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  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview I’ve heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obama’s new policy toward Cuba won’t help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cuba’s economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What “Isolationism” Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • US on Verge of Removing Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    04/10/2015 3:15:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States may be about to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, but some Cuban-Americans see that as a grave mistake. Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and author of a memoir about growing up during the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, pointed out that Cuba has had two illegal arms shipments seized in the past year and a half, one to North Korea, the other to China. In addition, he said: • It has deals with Iran (including sending nuclear experts to Iran); It...
  • Rand Paul: Ted Cruz is a natural-born Canadian

    01/11/2016 6:06:32 PM PST · by TBBT · 98 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/11/2016 | Allahpundit
    It's hard to see this as anything but pure spite towards Cruz, of which there's plenty in Paulworld, for surpassing him as the "conservatarian" choice in the primary. In theory, I guess, raising enough doubt about Cruz's eligibility could cause some libertarians and "constitutionalists" to run away from Cruz and back to Paul, but how much is that worth to Paul? Five percent, maybe? He goes from an also-ran in the low single-digits to an also-ran in the high single-digits while potentially tipping the race to in Iowa to Trump, the least libertarian candidate in the race. And meanwhile Paul...
  • Inevitable: Rand Paul supporting group labels Ted Cruz “the capitulating Canadian”

    05/29/2015 2:27:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We had a hit in the headlines section this week about how Rand Paul is “under attack” from the rest of the GOP field and it’s probably the best thing that could happen to him. Clearly one of the Super PACs supporting the Kentucky Senator is getting into the spirit of the battle… though perhaps a bit too much. As The Hill reports today, America’s Liberty PAC has released one of the very first attack ads of the cycle as we approach the deadline for the expiration of the PATRIOT Act, and one of their chief targets is Ted...
  • Rand Paul Casts His Lot With Glenn Beck Claims Tea Party Was "Rallying Against Donald" In 2010

    09/16/2015 1:27:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    SIMI VALLEY, California — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is aiming his guns at GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump ahead of the second presidential debate. While shooting a rifle, shotgun and pistol at Taran Tactical Innovations here, down the street from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Paul told reporters he’s gunning for Trump. Paul fired at targets including a big stack of paper file boxes labeled the “IRS Tax Code” and at a bulletproof vest.
  • Trump backs U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

    09/08/2015 9:19:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 162 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/08/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Breaking ranks with nearly all of his fellow 2016 Republican contenders, Donald Trump says he supports President Barack Obama's decision to reengage diplomatically with Cuba. "50 years is enough," Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller published Tuesday, referring to Obama's decision to re-establish U.S. ties with Cuba. "I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal," Trump added. "The concept of opening with Cuba is fine." Trump joins libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as the only Republican running for president to express his support for normalizing relations with Cuba....
  • Trump softens once-hard line on Cuba

    09/08/2015 1:30:20 PM PDT · by JediJones · 15 replies
    Politico Florida ^ | 9/8/15 | Marc Caputo
    Donald Trump’s longstanding hard line against Cuba has started to soften... Said Trump: “I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough — the concept of opening with Cuba is fine. I think we should have made a stronger deal.” That’s a far cry from the Cuba position Trump laid out in 1999... “He's been a killer, he's a criminal, and I don't think you should reward people who have done what he's done,” Trump said on Nov. 15, 1999... In August,...
  • Rand Paul: "Extraordinary" to have a president born outside the U.S.

    01/10/2016 10:04:20 PM PST · by Red Steel · 77 replies
    cbs ^ | January 10, 2016, 1:51 PM | Rebecca Kaplan
    Weighing on the controversy over whether Canadian-born Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is eligible to be president, his fellow senator Rand Paul said Sunday that it would be "extraordinary" to have a president born outside of the U.S. "He would be the first president not born in the United States. And so that alone would be extraordinary. And so people have to decide for their own minds whether it makes a difference where someone is born," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. ... Paul predicted Sunday that Democrats would challenge Cruz's eligibility and that it would ultimately have...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

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

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Paul’s cliché-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucus—and that’s for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give “Castro...
  • Rand Paul: Rubio’s Cuba remarks ‘rude'

    12/21/2014 3:36:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The war of words between two likely 2016 contenders over President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy heated up further on Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) repeatedly blasting remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as “rude.” “I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight,” Paul told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File on Friday.” “You know, I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate.” In an interview on the same show one night prior, Rubio said that Paul — who supports President Obama’s move to roll back trade and travel restrictions and...
  • Rand Paul breaks with other 2016 GOP contenders to back Obama's opening to Cuba

