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  • Job Killing GOP Governors Have Resumes That Should Disqualify Them From Being President

    04/26/2015 10:55:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Political USA ^ | April 24, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Three sitting Republican Governors interested in seeking a promotion to become U.S. President, represent states that have posted well-below average job growth over the past four years. From 2011 to 2015, the United States experienced 8.21 percent job growth. The states governed by Republican presidential hopefuls Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Chris Christie (NJ), saw much lower rates of job growth over the same time period. Using figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2011 to January 2015, Paul Rosenburg at Salon, noted that Wisconsin, Louisiana, and New Jersey, all experienced very sluggish job...
  • 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...
  • Rubio: I’d attend a gay ‘wedding’. Walker: I have. Santorum: I wouldn’t. Cruz: Pass.

    04/21/2015 7:43:46 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 100 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Are you now, or were you ever, willing to attend a same-sex “wedding”? That seems to be the question lighting up the Republican presidential field, as GOP hopefuls who may one day have their finger on the nuclear button are asked the query over and over again.So far, the Republican hopefuls' answers are yes, no, I have (sort of), and...unclear.The media began by asking Florida's U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, if he would attend a homosexual 'wedding' ceremony, especially if he were invited by a relative or close friend.“If there’s somebody that I love...
  • 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...
  • Fool Me

    04/18/2015 8:54:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-12-15 | Jerry Wynn
    Fool me once. We were told that the health care system was broken. As a result, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law with the promise that premiums would be lower, we could keep our doctors and our insurance. Fool me twice. When the IRS was accused of targeting conservative groups, the president said there was not even a "smidgen" of corruption. Of course the Department of Justice declined to investigate. Fool me thrice. When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, it was said the cause was an offensive video. Susan Rice went out on a Sunday morning and...
  • Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

    04/18/2015 8:27:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2015 | Justin Huggler
    The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia. "It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said. "You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct." Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move...
  • 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...
  • Indoctrination at the Dinner Table: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Have Serious Daddy Issues

    04/12/2015 7:19:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 4/12/15 | Ana Marie Cox
    Two leading GOP presidential candidates took extensive conservative catechism from their fathers—and it’s the mirror image of the right’s paranoid fantasy of Obama’s indoctrination. The articles have already started to appear: “Who’s crazier? Ted Cruz’s Jesus-huffing father vs Rand Paul’s gold-shilling doomsday dad?” Americans are already familiar with Ron Paul’s wild ideas and chin-stroking over his cost-benefit to Rand has been a staple of punditry since Rand first hinted at interest at his own political career. But the equally far-from-mainstream opinions of Ted Cruz’s dad, Rafael, are not as familiar to a national audience. But if you haven’t already heard...
  • Chris Matthews, Guest Mangle Boko Haram Issue Into Racial Jab at GOP

    05/10/2014 2:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 10, 2014 | Matthew Balan
    Chris Matthews mocked Republicans on Friday's Hardball over their hawkish stance towards Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group that recently kidnapped hundreds of girls. Matthews made a thinly-veiled racial attack on the GOP during a panel discussion on the terrorist organization: " By the way, when did the Republican Party take this keen interest in Africa? I may have missed that one."
  • The Best Reason to Take Rand Paul Seriously Has Nothing to Do With His Politics

    04/12/2015 5:58:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    ny times ^ | 4-10-2015 | JIM RUTENBERG
    Although Rand Paul — who declared his bid for the presidency on Tuesday — has spent several years now inching toward the Republican mainstream, there is still a tendency among the political classes to view him as a sideshow candidate. The crankiness of his announcement-week interviews certainly suggests that he’s still getting a handle on retail politics. And though his policy views — calls for more rational sentencing guidelines, a less intrusive national-security apparatus and a restrained foreign policy — give him potential appeal with young, minority and libertarian-leaning voters, they also make him an outlier in the field of...
  • Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican? (ACLU & Grover Norquist now advisors)

    09/08/2014 8:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole. At a time when new ideas have become increasingly scarce, and the policy bandwidth increasingly narrow in Washington, Mr. Paul, whether speaking about US intervention and foreign policy or more recently about militarization and the police, has been one of the few politicians with views outside of his party’s mainstream. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, this has made Mr. Paul one of the most...
  • Gloves Are Off w/ Rand Paul and His “Immigration Reform” Freak Fest. Where're This Man’s Priorities?

