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  • Look to the governors in 2016 (Not the Senators)

    08/18/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, CNN asked me to write an op-ed on Ted Cruz, and whether he’s a realistic contender for the presidency. My reaction: Of course he is — but probably not in 2016. And for that matter, neither are the Republicans who seem to get the most mention for that position: No one doubts that Cruz has a bright future in the Republican Party, but that doesn’t mean the future is now.Cruz, like Rubio and Rand Paul, have only barely arrived on the national stage and are many years younger than their sell-by date. None of the three has...
  • Rand Paul Scores an Early Victory in the GOP Primary Battle

    06/02/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Jeb Bush will enter 2016 with plenty of advantages, but the first-in-the-West nominating contest likely wont be one of them. Nevada lawmakers this week opted against changing the states presidential caucus to a primary, a decision that runs counter to the wishes of Bush, Marco Rubio, and other GOP establishment-types who had hoped a switch would give them a better chance at posting a momentum-building victory there. Caucuses require a good deal more effort and patience from voters than primaries, and as a result the contests tend to favor candidates that have built a network of highly motivated activists. That...
  • Where Does Ted Cruz Stand?

    01/05/2016 2:21:40 PM PST · by conservative98 · 48 replies
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  • Ron Paul, Donald Trump, and Libertarianism: Fantasies vs. Reality

    01/04/2016 6:53:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 4, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    While appearing on Alan Colmes' radio show some months ago, former presidential candidate Ron Paul expressed his belief that Trump is "almost the opposite of a libertarian" candidate. Trump, according to Paul, never expresses his desire to "give you your freedom and your liberty to run your life as you choose." Rather, he in effect assures us: "I know the answers and I'm going to do this and I've done this, I've done this, this and this."Surely, Paul is on to something. That being said, the following considerations should be borne in mind. First, that Paul rejects Trump for not being a...
  • Rand Paul flops as father’s successor, loses libertarian voters to Donald Trump

    12/23/2015 8:05:40 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/22/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Diana Orrick was a loyal foot solider in the Ron Paul revolution in Nevada four years ago, fighting to put the libertarian icon's imprint on the 2012 presidential race, and she had every hope his son, Sen. Rand Paul, would be the natural successor. But her dream has been dashed, she said, with the younger Mr. Paul struggling to organize, raise money and find a message to reach voters the way his father did. "Rand is not his father," Ms. Orrick, one of Nevada's two elected Republican National Committee members, said. "I mean the apple hasn't fallen too far from...
  • Rand Paul unleashes on the White House after it dubbed Trump 'disqualified'

    12/11/2015 12:07:16 AM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 57 replies ^ | 12/9/15 12:01 PM | By GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul unleashed on the White House Wednesday after press secretary Josh Earnest suggested Republican front-runner Donald Trump disqualified himself from the 2016 horse race for suggesting the U.S. should temporarily block Muslims from entry.CLIP Today I would like to put a mirror in front of the Obama White House and show them the top ten things that make HIM unqualified: Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 9, 2015 Here are the 10 reasons the Kentucky senator and White House hopeful cited: 1. "Tried to take over 1/6 of the economy in Obamacare, wrecked the system and hurt patients...
  • Pat Buchanan Warns GOP: Support Trump or Hillary Wins

    12/10/2015 2:09:29 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 113 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 10,2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    Veteran conservative voice Patrick Buchanan issued a stern warning to the Republican Party on Thursday: Throw your weight behind GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump now — or prepare to lose next year’s election to Hillary Clinton. Buchanan, an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, told Newsmax TV the freak-out over Trump's proposal to temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the U.S. is misguided and will make the billionaire developer turn independent as his supporters flee the GOP. And it will open the door to Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential frontrunner, to waltz...
  • Cruz, Paul: Shut Down Immigration from Islamic State Nations (Before Trump said it)

    12/07/2015 9:21:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 7, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Presidential candidates Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are demanding a halt to immigration from Muslim nations with jihadist movements. Their fellow contender, Sen. Marco Rubio, did not call for curbs to Muslim immigration in his live response to the President address on Fox News – a response promoted by Rubio’s campaign. Cruz tweeted that if elected president, “I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country.” Cruz elaborated in a statement: The President should place an immediate moratorium on refugees from countries with a significant al Qaeda or ISIS...
  • Rand Paul’s Biggest Problem: Ted Cruz

    12/05/2015 5:52:52 PM PST · by VinL · 16 replies
    NatRev ^ | 12/5/15 | Tim Alberta
    If Rand Paul hoped to resurrect and reinvigorate his White House campaign, he couldn't have picked a better place. In a Saturday afternoon forum here sponsored by FreedomWorks, the libertarian organization that helped fuel support for his father’s presidential runs, Paul was in his element. Wearing jeans and no jacket, the senator roamed the stage and spoke with an ease and effectiveness often missing from his campaign, reveling in an audience of true believers that interrupted him by hoisting his campaign signs and chanting "President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!" It was a reminder of the libertarian movement's influence here...
  • Rand Paul Mocks Carson's Pyramids Theory: I Think It Was Aliens!

