "I don't...
  • Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Top Caffeinated Thoughts Reader Straw Poll (Cruz leads in Iowa)

    05/11/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | May 11, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Caffeinated Thoughts completed a non-scientific poll of our readership from May 1-8, 2015. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leads overall being first choice for just shy of 37% of those polled. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leads among Iowan readers with almost 29% saying he is their first choice. Our overall results (1st Choice): 1. U.S. Senator Rand Paul – 36.8% 2. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – 19.6% 3. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum – 11.2% 4. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry – 8.0% 5. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – 5.2% 6. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio – 4.0% 7. Former...
  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    05/05/2015 1:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Meckler
    When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all. Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for...
  • Huckabee’s Candidacy Could Mean Showdown with Libertarians

    05/05/2015 10:03:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 4, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be entering a very different Republican primary field when he announces his candidacy Tuesday, one that will likely bring up the debate over where libertarians stand in the Republican party, while also facing more competition for social conservative voters than eight years ago. “Huckabee does have name recognition having been on Fox News all this time,” Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, told TheBlaze. “At the same time, after he won the caucuses here in 2008, there was a lot of concern that he wasn’t as conservative as some...
  • Election 2016: Conservative Review Dings Rubio, Paul In First Presidential Report Card (Not Cruz)

    05/03/2015 10:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ginger Gibson
    The Conservative Review hands out its first report card for 2016 Republicans Monday, and two candidates get schooled. According to the group, which was formed last year to score GOP lawmakers' adherence to conservative dogma, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky need improvement. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz earns top grades -- just as he used to at Princeton and Harvard Law. International Business Times got an early look at the ratings of the three Republicans who have officially launched presidential campaigns. The Review graded them on criteria including immigration, foreign policy and "moral issues" like abortion,...
  • Real conservatism

    05/03/2015 3:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Goldsmith
    Seasoned conservatives celebrated when Ted Cruz announced his bid for presidency. Mr. Cruz is the Tea Party's favorite candidate and he is despised by liberals. Ted Cruz refuses to set aside his belief in traditional values to appease "moderates" and "swing voters". Ted Cruz knows that we need to look to our freedom loving, Christian past to get this nation back on track. The sad thing is that Rand Paul also announced he will run. Mr. Paul is one of these "libertarians". Even the word itself, "libertarian" sounds too much like liberal. Rand Paul is liberal on social issues such...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • 10 Reasons Why Libertarians Should Support Ted Cruz

    04/27/2015 5:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | April 27, 2015 | R. Brownell
    10. He wants to rebuild the old Reagan Coalitions Cruz without argument is a constitutional conservative, unwilling to compromise with progressives if it means government grows even an inch bigger. His plan to win the presidency won’t involve shifting towards the mushy middle like previous GOP candidates, but instead reforming the old Reagan Coalition of Evangelicals, Conservatives, Reagan Democrats, and Libertarians to help him get to the White House. 9. He shut down the government and beat Rand Paul’s filibuster record During the fight to defund Obamacare, Cruz pushed his filibuster past the deadline for the government shutdown; while in...
  • The Anti-Rand Paul Primary (John Bolton, Peter King and Lindsey Graham)

    04/20/2015 6:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 20, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    Call it the anti-Rand primary. There are at least three Republicans who seem likely to run for president in part so they can attack Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian-leaning foreign policy stances on the campaign trail. These anti-Rand candidates — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and New York Rep. Peter King — are ramping up their criticism especially now that Paul has officially entered the race for the White House. All three are the longest of long shots when it comes to actually winning their party’s nomination. But each of them — national security hawks...
  • Can Ted Cruz Make Rand Paul Obsolete?