    06/14/2014 9:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | June 14, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    “Rand Paul Talks About Amnesty With GOP Infiltrator Norquist While Sarah Palin Calls for Humanitarian Action for ‘Man-caused Illegal Immigration Disaster”. That could have been the title but it really is the story of the week – that is if you are enjoy seeing dirty politicking and corruption by weak-knee’d phonies like Rand Paul exposed. We have been telling you so! That picture above is a scene from the Rio Grande yesterday. Watch how Rand Paul has dealt with this critical issue.After all is said and done more is said than done. Rand Paul is no exception. It was...
  • Grassroots Turn Table on Bush Attack Ad (youtube)

    04/11/2015 11:10:47 PM PDT · by z taxman · 10 replies
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  • Matthews MELTS DOWN Over ‘G** D***’ Attack Ads, ‘Salutes’ Rand For Fighting Neocons

    04/07/2015 6:56:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 7, 2015 | Al Weaver
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Reacting to Sen. Rand Paul’s 2016 announcement Tuesday, Chris Matthews saluted Paul for his opposition to neocons and their “piggish money” as they attack him over his foreign policy chops. Appearing with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, a visibly-agitated Matthews railed against the GOP’s “rotten crowd” of hawks, while going after MSNBC themselves for giving free airtime to such an ad. MATTHEWS: I think [Paul] laid down the fight here. He said the line is ‘I’m not for nation-building overseas, I’m going to build bridges here at home, not over there. It is a direct charge against the neocons and the...
  • Rand Paul Campaign Sends Cease-And-Desist To Stations Running Iran Attack Ad

    04/09/2015 12:45:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 51 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 04/09/15 | Rosie Gray
    A lawyer for the Rand Paul campaign has sent a legal notice to TV stations that ran a hawkish attack ad based on Paul's views on Iran, calling the ad defamatory and asking stations to stop showing it. The letter is an objection to a million-dollar ad buy by a group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, led by Republican operative Rick Reed. The ad, which launched in early primary states on the day of Paul's presidential campaign announcement, accuses Paul of supporting President Obama's policies on Iran and of opposing new sanctions. "The Advertisement attempts to...
  • Rand Paul stands with Israel

    04/08/2015 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    randpaul.com ^ | 4/8/2015 | Rand Paul
    -video at link- I’m proud to support Israel, America’s longtime friend and ally in the Middle East. Israeli cafés and buses are bombed, towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets, and its citizens are attacked by Palestinian terrorists. It’s time we took a stand for Israel by standing up to the enemies of Israel, the enemies that murder Israeli citizens. That’s why I proposed a bill called the “Stand with Israel Act” to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority. As long as the Palestinian Authority is allied with Hamas not one more tax dollar...
  • Rand Paul: I’ll win black voters to GOP

    04/08/2015 9:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | April 8, 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    (VIDEO-AND-AUDIO-AT-LINK)MILFORD, N.H. — Sen. Rand Paul claimed he’d be the Republican with the best chance of picking up black voters in the 2016 presidential campaign — and suggested a major scandal will soon threaten Democrat Hillary Clinton’s likely candidacy — during a stop here one day after announcing he’s running for the White House. “I’ve tried to expand the Republican Party by taking the message to places Republicans haven’t gone,” Paul said yesterday when asked by the Herald whether he is the Tea Party candidate in the race. “I’ve spent the last several years going to historically black colleges, going...
  • Cruz touts radical court-stripping scheme (Ref: Homosexual “Marriage”)

    04/08/2015 12:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | April 7, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in Iowa yesterday, where the presidential hopeful reflected on the possibility of a Supreme Court ruling endorsing marriage equality. The far-right senator told his audience, “The first thing and I think the most important thing every one of us can do, is pray. Lift up in prayer.” But as the Dallas Morning News noted, that’s not all Cruz said. He reiterated his vow to press for a constitutional amendment that would clarify the power of state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the high court does legalize...
  • Rand Paul: Playing to Everyone, Going Too Far Off on Foreign Policy, Lost the Ron Base?