    12/19/2014 6:13:24 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 18, 2014 | Doug Mataconis
    Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky is breaking with many members of his own party and other potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 in offering at least some support for the president’s opening to Cuba, highlighting yet another area where he seems likely to offer a contrast but which is also likely to become an area of attack against him in a primary race: Sen. Rand Paul broke with other likely Republican presidential contenders on Thursday by saying that opening up more trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and declaring that the US embargo on the country “just...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Rand Paul's NYPD Shooting Blowback

    12/22/2014 11:23:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    De Blasio? Sharpton? Nope. The biggest blowback will be against the “reforming” Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.After New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in a retaliatory ambush on Saturday afternoon, the collateral damage was immediate. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio relationship with the police went from horrible to horrendous. Rev. Al Sharpton’s campaign to cleanse his race-baiting past grew more difficult, and Sen. Rand Paul—who had gone out of his way to break bread with Sharpton and to criticize police militarization—may now be facing an even more difficult task...
  • Ron Paul's New Book Sinks His Immigration Grade to an 'F'

    05/02/2011 4:53:50 PM PDT · by DangerZone · 16 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT | Roy Beck
    The biggest problem with Rep. Paul's (R-Texas) latest comments on immigration is that they are NOT just some ad hoc thoughts tossed off carelessly at some speaking event. These are engraved in a brand new book. Until the release of the book, Liberty Defined, Dr. Paul had a mixed record in Congress and the fact that he had taken the NumbersUSA "No Amnesty" pledge at the end of his Presidential campaign in 2008. That had earned him a C-minus on our 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Immigration Stances Report Card. Not impressive, but the third best (behind Rep. Bachman with a B-minus...
  • Rand Paul aide: Beastiality Comment was 'Sarcasm'

    06/29/2013 3:40:18 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 13 replies
    upi.com ^ | 6 28 2013
    Rand Paul shook off an awkward comment comparing same-sex marriage to beastiality and made a trip Friday to the early primary state South Carolina in the early stages of a potential presidential campaign. The Kentucky senator, reacting to a comment from Glenn Beck wondering if the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the bulk of the Defense of Marriage Act could lead to legalized polygamy, Paul extended Beck's logic. "This is a conundrum, and it gets back to what you were saying… whether or not churches should decide this,” Paul said. “And it is difficult, because if we have no...
  • Ron Paul: More Conservative Than Rick Santorum. ZOT

    01/13/2012 11:03:47 PM PST · by Republic_of_Secession. · 146 replies · 1+ views
    The Street [ website ] ^ | Jan 11, 2012. | Joe Deaux.
    Ron Paul Is More Conservative Than Rick Santorum. By Joe Deaux 01/11/12 - 04:02 PM EST NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- During a Republican presidential debate Saturday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had a spat about who was more conservative as each clawed for blocks of Republican voters needed to topple front-runner Mitt Romney. According to a study done back in 2004 though, Paul was the more conservative of the two by a fairly healthy margin. A list put together at voteview.com found that out of the 3,320 individuals (1 being the most liberal and 3,320...
  • Ron Paul Says Accused Traitor is a Patriot

    01/13/2012 3:32:14 AM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | December 21, 2011 | Cliff Kincaid
    As homosexual Army soldier Bradley Manning’s treason trial continues at Fort Meade, Maryland, the support he has received from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been curiously ignored by the major media, now touting Paul as someone who could win the January 3 Iowa Republican Caucuses. Paul has called Manning, a crossdresser with acknowledged mental problems, a “hero” and “patriot” for stealing government secrets and providing them to WikiLeaks.
  • Paul transfers $250k to RPK for caucus; McConnell still supporting plan

    08/18/2015 6:45:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/17/2015 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is seeking support from the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee in his bid to pursue an early presidential caucus in the commonwealth. Paul, R-Ky., transferred $250,000 to the RPK account to fund the caucus with plans to move an additional $200,000 “roughly mid fall after all the budgets and rules are finalized,” Paul told members of the RPK central committee in an email and letter sent Monday. The GOP presidential contender also has plans to host a conference call with central committee members this week in his endeavor to skirt a state statute that stipulates...
  • Despite telling Republicans otherwise, Rand Paul hasn't transferred money for proposed caucus

    08/18/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 18, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wrote in a letter last week to nearly 350 members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's central committee that he had transferred $250,000 to a state GOP account to cover the initial costs of holding a presidential caucus next year. But committee members told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday that Paul hasn't provided a dime. In his letter, which was mailed about a week before the committee is to vote on whether to move forward with the caucus that Paul has requested, Paul wrote that he had already "transferred $250,000 in an RPK account to begin the...
  • Ron Paul Blasts ‘Neocons’ in Fundraising Letter for Rand