    04/20/2015 2:49:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Bloomberg Politics ^ | April 20, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-20/can-ted-cruz-make-rand-paul-obsolete-
  • Rand Paul’s Brother: “No Difference” Between Rand And My Dad On Ideology

    04/19/2015 2:40:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “The difference is purely in implementation. If you had a philosophical discussion on what the world should look like, there would be no difference.”(AUDIO-AT-LINK) Rand Paul’s brother says that when it comes to ideology, there’s “no difference” between his brother, the Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate, and his father, the former congressman and three-time presidential candidate. Ronnie Paul, the eldest son of the former congressman and sometimes-surrogate for his brother, was speaking with libertarian podcaster Israel Anderson. He said that both his brother and father held the same beliefs, there’s just a difference in the implementation of how to...
  • “I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz”

    04/12/2015 1:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    JoelKurtinitis.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa. We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of the reaction within our liberty-heavy political circles. My wife’s phone buzzed, and then I heard her groan. Another of our friends had asked her who we would be supporting for president in the state where...
  • Ted Cruz trumps Rand Paul

    04/10/2015 7:50:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Round one in the battle of anti-Establishment Republican presidential candidates goes to Sen. Ted Cruz. In competition for the Tea Party's vote in 2016, the Texas Republican has bested Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with a campaign rollout that GOP strategists say exceeded expectations and was almost flawlessly executed. Announcing for president two weeks later, Paul accomplished nearly the opposite, forcing a swift recalculation about which candidate is best positioned to win over the party's insurgent wing and vie for the nomination. "Cruz had a superb rollout. He hit all the right notes," Republican guru Ed Rollins told the Washington...
  • UPDATE | Rand Paul struggles to get campaign started smoothly

    04/09/2015 7:27:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made no mention of the unarmed black man killed by a white police officer during a campaign stop just miles from where the shooting happened. Paul often says that U.S. criminal justice isn't equally applied, a statement he repeated at his rally Thursday. But since launching his White House bid Tuesday, the Kentucky senator has sidestepped questions about the high-profile South Carolina case...
  • MSNBC’s Favorite Republican Can’t Win

    04/08/2015 9:23:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Yesterday was Rand Paul’s big day as the Kentucky senator announcement his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Like any baseball team on opening day, in theory his chances are as good as any other candidate, and given the expected crowded field competing for the nod, that’s still true. But though his Louisville announcement bash went smoothly, what followed hasn’t gone quite as well. Some of that is due to Paul’s personality turning media appearances sour. But just as important is the way the basic contradiction in his campaign strategy is undermining his chances almost from the start. Though Paul...
  • Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: Separated at Birth? Uh, No.

    04/08/2015 7:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | J.D. Tuccille, managing editor
    Two very different candidate test themselves with the Republican Party, and maybe the American people.Job one for Sen. Rand Paul in his new role as Republican presidential aspirant is to somehow distinguish himself from ideological doppelganger Sen. Ted Cruz and kneecap his rival for the GOP nod. Or so say some media outlets that may be driven as much by an appreciation for good political bloodsport as by a touch of political insularity. According to Bloomberg's David Knowles, "Both seen as conservatives just outside the mainstream of the party, Paul and Cruz will compete for support from the same voter...
  • Rand Paul: Playing to Everyone, Going Too Far Off on Foreign Policy, Lost the Ron Base?

    04/08/2015 2:03:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    In a relentless stream of Rand Paul-talk in the past 48 hours, three bits stood out for width of their perspective or freshness of their data. McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed reads the Paul campaign strategy as trying to be everything to everyone in his Party for maximal potential appeal. Some points from Coppins: On one side, there are those in Rand world who argue his best bet is to unite his core base of libertarian activists with elements of the GOP establishment and traditional donor class. In the other camp are advisers who say conservative evangelicals — many of whom...
  • Rand Paul's Campaign, Haunted by the Ghost of His Living Father

    04/07/2015 2:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    It is a genuinely interesting topic, if you are at all interested in Rand Paul, since his rise to political prominence was so dependent on his father Ron Paul, and his success since them at becoming a fully normalized and mediagenic hot property has to some degree been dependent on his not being his father. A bevy of sources on the eve of Rand's presidential campaign becoming officially official wonder: how is he going to deal with dear old dad? First, the New York Times, which quotes me explaining why things like dual personal appearances are probably not going to...
  • Rupert Murdoch's Rand Paul infatuation