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

    06/29/2013 3:40:18 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 13 replies ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • CNN: Rand Pauls presidential campaign is officially on death watch

    10/05/2015 8:47:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Robert Laurie
    ...And they're probably right Were going to ignore the unseemly, obviously biased, glee with which they deliver this news. Were also going to gloss over the fact that, if the phrase death watch had been applied to Hillary, liberals would spin it into wishful thinking on the part of evil conservatives who want her to literally die. Since were not progressives, well just look at the facts and say this: When CNN claims that Rand Pauls campaign is officially on death watch, theyre probably right. Barring a miraculous turnaround, Rand Pauls campaign is nearing the end of the road. From...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Is Rand Paul on his way out?

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

    09/29/2015 10:42:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)The rift between Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, political allies turned rivals, widened on Tuesday when Paul decried his Senate colleague's hardline tactics. Paul criticized Cruz for breaching Senate decorum, saying the Texan could not accomplish any of his legislative priorities because of how much his GOP colleagues despise him. "Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he can't get anything done legislatively," Paul said in an interview...
  • Death watch for Rand Paul campaign

    09/27/2015 11:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 26, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    LEXINGTON,Ky. Rand Paul was right. In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentuckys junior U.S. Senator, as the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader its still too early probably to talk about things like that. That sounds unlucky to me, he said. Less than two years later, Pauls luck, it seems, is running out. Campaigning on Friday in New Hampshire, Paul continues to charge ahead with his struggling presidential campaign, but speculation is growing that he might be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the race. Former Texas Gov....
  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Smith
    He cited an online post he had seen from a 17-year-old gay Catholic. "The church has a lot to say about what I'm not supposed to do," the youth wrote. "But ... I couldn't find any church document (about) what a gay person is supposed to do with his life. I feel abandoned by the church." He said the church teaches much about the beauty of marriage, but then tells its gay members they "can't have this wonderful thing."
  • Durbin's Response to my Letter (His Defense of Gitmo Comments)

    07/05/2005 12:15:48 PM PDT · by minc3d · 27 replies · 5,440+ views
    Offices of Dick Durbin | July 5, 2005 | Dick Durbin (Sen, D-ILL)
    July 5, 2005 Dear Mr. Derrick W: Thank you for your recent message. On June 14, I spoke on the Senate floor about my heartfelt concern regarding the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo and in other places. I noted that many others, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, have raised legitimate concerns about whether the policies of this Administration are truly making us safer and whether some of those policies might tarnish America's image around the world and jeopardize our soldiers. During that speech, I read an account from an FBI agent describing the mistreatment of prisoners...
  • The Return of Term Limits

    09/21/2015 3:53:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | September 20, 2015
    A Gallup poll released last Friday found that a full 75 percent of Americans believe that corruption in government is widespread. Thats up by nine percentage points since 2009, when only 66 percent felt that way. So its no surprise that a populist revolt is in full swing. Bernie Sanders, a socialist who rails against government ties with Wall Street, is leading front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Three Republicans who have never held office Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson are way ahead of veteran GOP governors and senators in the race for the...
  • Rand Paul wins presidential straw poll at Michigan Republican gathering on Mackinac Island

    09/20/2015 4:54:06 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 39 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    MACKINAC ISLAND, MI Rand Paul won the presidential preference straw poll this weekend at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a biennial gather of more than 2,000 Michigan Republicans. With 785 attendees voting, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky received 22 percent of the vote in the MIRS/Detroit News straw poll. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina finished second at 15 percent. Each of the top five vote-getters spoke at the island event, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (13.7 percent), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (13 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (9.7 percent). John Yob, national political director and Michigan...
  • Paul: America Doesnt Want Pitiful, Buffoon Trump Who Calls Woman Ugly

    09/17/2015 12:22:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Channels Americas Newsroom, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% said, America is about done with his opponent GOP front-runner Donald Trump because he is a buffoon who insults women and calls them ugly, and that has become pitiful. Paul said, I think America is about done with him. I think we are ready to move on. I sensed that in the debate. There was up a silliness and lack of seriousness on his part that I think America will be done with him. The debate I think will reshuffle the pack. And I think...
  • 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 ^ | 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 hes 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.
  • Rand Paul: Will Be Even Harder on Trump in Second Debate!