    08/17/2015 2:49:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/17/15 | Alana Goodman
    Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) latest fundraising letter takes aim at “neocons,” “war fever,” and drone strikes against terrorists, a sign that he is working overtime to court his father’s isolationist base in the face of fading poll numbers.The fundraising appeal asked supporters to chip in at least $20.16 and was posted on the presidential candidate’s Facebook page on Monday. It was written by Rand Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas).“[Rand is] not afraid to lay the blame for making worse the chaos we see today with ISIS and Iraq squarely at the feet of the neocons,” promised...
  • Ron Paul Courts 9-11 Troofers on Alex Jones Show...Again (Paging Ministry of Silly Explanations)

    11/21/2007 9:31:52 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 192 replies · 711+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | November 21, 2007
    Apparently, America's greatest patriot was on Loonwaffle/Trooferville's favorite radio show today with the King Nutbar himself, although I'm not sure if anyone grabbed audio. If you want to listen to the rebroadcast stream, go here. I don't feel like it. Have fun.
  • Ron Paul: “Zionism Has Played A Role In Our Post-9/11 March Toward Empire”

    07/21/2015 4:30:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 21, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Apper
    “The U.S. Empire received a big boost from the 9/11 attack.” Former Rep. Ron Paul, the father of presidential candidate Rand Paul and past two-time candidate for the Republican nomination himself, writes in his new book that he believes “Zionism has played a role in our post-9/11 march toward empire.” Paul’s book, Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity, was released last Friday. “Zionism has played a role in our post-9/11 march toward empire, and its influence has encouraged extreme interference in the Middle East,” Paul writes in a chapter entitled “Making America...
  • Iran Agreement Boosts Peace, Defeats Neocons (Barf)

    07/20/2015 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ron Paul
    Last week's successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down. The president should be commended for both of these achievements. The agreement has reduced the chance of a U.S. attack on Iran, which is a great development. But the interventionists will not give up so easily. Already they...
  • Obama Taunts GOP on Iran Deal by Comparing Himself to Reagan

    07/15/2015 11:17:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | July 14, 2015 | Margaret Hartmann
    President Obama has two routes for getting the Iran nuclear deal approved by Congress. The more difficult path involves attempting to woo Republicans, though they've already vowed to kill the deal. Or Obama could just shore up support among Democrats so when he vetoes the GOP's "resolution of disapproval" Congress won't have the votes to override him. Supposedly the White House has not settled on which path it will pursue, but Obama's decision to invoke the name of the GOP's favorite human in explaining his rationale for the deal suggests he isn't all that concerned about angering them further.
  • 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 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...
  • Judge Napolitano: Prosecute ‘Hothead’ McKinney Pool Party Cop

    06/12/2015 1:22:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | June 11, 2015 | Adam Dick, The RonPaul Institute
    The resignation on Tuesday of McKinney, Texas policeman Eric Casebolt after the widespread viewing of a video showing Casebolt drawing his gun and brutalizing a teenager outside a pool party may not be enough to bring justice, suggests Judge Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano, in a Fox Business interview, argues that it would be proper to prosecute Casebolt. Reviewing the video footage, Napolitano explains to host Stuart Varney that Casebolt, who Napolitano calls a “hothead,” appears to have committed an illegal assault: Varney: The police officer could be guilty of a crime? Napolitano: Oh sure, it’s an assault for him to pull...
  • Jeb Bush and Others Learned Nothing from Iraq (Tha Author shows his ignorance)

    05/17/2015 7:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with lots of screaming, sobbing and clawing -- you probably feel pretty silly right now. On a more pertinent question -- whether the war was a wise idea -- the answer is not so clear. The former governor of Florida first said that,...
  • Exclusive–Rand Paul: Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy

    03/10/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT · by jpsb · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 9, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.
  • Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    03/11/2014 7:42:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 7:00 AM | Dianna Wray
    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually naming the guy who may be beloved by the Tea Party conservatives, but has earned some pretty impressive dislike from the elected members of his own party -- for his hijinks that Paul said have encouraged divisions within the party: "I don't claim to be the next...
  • 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...
  • Al Sharpton has breakfast with Rand Paul;

    11/20/2014 7:24:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 20, 2014 | Staff
    Reverend Al Sharpton âś” @TheRevAl I am in Senate Dining Room having breakfast meeting with Sen. Rand Paul. We don't agree on much but he is an interesting guy.
  • Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter

    02/26/2014 11:21:35 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 26 at 1:07 pm | ROBERT COSTA
    According to one of the tea party's leading voices, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who is being challenged by conservative Matt Bevin in Kentucky's Senate GOP primary, is not an "Arlen Specter" Republican."It's not like we're talking about Arlen Specter here," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Washington Post. "Senator McConnell has a longstanding conservative record and for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."Specter, the late Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP for the Democratic Party in 2009, was a villain-like figure to many on the...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

