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Rand Paul's Mideast Trip Fuels Presidential Speculation

WASHINGTON — In another sign that he may be considering a White House bid, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is planning a trip next year to Israel, accompanied by activists from Iowa and South Carolina — two key states in any Republican presidential campaign.

Paul — a Kentuckian who has said he is considering a 2016 presidential run but has made no decision — is looking to make his first trip to Israel and Jordan sometime in the new year, he said in an interview. He didn’t specify the date, citing security reasons.

He has confirmed meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres, as well as with several government ministers and members of the Knesset, according to the senator’s office. Paul also is arranging meetings with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, Jordan’s King Abdullah and others.

Paul said some critics have depicted him as anti-Israel because he favors cutting foreign aid, but he called that depiction a “misrepresentation.”

“It is not my position to be against Israel,” the senator said. “I’m appreciative of the fact that Israel is a democracy, one of the few true democracies in the Middle East, and I’m also appreciative that they’ve been a close friend and ally.”

Paul said that foreign aid cuts “should start with countries who have not been good allies. ... I wouldn’t start with Israel.

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This statement saves him in my book...

"Paul also is arranging meetings with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, Jordan’s King Abdullah and others."

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But how DARE a U.S. Senator even acknowledge the Palestinians?
This is an OUT-rage.
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So say the Neo-Cons who surround us.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Rand Who? is a Neocon.

A Neo-con. Don't be fooled.

Perfect is the enemy of good enough.

I want to see this country moving in the direction of freedom in my lifetime, and will not wait for the next perfect candidate to show up. He may not be as pure as some folks want, but if Rand runs I will probably vote for him. At least he sticks up for the Constitution more than any of the other senators. I will not vote for any of the other names that have been thrown out. Rubio? Bush? Hell no.

Ron Paul set the bar pretty high, I just can't see any future candidate matching up to him. I still haven't even removed my Ron Paul 2012 bumper sticker, pretty damn sad eh?

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

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I do not know who I will be supporting in 4 years

But I absolutely agree, we will not find another Ron Paul, and he did set the bar high. I also think nothing is perfection in the world of politics. Take Kucinich, if I was in his district I would vote for him. Does he represent my views perfectly? No, but at least there would be someone working in congress on something I agree with (ie ending wars and cutting defense spending). If we have a few people working diligently and honestly on some of the things we can all agree on it is a hell of a lot better than what we have now.

sad state of affairs

when visiting israel is mandatory campaign ground and has been for at least the last 4 elections

what a weak, dim, and pitiful country we've become.

I agree. How did a foreign

I agree. How did a foreign government become so powerful in American politics?

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

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greed and in our gvt.
nothing more.
Israel must of been the highest bidder.
ironic thing is, Israel paid off our gvt with American tax dollars given them by our gvt.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

Rand Paul is OUR future.

Rand Paul is OUR future.

If the rank an favors him, he

If the rank and file favors him, he may actually win despite being rather close to his father on the issues.(obviously not exactly the same of course, but hes close; hes far and away much better than most other choices)

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Rand Paul will be judged

Rand Paul will be judged completely on his own merits. I don't vote because someone is black or a woman or Ron Paul's son.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

RAND PAUL 2016

NeoCon Bob Barr for Neo-Libertarian Dog Catcher

NeoCon Gary Johnson for Neo-Libertarian Vice Dog Catcher.

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Rand Paul

Nothing but a pos.

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ZFORCE.
Nothing but a BIGGER, SMELLIER POS!

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

Traitor

I wouldn't vote for Rand Paul even if he was only running for Ward Councilman. Damn traitor!

RPGF

GOOD! Rand doesnt want or

GOOD! Rand doesnt want or need your vote- .

Go stick your face up hillaries A$$.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

ahh back to the lesser of 2

ahh back to the lesser of 2 evil argument.

Ron Paul 2016

Gary Johnson 2016 or The

Gary Johnson 2016 or The Judge 2016 or someone please move to my town so you can take my pcp spot.

haha love the neg votes like that is going to change who i support in 2016, keep the negs coming will not change a damn thing.

I think i will endorse and support romney 2016, rand wouldn't mind he endorsed him.

Ron Paul 2016

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I'm all for Rand visiting Israel, West Bank and GAZA to see

what's going on there with his own eyes.

I just abhor his FALSE statement that “Israel is a democracy, one of the few true democracies in the Middle East". How does Rand justify the open-air prison treatment zionist Israeli government is forcing upon Palestinians? Is apartheid a democratic form of government?

Was Rand obliged to make such silly UNTRUE statement in exchange of the travel perks that Lane & Richard Roberts showered on him???

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Rand will come back and make a PUBLIC report to his constituents on what he has learned over there.
TPTB do not want Rand over there.
Rand may just upset the vile relationship Israel has going on with our gvt, and tell the American people the truth of what hes learned.

Rand is turning over the rocks they live under and has his nose into everything.
Wonder who he is listening to, and taking direction from?
I wonder!
GO RP 2016!!!
;)

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

But They Are A Democracy

And remember, democracy is not a good thing. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.

