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Rand Paul Plays Hardball

http://youtu.be/Hvnba-2sbds

Business Insider: Rand Paul Is Launching A Brutal Ad Campaign To Destroy Democrats Over Foreign Aid

Rand Paul is taking his mission to cut U.S. foreign aid to the voters this week with a series of campaign ads that target Senate Democrats who voted against his amendment to block U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya.
The Kentucky Republican's political action committee, RAND PAC, went up with the first two ads this week, targeting West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Florida Senator Bill Nelson, two Democrats facing re-election challenges this November.

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I'd love to see it run in

I'd love to see it run in Tennessee against our Republican senators as well.

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Ultimately, it is running against GOP senators

...after all, suppose a Republican gets elected to replace one of these Dem senators. How can he then come out in support of foreign aid?

I think this is some excellent politicking by Rand. It's impractical for him as a Republican to go after other Republicans directly, but since Dems and Reps by and large pursue the same policies, Rand can effectively go after Reps by going after Dems who promote the same policies.

It has the same effect as if he went after members of his own party, but since he's going after Dems, his own party can't counterattack. I love it.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Shake it up!

Pretty neat. Find an issue supported by both democrats and republicans, one which lobbyists have conjured into reality, but is detested by the citizenry, and blast it. Make elected officials aware of the dangers of ignoring their base. Hope the foreign aid debacle is only the beginning use of such a strategy.

Again, this is a Super PAC.

Rand has nothing to do with this ad (notice at the end it even says "RAND PAC",) and by law he better not have anything to do with it. It is a very good ad, and it is great to see the issue of Foreign aid at the forefront. However, when articles keep saying Rand put out this ad, it makes me not trust the site. Politicians cannot associate in any manner with SuperPac's, thus, this ad was not put out by Rand.

Which makes it even more splendid. These ads will show that there is bi-partisan support for foreign aid, and those within the GOP cannot blame Rand because he had nothing to do with the video (yes it only points out Dems, but sooner or later voters will catch on, "hey that goper votes for foreign aid, that democrat!.")lol

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

RAND PAC

is not a Super PAC. It is a leadership PAC that is run by Rand.

Here's an article on leadership PACs:

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/58_27/Members-PACs-Test-Unreg...

I stand corrected,

and thank you for educating me. Last thing I want is to go around with the wrong information.

*edit*

I just re-watched the ad, and it states, "Not authorized by any candidate or any candidate's committee." So would that mean Rand did not release this ad, the PAC did it on its own? Still, I thank you for letting me know about leadership pac's, but am now confused about this particular ad.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

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I think that statement means it was not authorized by Rand Paul or Rand Paul's re-election campaign committee.

It was technically authorized by RAND PAC, which is a separate entity (not a candidate or a candidate's committee). Since RAND PAC is led by Rand, you can assume Rand is behind the entire operation but the statement at the end of the ad is still technically correct.

"...and by law he better not

"...and by law he better not have anything to do with it."

Unless he intends to challenge the law. That would be some big brass ones there. lol