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Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid
Washington Post ^ | 03/27/2014 | Robert Costa

Posted on 03/27/2014 7:01:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.

Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the 2016 primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman.

Rand Paul’s nationwide organization, which counts more than 200 people, includes new backers who have previously funded more traditional Republicans, along with longtime libertarian activists. Paul, of Kentucky, has also been courting Wall Street titans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, attending elite conclaves in Utah and elsewhere along with other GOP hopefuls.

For the rest of this year, his national team’s chief duties will be to take the lead in their respective states in planning fundraisers and meet-ups and helping Paul’s Washington-based advisers get a sense of where support is solid and where it’s not. This is especially important in key early primary battlegrounds, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, and in areas rich in GOP donors, such as Dallas and Chicago.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 2016gopprimary; libtardian; paul2016; paultards; potus; prochoice; randpaul; randpaul2016; rino
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1 posted on 03/27/2014 7:01:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This what anyone who wants to run better be doing as of yesterday.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 7:10:50 AM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like the same strategy Romney and McCain tried.
Court the moderates and RINO’s and forget about conservatives.
That strategy did not work out well for Romney and McCain.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 7:11:04 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: SeekAndFind

Key word: “coalition”


4 posted on 03/27/2014 7:13:16 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please don’t let the liberaltarian into the exec. branch


5 posted on 03/27/2014 7:17:11 AM PDT by magna carta
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To: SeekAndFind

Meh


6 posted on 03/27/2014 7:19:15 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: dforest

I prefer a Ted Cruz type but if it comes down to Rand Paul or another GOPe type, Paul gets my vote.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would easily support Rand Paul over Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and their ilk.

Paul has some flaws, but he is significantly more conservative than McCain/Romney. More importantly, he is a fighter.

However if Ted Cruz or even Scott Walker decide to run, I would have to support them over Paul.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 7:27:20 AM PDT by kidd
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To: cripplecreek

I pretty much agree. I won’t get behind anyone who hasn’t put a machine together though. They would have no chance.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 7:29:49 AM PDT by dforest
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To: magna carta

Please don’t let the liberaltarian into the exec. branch
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Every Conservative who voted for full blown liberal Willard better also vote for Sen Rand Paul..

or forever shut up about how much better dear Willie would have been than Obama..


10 posted on 03/27/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: tennmountainman

Paul is the 3rd most conservative senator on record behind Cruz and Lee. We could do a little better, but we could do a lot worse. No need to destroy the guy because he isn’t your first choice, especially considering we have no idea who will even be on the ballot.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 7:31:58 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: kidd; fieldmarshaldj

I don’t want any RINO or any one who supports Amnesty or Common Core. OR WANTS TO LIMIT MY 2ND OR 1ST A RIGHTS!

Don’t come looking for my vote.

TN US sen lamar alexander RINO promised 2 terms and out in his book on it. Has gone back on his word. Running again, TN State Rep Joe Carr has a good strong conservative voting record. lamar has his big war chest and National GOP orgs behind him. He just voted to MUG the Military health care, while clinging to his Platinum healthcare tooth and nail!

DO NOT DONATE TO THE NATIONAL GOP ORGS, THEY PROP UP OLD DINOSAURS RINOS LIKE LAMAR 73! GIVE DIRECT TO YOUR CANDIDATE!


12 posted on 03/27/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: tennmountainman; SeekAndFind

True, but Rand Paul is so far away from conservatism that there is no other strategy available to him. Conservatives won’t vote for him any more than McCain or for Romney, and Rand Paul can not win without them anymore than McCain or Romney won.

Social Conservatives are not on any plantation. Most of them are Christians who more concerned with their relationship with and obedience to God than with the fleeting events of this world.

It is a fundamental difference in the very focus of their world view.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: dforest

There are plenty of things I disagree with him about but that’s true of pretty much everybody.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 7:39:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
This ain't your daddy's Libertarian

We must continue spending to supply our military with Tomahawk missiles, says … Rand Paul?
15 posted on 03/27/2014 7:46:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember the 2012 GOP Nation Convention where the establishment/leadership locked out and changed the rules to shutdown any opposition?

I sure do, that is when I renounced being a ‘Republican’


16 posted on 03/27/2014 7:47:57 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Regarding state GOP primaries, my state is again low in the list — late May. The nomination will probably be decided long before that date, as it was in 2008 and 2012.

The advantage is that I don’t have to jump on any presidential preference bandwagons — I can throw mud at all of them.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 7:52:19 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not concerned with your little Jihad against Rand Paul.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 7:57:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Paul was flaky on Amnesty when the Senate voted, but he did eventually vote the right way. His kick about letting felons vote annoys the hell out of me. Republicans seem to have this suicide streak in them - trying their best to encourage voting from people who will vote Democrat, almost to the person.

But Rand has been excellent in other areas - especially on the privacy side, and he can bring in MILLIONS of young voters, just on that. No other Republican has a prayer reaching them. He’s also good on most other Republican issues.

So given everything, I will HOPE that Rand figures out that tens of millions of new Democrat voters will NOT help the Republicans and will act accordingly - and that is actually BETTER than what I can say about other Republicans as I already know they are on the wrong side.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: MrEdd
but Rand Paul is so far away from conservatism

In what ways? Could you post some specific examples?

The way the word "conservatism" is used these days it's hard to be sure what people actually mean or are trying to accomplish when they use that word.

20 posted on 03/27/2014 8:17:47 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Draft Ron Paul!

We need Ron Paul and Rand Paul to both run. That way, we can hear about how much they differ on things, and why voting for Rand isn’t the same as voting for Ron.

Ron Paul has run in every election since Carter. No reason to stop now!


