Rand Paul in the NewsSubmitted by bmcgrew on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 09:55
"FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul detonated a so-called "money bomb" Thursday in hopes of raising $1 million by midnight, an accomplishment that would validate his status as a mainstream candidate.
However, the explosion was less than expected. As of 11:30 p.m., the campaign's web site reported gathering $425,221 on Thursday.
Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon and son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, remained optimistic nonetheless.
In a telephone interview late Thursday morning, the first-time candidate for public office said he would be pleased to take in $200,000 to $300,000.
"That certainly would show I am quite formidable," Paul said. 'If we reach or get close to $1 million, it so overwhelmingly transforms this race right now.'"
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