A majority of people have decided that a minority have less rights. Sounds like Democracy to me.

democracy?

more like a theocratic welfare state. And what qualifies as a "good ally" now?

agreed

"Israel is a democracy" part is a joke.

Politics...

but then why not 'fight fire with fire'?

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

STAY THERE YOU TRAITOR

STAY THERE YOU TRAITOR

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

shame on you

To talk like this at Christmas time to Ron Paul's son.

How would your words make Carol Paul feel?

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

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Make a thread apologizing for running the game on innocent DPers
and admit you were shilling for gary because you are a liberal- and havent a conservative bone in your body and some here may forgive you.
Posting about rand will NOT get you excused from what you have been up to.
Posting a truthful thread about your agenda the last 5 years, just may.
We know who you are, and you mine as well admit you are a cloaked libtard- and some here may just give you the direction you need and give you the help you need and are desperately seeking.
whether you realize this or not, we know, now admit EVERYTHING and apologize or continue along the road youre on.
Your choice.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

No shame on you! Eat your words.

Here are YOUR OWN WORDS slandering Dr Paul and Rand Shut the Hell Up!
You think you are going to slide right back in after the utter chaos you
caused on this board when we were campaigning for Paul? You attacked
Rand with a myriad of little snipes against him and Ron Paul and his
supporters in general for months on your idiotic Gary Johnson crusade.

LOL
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 06:56. Permalink

Why is Jesse Benton not out there helping out?

Rand Paul/Jesse Benton 2016
(sarcasm)

http://www.dailypaul.com/261969/the-door-is-open-for-rand-pa...

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Rand is Mr. zero
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 20:30. Permalink

Rand is finished.

http://www.dailypaul.com/261046/together-will-restore-the-bl...

republic#comment-2810117

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I do not demonize anti-GJ folks who are pure in their views
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 14:14. Permalink

--like your are.

I fight back defending my point of view against mostly Romney operatives on

this website.

Ron Paul said many times great things about GJ.

Was Ron Paul stupid to seek Gary Johnson endorsement in the spring of 2007?

Now I ask you to explain this.

Why did Ron Paul seek out this endorsement from him?

I will tell you why.

Because Gary Johnson in the spring of 2007 was a well known respected

freedom loving political figure and Dr. Ron Paul only raised pinuts for his

presidential run(at that time).

Go and lick Rand's boots.

I am for GJ who openly says 'kill the drones'!

http://www.dailypaul.com/261046/together-will-restore-the-bl...

republic#comment-2810218
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Vote down!
she has that choice...and so do you!
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 15:34. Permalink

Because Gary Johnson in the spring of 2007 was a well known respected

freedom loving political figure and Dr. Ron Paul only raised pinuts for his

presidential run(at that time).

Go and lick Rand's boots.

I am for GJ who openly says 'kill the drones'!

http://www.dailypaul.com/256705/video-romney-surrogate-rand-...

swing-states-on-cnbc#comment-2764631
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'Bomb Iran' Romney coming in 3rd place
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 10:10. Permalink

Will be a huge victory for the LM Liberty Movement.

Gary Johnson 2012 & 2016.
#Rand2016Fail

Calls Ron Paul A Cult Leader
http://www.dailypaul.com/261219/ron-paul-write-in-is-not-jus...

a-direct-attack-against-the-growth-of-the-liberty-movement#comment-2812035

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ecorob
Submitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 22:07. Permalink

you represent the anti-liberty "rp-cult"
I have a question for you:

since your cult leader can't win why do you fight against someone who

wants to cut the Pentagon by 43% as prez?

You are not We The People LL you are more like a foreign agent up to no

good as usual.Stay out of our politics you are not wanted or needed

here.~Pollman

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

No kidding, huh? I saw all of

No kidding, huh? I saw all of that too. He was the biggest basher of Ron and Rand Paul when he pushed GJ on us Americans, from his chair in his mother's basement up there in Canada. Now all of a sudden he's defending him? Not an ounce of consistency or integrity.

Blessings )o(

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LL is trying to go where the wind blows and seems to think posting threads about Rand will raise its popularity.

NOT!

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

huh?

how could be bash ron paul and be for johnson? both men admire each other and agree from what i've been seeing more than ron and rand do.

on gary johnson ron has said: "i think he's wonderful and doing a great job"
and johnson calls himself a ron paul revolutionary.

lacking in common sense from my POV. oh well, lots of craziness on these forums, and a lot of good stuff too: that's why i keep coming back.

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what was ron supposed to say?
He said this ONCE and ONLY because he was asked about GJ!
Ron would not share a stage with GJ and that ALONE speaks volumes. Ron is friends with everyone, but that does not mean he agrees with or even likes them. He was asked a question ONE time and libtards milk Rons response for MONTHS and MONTHS!!! How typical.
Ron mentioned GJ ONE TIME and ONLY ONE TIME!
In 25 years, ONE TIME!
and did so, ONLY BECAUSE HE WAS ASKED.

Ron is a class act and wont say anything bad about anyone.
\BUT I WILL.

GJ is a FUKIN RETARD

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016