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Rand Paul Is the Republican to Watch in 2013
National Journal ^ | Josh Kraushaar

Posted on 02/15/2013 8:28:58 AM PST by JohnPDuncan

One of the most intriguing sideplots from Senate Republicans’ successful filibuster blocking Chuck Hagel from becoming Defense Secretary was that one of the GOP ringleaders was recently tagged by critics as someone who shared his more-isolationist worldview.

But freshman Kentucky senator Rand Paul, who openly talks about his presidential ambitions for 2016, is playing the long game – and his politically savvy positioning suggests he’ll be a major national player. Unlike his father, he’s not interested in pursuing ideologically charged issues just for the sake of making a point, he’s learning how to make an impact in Washington.

One senior Republican leadership aide gushed with admiration over the freshman senator, emphasizing that he’s been able to tailor his libertarian ideology toward legislation that holds broader appeal. The adviser touted his involvement on right-to-work legislation, his call to audit the Federal Reserve, and even his leadership on legalizing industrial hemp – legislation first pushed by his father, which has now won support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Rand is somebody who has the generational know-how to turn it into 21st century machine. He gets branding. He understands there’s a need for credibility,” said the adviser. “He understands he doesn’t have the answers to everything. He’s not afraid of input, but is totally confident in listening to input to help achieve his goals.”

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1 posted on 02/15/2013 8:29:06 AM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Cautiously optimistic. I’m hoping that Scott Walker throws his hat in the ring, but if Rand is the only one running up against Jeb, Christie and the rest of their fellow democrat travelers, I will have no problem at all with volunteering for his campaign.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 8:33:19 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee

I hope you do, we’d welcome you aboard. We believe in building coalitions and reaching out to everyone even if we don’t agree on everything 100% we can all agree that the Federal budget needs an axe taken to it to get the deficit and debt under control. Only Rand’s budget will do this (you will see it soon and he will insist on it getting a vote.. it won’t pass though lol)

What state are you in if you dont mind me asking??


3 posted on 02/15/2013 8:35:55 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: JohnPDuncan
What state are you in if you dont mind me asking??

I'll just say that I'm a swamp yankee.

4 posted on 02/15/2013 8:37:21 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee

New England? I think you’ll find if you decide to get involved that we are making great strides there in taking over state GOP’s and throwing out the RINO’s. I am talking about the former Ron Paul forces and libertarians of course.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 8:44:46 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: JohnPDuncan

I just don’t believe the elites who control the GOP will ever allow Rand Paul to be nominated for President or Vice President. Sarah Palin was able to sneak onto the 2008 ticket because her selection and nomination happened so fast that the elites didn’t know what they were getting until after the nomination.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 8:51:28 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: JohnPDuncan
I heard Cheney was asked who he considers the next up & coming people to watch in the party and he excluded Rand Paul.

That fact alone makes me sit up and take notice of him.

7 posted on 02/15/2013 8:51:52 AM PST by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: JohnPDuncan
I thought I read that Paul liked but did not officially endorse Rubio's amnesty comprehensive immigration plan [a rework of McCain's CI plan].

However, Wikipedia has this under the Rand Paul bio:
If Paul holds to that, he will be miles ahead of Rubio for 2016.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 8:53:05 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Tau Food

If all goes according to plan in Iowa and NH then what stops him? They can’t. He could win both easily. Rand is one of the few who can appeal to NH and Iowa and his dad had over 20% of the vote there so there’s a good base of support for him and the organization is still largely in place.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 8:55:17 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: JohnPDuncan

if electronic voting and vote counting machines aren’t outlawed and vote fraud is not punished for the severe crime that it is, there is really no reason to even hold an election other than for the purpose of continuing to fool the people in thinking they have a voice in how this country is governed. We don’t and it’s foolish to think otherwise.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 9:10:54 AM PST by drypowder
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To: JohnPDuncan
If all goes according to plan in Iowa and NH then what stops him? They can’t. He could win both easily.

The one thing I'm sure of is that there isn't any easy way to survive the kind of onslaught that GOP power brokers can deliver with almost unlimited amounts of money.

11 posted on 02/15/2013 9:12:07 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Tau Food

They tried it in Kentucky and failed. They have noting on Rand and only made him stronger. He won his primary with 58% and the general with 55%.