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

    04/08/2015 7:17:08 AM PDT · by ziravan · 5 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 4/08/2015 | Hal Hawkins
    The Iowa caucuses are still 284 days away, but Republicans now have a second candidate for President, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Labeling himself a conservative, Paul is primarily known as being the son of former Congressman Ron Paul, an ardent libertarian with a history of making many controversial statements and endorsements. Sen. Paul has retained many of his father’s followers, but it seems that Sen. Paul has also tried to distance himself from the elder Paul. It’s become a delicate balancing act for Sen. Paul, as he has to grow his base by appealing to more traditional conservatives while...
  • Van Jones: Except For Rand Paul, GOP Doesn't Care About Minority Communites

    04/08/2015 10:08:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week on CNN’s “Newsroom,” former Obama “green czar” Van Jones discussed Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential bid and said the Republican Party “when it comes to people of color,” “Are not in touch,” and, “They don’t care about some of these communities.”
  • Report: The SuperPAC running ads against Rand Paul has ties to “Bush World

    04/08/2015 11:49:27 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 24 replies
    Rare Politics ^ | 4-7-2015 | Kevin Boyd
    As Rare and other news outlets have reported, a SuperPAC has been running ads against Rand Paul tying his foreign policy positions to President Obama. A new report reveals who some of the people behind the ads are, and they have ties to one of the major Republican candidates likely to enter the presidential race. Matt Flynn of Breitbart News reports that the consultants who make up Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America have extensive ties to the Bush family. Flynn reports that many of these people also have ties to Karl Rove and other GOP establishment figures. According...
  • Rand Paul to Media: You Should Grill Dems about abortion, too

    04/08/2015 12:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Rand Paul says he doesn't want to be grilled about abortion until Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz answers similarly tough questions. And Wasserman Schultz is hitting back -- highlighting Paul's testy interviews with female television anchors, too, by saying she hopes he can "respond without 'shushing' me." Paul, the Kentucky Republican senator who launched his 2016 presidential campaign this week, bristled at a question about abortion while talking with reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday. "Why don't you ask the DNC, 'Is it OK to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus?'" Paul said. His comment came after...
  • Ted Cruz Was Way More Welcoming to Rand Paul's Entry into 2016 Than Paul Was to His

    04/07/2015 1:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Rebecca Nelson
    The Texas senator said he was "glad to welcome" Paul into the race.Ted Cruz warmly welcomed Rand Paul into the 2016 race Tuesday morning, calling him a "good friend"—even after his rival wrote him off. "I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary," the Texas senator and presidential contender said in a statement on his website Tuesday morning. "Rand is a good friend, and we have worked side by side on many issues." It was a decidedly different tone from the one Paul used when Cruz launched his White House bid last month. Appearing...
  • How Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Are Shaking Up the GOP Presidential Nomination Process

    04/07/2015 6:48:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    reason.com ^ | 4/7/15 | Matt Kibbe
    Politics has become more democratized and that’s a great thing. Sen. Rand Paul's announcement today that he will seek the Republican Party's nomination for president punctuates a very real paradigm shift in the way the Grand Old Party will select its candidates for higher office. For most of my adult life, Republican poobahs have decided for the rest of us, typically favoring the dusty candidate that has been standing in queue the longest. Think John McCain or Mitt Romney. Like a nightmare reinterpretation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, it seems that the GOP keeps nominating Bob Dole again...
  • Can Rand Paul Interest You in Some $20 Flip Flops?

