Rollcall - Rand Paul getting early start on 2016 POTUS during Obama inauguralSubmitted by joeinmo on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 17:46
Looks like Rand talking with campaign donors in South Carolina
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is taking a pass on next week’s crowded inaugural festivities in order to attend a much more intimate gathering: The Monday Meeting, a closed-door, off-the-record gathering of top conservatives in South Carolina.
The Monday Meeting, called a “cabal” by New York media outlets, moved from the Big Apple to Charleston, S.C., with its co-founder, conservative businessman and political activist Mallory Factor, in 2006. Paul’s office confirmed he will be in South Carolina on Jan. 21 for the meeting.
So while the president, vice president, dignitaries and other senior senators convene in Statuary Hall for a lavish lunch, Paul will be schmoozing with conservatives in a state most GOP presidential hopefuls — as Paul is rumored to be — see as crucial. South Carolina hosts the first-in-the-South presidential primary and is viewed as key to those who want to win the GOP nomination.