21 posted on 03/27/2014 8:22:52 AM PDT by TitansAFC (2016: 1. Palin, 2. Cruz, 3. Perry, 4. Walker, 5. Huckabee (to make the GOP-E see what WE go through))
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To: cripplecreek

Here in Indiana, I have a hard time getting interested in the election for President.

We don’t have a primary until May, so we never get much choice in choosing a candidate.

We aren’t really a swing state, so no activity happens here before then election.

We are totally at the whim of who other states choose and vote for.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 8:24:53 AM PDT by dforest
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To: cripplecreek

Yep. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, even Rick Perry. All good decent Patriotic Americans. I would vote for any of the three. We have to keep Jeb or Crispy out at all costs.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 8:59:55 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: wolfman23601

Destroy the guy? Where in my post did I attack him? I simply said that
he is following the same strategy that Romney and McCain did. How did that strategy turn out? Learn to either read better or comprehend better.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 9:07:48 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree. We MUST have a fighter on the ticket. Someone not afraid to take on Hillary.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 9:11:38 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind
Disgruntled Dems and Independents I know would jump at the chance to vote for Paul. For sure he would shake up the political status quo. I would like to see Cruz as his running mate.
26 posted on 03/27/2014 9:36:30 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: tennmountainman
Sounds like the same strategy Romney and McCain tried. Court the moderates and RINO’s and forget about conservatives. That strategy did not work out well for Romney and McCain.

In elections in which we couldn't win in 2008, and couldn't lose in 2012, Romney managed to be the first candidate in history to win the Independents "hugely", yet lose the election.

Rand's coming out against conservatism and the base, could duplicate Romney's failure.

27 posted on 03/27/2014 10:41:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: SeekAndFind; dforest; tennmountainman; bigbob; magna carta; VRWC For Truth; cripplecreek; kidd; ...

Wonder what position she'll occupy?

28 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like she will support Ron Paul. But he ain’t running, so she needs to get her facts straight.

Lots of lo info people out there.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know about that, but there’s nothing stopping Ron Paul from running again! Why would he not?

Could you imagine he and Rand going at it in a debate, explaining their disagreements? They could eloquently explain to us their major policy differences!

Run, Ron Paul, run!!!!


30 posted on 03/27/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by TitansAFC (2016: 1. Palin, 2. Cruz, 3. Perry, 4. Walker, 5. Huckabee (to make the GOP-E see what WE go through))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt Ron Paul is running.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 1:25:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dforest

A) How do you know he’s not running? He’s run every election cycle since his boy was in short pants. (B) You don’t think she won’t transfer her “loyalty” over to junior? (C) Do you think that Jewish people and their allies aren’t aware of the father’s stance on everything Jewish, Israel and Zionism?


32 posted on 03/27/2014 1:28:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: cripplecreek

So the people who supported GHWB 41 didn’t support GWB 43? Because I remember it a little differently...


33 posted on 03/27/2014 1:30:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have no idea who is going to run. Her sign says RON PAUL. Not Rand Paul. Frankly, I have not worried about who is running in 2016. Too early yet. I am not into the savaging of potentials at this time. I think my choice could be better than what some folks slavishly think is solid here or anywhere else.

Besides, I live in Indiana. i don’t get to choose the candidate and we are not a state that matters in a national election. We are not considered a swing state. Find someone else to hound.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 1:35:44 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know, Alinsky tactics don’t work on me because I don’t care.


35 posted on 03/27/2014 1:36:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Is vicious truthing now an Alinsky tactic?


36 posted on 03/27/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah sure whatever I don’t care.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 1:43:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the sign says Ron not Rand. :-)


38 posted on 03/27/2014 1:48:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cripplecreek

“There are plenty of things I disagree with him about but thar’s true of pretty much everybody”.
You are right. I sometimes even disagree with you. But then again I sometimes do agree with you. I hope that is clear.


39 posted on 03/27/2014 1:51:26 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: certrtwngnut

Rand Paul wouldn’t be my preferred candidate but if it comes down to him or the GOPe candidate, I’m voting for Paul.


40 posted on 03/27/2014 1:54:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

You’d have never heard of Rand Paul, unless you needed glasses in a certain Kentucky locality, without Ron Paul. Just as Dubya would probably be a grocery store assistant manager without his father.


41 posted on 03/27/2014 1:57:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree to agree with you. At this point I really do not have a first choice. I just know my first choice ain’t my governor. Chris Christie.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 2:08:45 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is vicious truthing now an Alinsky tactic?

Anybody objecting to anything is now an Alinski tactic.

Mockery, which is thousands of years old is now an Alinsky tactic.

Seems that Alinsky is mucho powerful. Reaching far back into time and history.

43 posted on 03/27/2014 3:18:03 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

If I wanted a kook in the White House, I’d probably opt for Dennis Kucinich. At least he’s honest about what he believes in and doesn’t hide his intentions. Plus, have you seen his wife?


44 posted on 03/27/2014 3:24:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Plus, have you seen his wife?

No.

Is she worthy of Alinsky mockery?

Because he invented that stuff, you know...

45 posted on 03/27/2014 3:33:24 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Mrs. Kucinich

46 posted on 03/27/2014 3:38:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d hit it.


47 posted on 03/27/2014 3:46:04 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
She's obviously soft in the head, but if I was ordering one from a catalogue, that's pretty much what it'd look like.
48 posted on 03/27/2014 3:47:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run,”

He is disenfranchising the other 7 states, so he is not the man for the job.


49 posted on 03/27/2014 3:52:42 PM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hawk Girl.

50 posted on 03/27/2014 3:55:00 PM PDT by humblegunner
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