    04/07/2015 6:18:57 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/07/2015 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP nomination Tuesday, a roll out that comes with a new website, and, most entertainingly, a merch store. Let’s explore. Can Rand Paul interest you in a $100 bag toss game?(That Latin-looking description is just internet gobbledygook.)How about a Real Rand woven blanket? “Sure it might be fun to have Rand in your living room at night engaging in deep discussions about objectivism, libertarianism, conservatism and a few other isms. In the absence of that, curl up on your couch with the Rand blanket. It’s the next...
  • At Rand Paul’s Party, It’s Bring Your Own Lie Detector [Next Gen Environmentalist Wackos]

    04/07/2015 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    New York Times, First Draft ^ | April 7, 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The attack ad against Senator Rand Paul will not be the only burr on the coattails of his Tuesday campaign announcement: The billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer will set up a lie-detector test at the event and demand he answer questions about climate change. Mr. Steyer’s environmental group, NextGen Climate, is kicking off a campaign of its own, hoping to bring climate change into the heart of the 2016 elections. The lie detectors will be the first in an escalating series of stunts, advertisements, billboards and rallies over the next year and a half aimed at highlighting Republican candidates’ denial, questioning...
  • Rand Paul's First Challenge: Defeat Ted Cruz

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

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

    04/06/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 6, 2006 | Paula Bolyard
    "Even Candy Crowley loves him!" is not exactly rallying cry for the GOP base.Rand Paul’s new ad, released this weekend ahead of his announcement that he is running for president, is a bit…unusual, to say the least. Instead of leading with America, apple pie, and corn fields, Rand Paul chose to lead with — I am not making this up — CNN’s Candy Crowley! The video, called “A Different Kind of Republican Leader,” features a lineup of liberal media personalities praising Rand Paul, including Crowley, Jon Stewart, and Chris Matthews as well as former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has...
  • Rand Paul has J.C. Watts in his corner

    04/06/2015 11:38:28 AM PDT · by Plummz · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12:06 pm ET Apr. 3 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday, one of the people who will endorse him and share the stage is former Representative J.C. Watts, one of the few black Republicans to have served in Congress. Mr. Watts is expected to be a vocal surrogate for Mr. Paul, who has made clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters. “Senator Paul has shown what I have always believed, a leader can be a strong economic and social conservative and yet be concerned about the least of...
  • [VIDEO] Rand Paul to announce 2016 run tomorrow

    04/06/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 04/06/2015 | The Right Scoop
    It looks like Rand Paul will be announcing a presidential run tomorrow according to his new campaign video that says on April 7 a different kind of Republican will take on Washington:   Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has told her staff to be ready at any moment for a presidential campaign announcement: THE HILL – Most staffers hired for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have no idea when she’ll announce, according to a CNN report, but have been told that they must be ready to start their campaign roles at any moment — starting Monday. Until then, they are working out of...
  • Rand Paul’s delicate balancing act

    04/05/2015 5:17:32 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5 2015 at 4:17 PM | Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa
    He prepares to make his formal announcement Tuesday, Paul is a candidate who has turned fuzzy, having trimmed his positions and rhetoric so much that it’s unclear what kind of Republican he will present himself as when he takes the stage. “He’s going to get his moment in the sun,” said David Adams, who served as campaign chairman for Paul’s insurgent 2010 Senate campaign. “What he does with it from there will have bearing on the Republican Party.”
  • The Strategy Behind Rand Paul’s 2016 Campaign Store

    04/07/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Brian Resnick
    Rand Paul's brand new presidential campaign website is sophisticated and consistently on message. The site's features mirror Paul's policy positions and slogans: the donation page accepts bitcoin, and you can literally stand with Rand if you purchase his campaign's "Stand with Rand" flip flops. There's fun to be had pointing out all the zany things you can now buy with Paul's name on it. But there is a greater strategy involved in selling a $20 iPhone case, or a beer stein adorned with a liberty loving dog in shades. These objects are incentives for donors to pay up, but they...
  • 'Israel Flip-Flopper' Rand Paul Announces Presidential Campaign