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

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

    02/18/2014 1:21:10 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    RedState ^ | February 17th, 2014 at 06:16 PM | Leon H. Wolf
    Rand Paul enjoys talking a big game about being a fundamental change agent in Washington. He likes to line up for publicity stunts like filing a lawsuit against the NSA which will almost certainly be dismissed (and send out handy list-building emails based on these publicity stunts), or staging an almost completely pointless filibuster on drones, but  when it comes to actual accomplishments that have changed the way things are done in Washington or even within the Senate GOP caucus, Paul’s cabinet is pretty empty. One area where Rand Paul might actually do some real good would be to help...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

    05/08/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Aaron Blanke
    Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year. These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two. And boy do they. Here is top McConnell aide Josh Holmes on Bevin in a new Lousiville Courier-Journal story: Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and...
  • Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    04/27/2015 7:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    <p>Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries.</p> <p>Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given how it’ll make Jeb Bush squirm?</p>
  • Dr. Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to 'Mental Disorders'

    02/02/2015 4:21:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/02/2015
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be "voluntary," telling CNBC that a parent's choice not to vaccinate a child is "an issue of freedom." In an interview with the network Monday, Paul said that vaccines are "a good thing" but that parents "should have some input" into whether or not their children must get them. And he gave credence to the idea - disputed by the majority of the scientific community - that vaccination can lead to mental disabilities. "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound...
  • Ron Paul on Iran letter signed by Rand: The Senators who signed it are “out to stop peace”

    04/13/2015 11:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    If Ron Paul weren’t Ron Paul, I’d assume this denunciation was just a stunt orchestrated by him and Rand to put some foreign-policy distance between them before the primaries. Are you a mainstream conservative worried that President Rand would be too much like Ron in office? Well, here you go. Let your conscience be eased. The nation’s most famous isolationist thinks his boy’s a bit of a warmonger. But c’mon. With the possible exception of his vote for the Afghanistan AUMF in 2001, has Ron Paul ever endorsed a position that he didn’t sincerely hold? Of course he thinks the...
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son, Rand Paul

    04/13/2015 7:56:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/13/2015 | By Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN - Well, this could make for an awkward conversation at Thanksgiving dinner. Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday dismissed as a "joke" the demand by U.S. senators of his party that they must approve a potential agreement over the Middle East country's nuclear capabilities. "I strongly disagree with the motivation of that statement made by so many members of Congress, especially in the Senate," Paul said at a conference on liberty at the University of Texas at Austin, presumably referring to an open letter senators sent to Iranian officials describing any deal not approved by them as...
  • Ron Paul makes trouble for Rand Paul over Iranian nuclear weapons

    04/12/2015 11:42:45 AM PDT · by Marcus · 11 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | April12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign for the presidency is not more than a few days old and already his mercurial father, former Rep. Ron Paul, himself a former presidential candidate, is starting to make trouble for his son. According to a Saturday story in the Houston Chronicle, the elder Paul called the famous letter that 47 Republican senators, including the younger Paul, sent to the Iranian mullahs “a joke.” The letter informed the Iranian leadership that any agreement that they reached with President Obama concerning Iran’s nuclear bomb program would not outlast the Obama presidency lacking congressional ratification.
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son - "..terrified that peace might break out."

    04/12/2015 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN ...Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday dismissed as a "joke" the demand by U.S. senators of his party that they must approve a potential agreement over the Middle East country's nuclear capabilities. "I strongly disagree with the motivation of that statement made by so many members of Congress, especially in the Senate," Paul said at a conference on liberty at the University of Texas at Austin, presumably referring to an open letter senators sent to Iranian officials describing any deal not approved by them as informal..... "They're out to stop peace," he said. "They're terrified that peace...
  • 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...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism - New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’

    08/22/2014 11:27:20 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 88 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 22, 2014 | Media Equalizer
    targeting Fox’s Tantaros Spumoni 1 Tough decision: ‘Day Of Rage!!!’ or spumoni? James Foley Did you view that horrible beheading video? US President Obama waves from a golf cart in Kailua Conservatives: too wimpy to hold Obama accountable? Ferguson - Fox 1 MSNBC’s ‘lynch mob mentality’ blasted Politics / Radio / Television Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’ By Brian Maloney August 22nd, 2014, 1:58 EDT Beck Glenn 3 That he was even willing to do an interview with a “progressive” publication like the Huffington Post was the first clue. But whatever his...
  • Glenn Beck Ripped Conservatives While Trying to Get CNN Deal

    08/25/2014 6:46:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 8/25/2014 | Tony Lee
    Glenn Beck was bashing Americans opposed to illegal immigration, decrying partisan politics, and positioning himself toward the center just as he was reportedly trying to strike a deal to get his programming on CNN.CNN's Brian Stelter reported that "the idea fizzled fast and talks aren't expected to resume." CNN and HLN are expected to lay off at least 550 more people in what is being called another "bloodbath," and Beck was reportedly trying to get on the HLN network, where he got his first break in cable television.Stelter, who is one of the best-sourced reporters in the television industry and...