    09/15/2015 8:40:13 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 78 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09-15-2015 | Greg Richter
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's poll numbers went down after he attacked presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in the first GOP debate, but Paul says he'll hit Trump even harder at Wednesday's second debate.
  • Trump: 'Lightweight' Rand Paul doesn't belong in debate

    09/12/2015 6:18:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump poked at rival Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Twitter on Saturday, calling him a lightweight who shouldnt be allowed in Wednesdays CNN presidential debate. Trump needled Paul in a series of tweets: (see below) Trumps shots came hours after Paul joked about the GOP frontrunner in an interview with Politico. I think I was a little too easy on Donald Trump last time, Paul said in the interview, referencing a heated exchange the two had in an August Fox News presidential debate. Thats given in jest," he added. Later in the interview, Paul unfavorably compared...
  • Rand Pauls sneak attack strategy

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

    08/29/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by z taxman · 24 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug. 29, 2015 | Brian Maffly
    Orem Rand Paul brought his message of limited government and strict observance of the U.S. Constitution to Utah Saturday. A crowd of several hundred applauded his call to stand up for all 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights not just the one protecting gun rights. "You can't support the Second Amendment unless you protect the Fourth," the GOP presidential candidate said, referring to the constitutional prohibition against unlawful search and seizure. That applause line was the Kentucky senator's segue into his intense opposition to blanket data-gathering on U.S. citizens a key pillar of his long-shot campaign....
  • Rand Paul rallies Utahns, calls Donald Trump mania 'insane'

    08/29/2015 10:02:37 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 64 replies ^ | Aug 29th, 2015 @ 5:45pm | Dennis Romboy
    OREM Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul had one word for the Donald Trump phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the country: "Insane." Asked if he thought Trump would eventually flame out, the freshman Kentucky senator said, "We can only hope so." Paul's comments came Saturday after a raucous rally at Alder Home Security that attracted about 600 Utahns who waved red and white towels and clamored for "President Paul." He only disappointed supporters when he declined to crowd surf after his speech saying, "Maybe next time." In Utah on the last day of a five-state western campaign swing, Paul...

    08/26/2015 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 26,2015 | ALEX SWOYER
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing quite well according to two national polls conducted after the first GOP presidential primary debate. One poll has Huckabee in second place behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and another poll has Huckabee listed with the highest favorability rating among 15 GOP presidential candidates; however, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson takes the highest net favorability rating when comparing the results in totality. A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted August 21-25 has Huckabee in second behind Trump the only two candidates with double digits in that poll: Donald Trump 30.1 percent Mike Huckabee ...

    08/26/2015 10:19:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 342 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Heres how each candidate rated: oann_trump_forty While Carsons lead more than doubled, hes still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Not that Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained. Heres the info on the poll: Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%....
  • Trent Lott sells out, thrashes Ted Cruz

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

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

    08/22/2015 7:24:20 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/21/2015 | Nick Storm
    SOMERSET U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stumped for Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin on Friday, but Bevin refused to endorse Pauls presidential bid when asked by reporters after the event. Paul offered a Peyton Manning-style, two-minute-drill pitch to supporters asking them to back Bevin in the election against Democratic nominee Jack Conway and independent candidate Drew Curtis. You know what I think people are really hungry for in Kentucky? A Republican governor, Paul told the crowd. I think that its time that we get not only Republican, but a conservative Republican who has a vision for Kentucky, who knows...
  • 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...
  • In conference call, Rand Paul seeks Kentucky GOP support on presidential caucus

    08/20/2015 7:54:42 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 20, 2015 | SAM YOUNGMAN
    In March, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul put his odds of winning the Republican presidential nomination at "one in five, one in six." But on a Thursday night conference call with Republicans who will vote this Saturday on whether to have a presidential caucus next year, Paul adjusted those odds to "one in 10." Paul, who told callers he was under the weather, called in with nearly 350 members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's state central committee in an effort to persuade them to go ahead with a proposal that would allow him an end-around a state law that prohibits...
  • 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 Kentuckys 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 Pauls (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 fathers 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 candidates Facebook page on Monday. It was written by Rand Pauls 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...
  • Trump Torpedoes Paul, Dominates In Polls