    04/07/2015 9:30:18 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Ari Yashar
    Republican candidate goes on record, hampered by past calls to cut defense aid to Jewish state he has recently tried to distance from. Paul, who entered the Senate in 2010 backed by large Tea Party movement support, has been defined as an advocate of "mainstream libertarianism," focused on civil liberties and opposed to foreign intervention by the US. The senator has also vocally opposed America's annual defense aid to Israel which totals roughly $3 billion a year, and in a January 2013 visit to Jerusalem he called for the US to start cutting aid to Israel. Paul later that same...
  • Obama's “progressive” war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president in history

    04/07/2015 9:34:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 7, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog With help from 80 years of self-described “progressives,” Obama is now waging the biggest war against medical marijuana of any president in history Anyone who has been following the self-described “progressive” politicians since FDR should not be surprised at Obama’s war against medical marijuana.Obama’s war against medical marijuana is a direct result of the policies of the self-described “progressives” in the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court, going all the way back to FDR’s New Deal.During the Great Depression, while millions of Americans were hungry, the self-described “progressives” who controlled the federal government passed...
  • Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

    04/07/2015 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 4, 2015 | Owen Strachan
    e New York Times just published one of the more rough-handed pieces we’ve yet seen regarding “gay Christianity.” In “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” opinion writer Frank Bruni takes the gloves off and seeks to bully Christians into caving on homosexuality. The column is frank, direct, and brutalizing.Let’s consider five takeaways from this striking article.1. Here’s what Bruni believes opposition to “gay Christianity” is based in: raw prejudice. He says as much: But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all...
  • GRAHAM: RAND PAUL TO THE LEFT OF OBAMA ON IRAN

    04/06/2015 6:29:42 PM PDT · by yuffy · 79 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6 Apr 2015 | by PAM KEY
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said while he would support Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) if he won the Republican nomination for president in 2016, he is concerned because Paul’s view of Iran is “to the left of Obama.” Graham said, “Basically is if Rand Paul is the nominee of the party I will support him but Rand Paul was the one senator that voted against my resolution two years ago saying that we will not allow Iran to get a nuclear capability and contain them. I think it would be lousy idea to...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for the Republican Nomination, So Now the Party Is Ready to Attack Him

    04/07/2015 6:43:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Welcome to the big leagues. That’s the message several top GOP operatives say Rand Paul will get from the Republican establishment, and from the media, when he announces his candidacy for the presidency on Tuesday. These onlookers believe that Paul, who has been a media darling and a ubiquitous presence on the airwaves since his election in 2010, has gotten a pass from the press. In their eyes, he’s been allowed to skate past one controversy after another in part because he’s been a vocal critic of the Republican party. “The media treats him better than they treat other Republicans,”...
  • Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%

    03/24/2015 12:18:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 222 replies
    Computerworld ^ | March 23, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz, who announced his presidential bid this morning, once proposed an immediate increase in the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 325,000. Cruz offered the H-1B increase as an amendment in 2013 to the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill.
  • The Fair and Relevant Question: After 8 Years of Obama, Why Should GOP Nominate a One-Term Senator?

    03/23/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/23/2015 | Erick Erickson
    With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beginning his run for the Presidency today, I should make public the question I've suggested to reporters in private. Senator Cruz is for certain going to be joined by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will announce in a few weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who I think is underrated in his bid for the Presidency even though Jeb Bush is intent on locking up Florida, will also most likely declare his candidacy. All three of these men would make excellent Presidents. I know them personally. I backed them when they were at single digits in...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • What are the individual strengths of Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul?

    04/03/2015 9:45:50 AM PDT · by pinochet · 60 replies
    1. Rand Paul is strong among libertarian Republicans and anti-war isolationists on foreign policy. 2. Ted Cruz is strong among pro-life evangelicals and those in favor of a hawkish interventionist foreign policy. He is also favored by those who see the elimination of Obama Care as a priority. 3. Scott Walker, as a governor, is favored by those who want someone with executive experience. He stood up against public sector unions, just like Reagan stood up against the air traffic controllers. The unions forced a recall election against Governor Walker but lost. Scott Walker is also favored among supporters of...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....