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Washington Post: Rand Paul for president? Maybe.


Only a few months into his political career, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is considering a presidential bid.

“Rand would not run if his dad’s running,” said Jesse Benton, political director for Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). “But if his dad doesn’t run and he fails to see a viable candidate or candidates in the Republican field, that are serious about debt spending and the budget crisis facing our country, then he will be very tempted to weigh his options.”

He’s been visiting the key primary states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, giving speeches and meeting with local Republican leaders — a largely under the radar effort because, until now, no one thought the newly elected senator would seriously consider the race.

Like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), another potential dark horse candidate, Paul says his main concern at the moment is to shape the debate and making sure the tea party point of view is included.

But with his advisers floating the possibility of a bid publicly, it’s worth examining whether Paul — Rand, that is — would be a factor if he ran.


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Why not?

If Ron Paul chooses not to run - what are the objections to Rand running?
He doesn't have enough "experience"? Well, no one needs experience to be president - the Big O proves that. And the founding fathers set it up that way. What good is having a professional politician anyway?
Kentucky needs him? That is true. But considering the dire situation we are in financially, rapidly approaching collapse, invested in multiple immoral wars, etc. doesn't it make sense that a patriot with the means to throw their hat in the ring would do so if able? The blunt power of the veto alone would be astronomical.

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Paul told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he is being urged by supporters in several states to make a run if Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas skips the 2012 election.

Rand Paul said his father, who ran in 2008, has not yet made up his mind. The freshman senator, a tea party sensation, said the only decision he has made is he will not run against his father.

Paul made his comments outside a local civic club meeting where he was scheduled to give a speech.

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My bumper sticker says RON PAUL

not Rand Paul.

...if it makes any difference.

The Paul family needs to figure this out fast. May God guide them.

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"Unlike his father, he has shown his ability to run a well-organized statewide campaign."

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Every time Jesse Benton opens his mouth I want to slap him.

“Rand would not run if his dad’s running,” said Jesse Benton...

What I might hear: "Rand Paul is going to run because Ron Paul isn't."

Fair or not, a spokesman has to be highly aware of the messages he sends even if he never actually says certain things.

Please, is there is any way to ask Jesse Benton to step aside from a possible 2012 campaign for Ron Paul?

Maybe we ought to have a straw poll on who should be the campaign spokesman? That could give Ron Paul an idea of who would be the most effective and take out some of the emotional family implications. At least there ought to be a way for Ron Paul supporters to suggest alternate spokesmen.

The Ron Paul campaign (lowercase "c") is truly more about the message than the mere placement of an individual. In this campaign the messenger is almost as important as the sender.

Come to think if it, why does there even need to be a spokesman? Let Ron Paul speak for himself. His words are wise and his tone inspiring and affable. All the qualities we need.


I don't think the author has any idea just how much support there is out there for Ron and Rand Paul. There's a lot more than most pundits realize. While I'm still hoping Ron will run, I'd get behind Rand 100% if he ran. I think we have to work hard to take over local Republican parties because they were a huge roadblock for us last time around. The people wanted Ron Paul, but the Republican bosses at the state and county levels, probably on orders coming down from above, did everything they could to suppress the movement. Not this time.

Its obvious that the author monitors this site

So I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. Tides turning I can feel it- get involved in your local G.O.P.s!

Carter, Athens GA

One more PRO of a Rand bid

A Rand run would allow Traditional Republicans to support many of Ron's views without being forced to admit they actually support Ron Paul.

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One more CON of a Rand bid

Traditional Democrats, Libertarians and swing voters would not be as likely to support Rand as they would Ron.

Admit it: the son is not the father. It's not fair to expect Rand to be his father's clone, nor is it fair to assume that the wisdom of the elder will be found in the younger.

Count me out of a serious Rand campaign. We just haven't had time to see who Rand Paul is.

I have heard this millions of times... but I just don't see it .

I don't see it or hear it... but I have heard it millions of times... here is a typical remark that annoys the hell out of me...

"Rand knows how to stand for principle without looking nutty.” John Zambenini , who ran communications in Iowa for Ron Paul, described his son as “more palatable.”

"Looking Nutty"?????

Or how about this one... "Ron Paul does not sound Presidential. His squeaky voice.."


This is what we must be respectful or MINDful of ... It seems that evolution has imprinted inside of Mankind a sort of BLUE-PRINT for a Leader. This craving for "leadership" is really a deep down primal thing that picks "leaders" in a very primal way. Sort of like every Baboon troop leader must look like a lion maned blue nosed intimidator and not like his scruffy haired rivals... if he wants to be respected and hold the "high office".

Why has "the Donald" got so many Republican's salivating? Cause they "see a leader".... its deep, I say. The 6'2 Donald with the cash and arrogance has them salivating.

And its the same with Democrats, who showed us that a 5'3ft(?) woman can't beat a 6'2 man with a great smile. Torn as they wore, liberals went with the 6'2 man.

So, my question to you ALL in the RON PAUL world, who amoung us is IN our R3VOLution movement who stands 6'2 or taller, has a Military background, Deep Voice, Slow talker, has an "All Knowing Prescience" about him (yes, him), and just needs to be trained and groomed to speak infront of a real TV camera and coached on the Radio?


We have the radio studios and TV studios... we can train 10 .... in fact... we should be doing it ALL THE TIME.

Then we all could watch & listen in ... and kind of help from afar too.

Please Submit names, don't be bashful. Think about who we have all met over the past 4 years in this movement.

Most of us don't WANT to "be" president. But from our point of view, simply Vetoing everything and saying No to Congress would make you the best President EVER.

I repeat again, we must "Promote & Train From Within"...

Names anyone?

How about ....

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you nailed it

Great comment Treg.
Sad reality about how controllers mold our society.
I call it scientific tyranny.

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for underlining our conditioning, or Disney character of a leader.

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Well stated, Treg.

: )

Most would never suspect he's 6'2"

But I bet if you asked him he would prefer to pass the torch to Rand if it were practical. Maybe that is why he holds out from jumping into the race.

I wouldn't blame him, because I think it takes a lot out of these candidates. I think Ron could handle it but remember what happened to Carol during the last race(hospitalized?) I'm sure that concerns him and took a bigger toll on him then the stress of running and I'm sure it is in the back of his mind effecting his decision right now.

I still remember reports of McCain being a basket case during the race, but the media hid it.

Treg, that is an excellent post.

You make a great point. Promote from within - excellent.

I agree with you that most people make these decisions about leaders on a primal basis. But I do think Rand has something of the "animal kingdom leader" about him. He is aggressive at times, and intellectually challenging. His resolve comes across as ironclad. You don't think so?