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

    08/16/2015 6:24:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 16, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Debating Chris Christie is a formidable task because he's quick-witted, sharp-tongued and slightly intimidating. Those qualities helped him get the best of Rand Paul in the first Republican presidential debate. But Christie's best weapon is one that may catch up with him: He never lets the truth get in his way. Earlier this year, Paul led a successful effort to end the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records. During the debate, Christie was asked whether he stands by his assertion that Paul should be blamed if the United States suffers another terrorist attack. He does, of course:...
  • Ron Paul (finally) sends out a donor pitch for Rand

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

    08/15/2015 9:55:22 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 62 replies ^ | Brett LoGiurato
    Last fall, TIME magazine declared Paul the "most interesting man in politics" and stamped him on its cover. Paul launched his campaign earlier this year pledging that he was a "different kind of Republican." Four months later, though it's still early in a crowded, fluid race, it's clear that many Republicans want different but not him. His campaign is struggling to keep up with his rivals in fundraising. Two of his political allies running an outside super PAC supporting his candidacy were recently indicted on campaign-finance fraud charges. Significant plunges in polling are starting to correspond. And Trump has...
  • Carly Fiorina Attacks Cruz: 'No Honor' In Fight To Defund Obamacare

    08/09/2015 2:44:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 164 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/3/13 | Tony Lee
    Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO Northern California Republican who ran as a conservative to get the Republican Senate nomination in 2010, attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Wednesday, saying there was no honor in his fight to defund Obamacare. Fiorina made her remarks just days after she joined the American Conservative Union, an establishment organization on the right that supports comprehensive immigration reform. In an appearance on CNNs The Lead, Fiorina blamed the government shutdown on Cruz and implied that Republicans would have been better off waiving the white flag from the beginning on eliminating Obamacare. -snip- Fiorina said she...
  • Trump calls Walsh a clown, tells Boston to get a real mayor; Trump spoke at NH rally Friday night

    08/14/2015 8:34:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    wcvb ^ | 11:15 PM EDT Aug 14, 2015
    HAMPTON, N.H. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called Boston Mayor Marty Walsh a clown after he was called out to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday. Related "He's a clown, Marty Walsh," Trump said at a rally in New Hampshire Friday night. "This guy Marty Walsh. He spends all this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid, and then he goes out and he's talking about ice bucket challenges. Get a real mayor." Trump did take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, though. He also took a jab at Gov. Charlie Baker. "Gov. Baker should...
  • 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...
  • Trump triumphs in new Missouri poll; H. Clinton cruises past Bernie Sanders(Trump 23%,Jeb&Ben 11%)

    08/13/2015 3:49:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Donald Trump reigns in Missouri, at least right now. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows him leading the Republican field in the state with 23 percent to 11 percent each for Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Mike Huckabee got 10 percent to 9 percent for Ted Cruz, 8 percent for Scott Walker, 7 percent for Carly Fiorina, 6 percent for Marco Rubio and 4 percent each for John Kasich and Rand Paul. Other candidates are at 1 percent or less: Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and George Pataki. Jim Gilmore and Lindsey Graham have no...
  • Rand Paul highlights Donald Trump's past with digital ad in early primary states

    08/12/2015 8:22:05 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 56 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/12/2015 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is ramping up his war of words with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump with a new web ad set to hit two key early primary states. Committing to his change in strategy against Trump, Paul is launching the first digital ad of his campaign against Trump and his support of Democrats including Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The ad from Paul, titled Telling it like it is, first appeared on CNN on Wednesday. In the two-minute long video, Pauls team opens the piece with positive statements from Trump on Democrats and Democratic policies ...
  • Cuba dissidents won't attend US Embassy event

    08/12/2015 11:23:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 6 replies
    My Way ^ | August 12, 2019 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    The Obama administration doesn't plan to invite Cuban dissidents to Secretary of State John Kerry's historic flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday, vividly illustrating how U.S. policy is shifting focus from the island's opposition to its single-party government. Instead, Kerry intends to meet more quietly with prominent activists later in the day, officials said. The Cuban opposition has occupied the center of U.S. policy toward the island since the nations cut diplomatic relations in 1961. The Cuban government labels its domestic opponents as traitorous U.S. mercenaries. As the two countries have moved to restore relations, Cuba has...
  • Club for Growth PAC Blesses Five GOP Candidates [Including Jeb Bush]

    08/11/2015 10:12:19 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2015 | Patrick O'Connor
    The five candidates for which the Club will officially bundle campaign contributions are: Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading contender for the nomination who has struggled to gain traction with some conservatives.
  • 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: Donald Trump Will Give Us Hillary

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