    04/07/2015 1:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 7, 2015 | Tom Kludt
    Rand Paul might have trouble courting some Republican voters who are wary of his foreign policy vision and unorthodox views on certain issues. But it doesn't appear that the junior Kentucky senator, who announced his presidential bid on Tuesday, will have to do much to win over Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. It's become something of a quadrennial tradition for Murdoch, the billionaire mogul whose observations on GOP politics are watched very closely within the party, to weigh in on the race for the White House. Two parts of his vast media empire --...
  • Nets Skip ‘Conservative’ Tag for Rand Paul; Labeled Cruz 13 Times

    04/07/2015 12:21:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 7, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Tuesday, April 7 Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the second Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, following Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement on March 23. However, on the morning of their respective presidential announcements, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks went out of their way to label Cruz a “conservative” 13 times, compared to zero conservative labels for Senator Paul this morning.The discrepancy in the “conservative” ID comes despite the two senators’ having nearly identical ratings from the American Conservative Union. Cruz has a lifetime rating of 100% whereas Paul’s ACU rating is 98.67%. Although the...
  • Rand Paul's First Challenge: Defeat Ted Cruz

    04/07/2015 3:01:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 7, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-07/rand-paul-s-first-challenge-defeat-ted-cruz
  • Cruz vs. Rand Paul in Presidential Vids: Do you want "Blessing" or "different kind of Republican?"

    04/06/2015 5:18:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor in chief
    Here's "Blessing," Sen. Ted Cruz's first campaign video as an official candidate for the GOP presidential nomination:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)And here's Sen. Rand Paul's first entry into the same category. Paul will announce his run for the White House tomorrow:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The differences go far beyond the formats imposed by a 30-second TV spot and a longer online video—and they're indicative, I assume, of different emphases by the candidate. Where Cruz, who announced his bid at Liberty University, the world's largest religious college, is clearly driving hard toward evangelicals, Paul is stressing a larger, more-inclusive vision of the GOP. He talks about being "a different...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • New Hampshire Conservatives Plot to Unite Against Jeb Bush (“603 Alliance”)

    04/01/2015 8:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    A group of conservatives and libertarians in New Hampshire have come up with a plan they hope will block former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) from becoming the Republican party’s nominee for President. The idea is to hold their own presidential caucus in October and select a candidate behind whom they would all unite. The group is called the “603 Alliance,” named after the only area code in New Hampshire. According to a report by Politico, the plan was instigated by “years of simmering discontent within the state Republican party,” as conservative, libertarian, and Tea Party activists have grown increasingly frustrated...
  • Sam Youngman: A critical look at Rand Paul and 'winnability'

    03/30/2015 6:55:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    Rand Paul likes to say that the Republican Party should follow the advice of painter Robert Henri, who said people should "paint like a man coming over a hill singing." But Paul, one week away from an announcement that he is running for president, often seems like a man running down a hill so fast that his feet can't keep up with his momentum. As he prepares to take a formal step onto the biggest stage in politics, Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator has previewed his campaign message as one of "winnability." "Ted Cruz is a conservative — but it also...
  • Cruzing into the 2016 Elections: What Has the Establishment So Afraid?

    03/28/2015 2:59:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Santa Clarita Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Patrick Lewis
    Just in case you were hidden under a rock yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially threw his hat into a run for presidency in the 2016 election. He announced his run initially on Twitter (a nod to the younger generations) and followed it up with a speech at, of course, Liberty University. So, what is it that has the establishments on both sides of the aisle so worked up about Cruz running for President? Firstly, unlike the Jeb Bushes, Chris Christies and Hillary Clintons of the world who are expected to run (and you know how I feel about Hillary),...