He’s on Chris Wallace this Sunday on Fox, rising star. Wallace is going to give him a hard time no doubt but he can handle it :)


12 posted on 02/15/2013 9:15:10 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Rand has my attention. Not that he’s perfect, not that I agree with every last thing that he ever says, but because he fights. He’s 95% right and he fights. I’ll take that over the 70% deal-making mush the GOP promotes season after season.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 9:21:11 AM PST by marron
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To: marron

I’ll take his budget over any others. He’s the only one to admit the mess we’re in and his budget cuts the federal government properly... well, his last one did. He is principled.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:08 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Yes, he succeeded in Kentucky and I personally wish him luck in the majors. ;-)


15 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:44 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: TomGuy

I think he will be trying to amend any bill that is brought on immigration to get congress to vote on border security annually before giving any visa’s to illegals and he wants them to wait in line so they won’t get a green card and citizenship for what, 12-15+ years? He won’t support anything more generous than that.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 9:26:53 AM PST by JohnPDuncan (ee)
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To: MissTed

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Cheney is of the Bush ncoven. Read “Family of
Secrets”. They are poushing Maro Rubio so they must own him.

cheny is C


17 posted on 02/15/2013 9:28:38 AM PST by Paperdoll
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To: JohnPDuncan
Rubio/PAUL 2016

or Paul/Rubio

or Paul/Ryan

or Paul/ Palin

18 posted on 02/15/2013 9:41:19 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: JohnPDuncan; All

Given that our votes didn’t count in the last election because of alleged massive voter fraud which the corrupt media ignored, what makes anybody think that our votes are votes are going to count in the next election?


19 posted on 02/15/2013 9:46:45 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: JohnPDuncan
New England? I think you’ll find if you decide to get involved that we are making great strides there in taking over state GOP’s and throwing out the RINO’s. I am talking about the former Ron Paul forces and libertarians of course.

It will be easiest in 3 states...Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut. It might be the Hardest in MA and Vermont...

20 posted on 02/15/2013 9:47:17 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I like Paul/Walker.

He won’t play second fiddle to Rubio so that’s out of the question. He don’t want to be vp


21 posted on 02/15/2013 9:47:39 AM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Beats la raza Rubio


22 posted on 02/15/2013 9:49:12 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Beats la raza Rubio


23 posted on 02/15/2013 9:49:53 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Just as long as he doesn’t take a drink of water!


24 posted on 02/15/2013 9:52:06 AM PST by golf lover (goingf)
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To: JohnPDuncan

The Neo Cons will attack Rand with a viciousness worse than they had for Sarah

And we know why don’t we....


25 posted on 02/15/2013 9:55:33 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: drypowder

Exactly. I have stated repeatedly that I truly do not expect to see another real federal election in my lifetime. There may be some sort of show, but, even if Obamusollini is not emperor for life, some other Soros choice will infest the White House next.


26 posted on 02/15/2013 9:58:39 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: TomGuy

In recent articles Paul is now supporting Illegal Alien Amnesty....using the canard “we must rethink about Immigration”. He is now supporting Amnesty.....I would link the articles however I am on my Smart Phone and time constrained


27 posted on 02/15/2013 10:04:45 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: MissTed

[ I heard Cheney was asked who he considers the next up & coming people to watch in the party and he excluded Rand Paul.

That fact alone makes me sit up and take notice of him. ]

That really makes me want to disown cheney RIGHT NOW!!!


28 posted on 02/15/2013 10:08:47 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

The Bushies are scared stiff of Rand Paul.

Good news!


29 posted on 02/15/2013 10:44:02 AM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Ted Cruz is the man.


30 posted on 02/15/2013 10:52:09 AM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: TomGuy

I’d still back him over anyone else in the field, currently. Unfortunately, I noticed the lack of enforcement of current law and frog-marching those who aid and abet.

Though, I’d love to see my ‘Equality Under the Law Act’ passed first: ‘There shall be no exemptions, by exclusion or omission, from any Law or regulation by any entity in or of the boundaries of these United States.’


31 posted on 02/15/2013 11:47:30 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: JohnPDuncan

Paul’s dad was a petty cult leader trying to maintain a lifestyle, Rand is a politician and political leader.


32 posted on 02/15/2013 12:07:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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