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NY Times: McConnell Stands With (and Raises Money Off) Rand Paul

After opposing his bid for Kentucky’s Republican Senate nomination in 2010, Senator Mitch McConnell is ready to Stand with Rand, Paul that is. Oh, and he’d like you to join Team Mitch while you’re at it.

In a fund-raising e-mail from Team Mitch, Mr. McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign, the Republican leader showered praise on Mr. Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, for his 13-hour filibuster last week of President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John O. Brennan. Mr. McConnell, of course, had to slip in his own role in helping Mr. Paul through the ordeal, a brief appearance in the guise of an extended question that gave his fellow Kentuckian a break.

“After a busy night, I checked CSPAN around 10 p.m. to see a fatigued but determined Senator Paul continuing to fight his heart out on the floor. My staff, who had been in constant contact with Sen. Paul’s staff, told me they were focused on speaking past midnight, which was still two hours away. I wanted to help,” Mr. McConnell wrote in the fund-raising e-mail. “So, at 10:30 p.m., I came back to the Capitol to do what I am asking you to do today: I came back to Stand with Rand.”

In addition, he slipped in, “I hope you’ll help Team Mitch today.”

For Mr. McConnell, the embrace of his junior partner is a reversal on two fronts: politics and policy. Mr. McConnell in 2010 had backed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in his battle against a political neophyte ophthalmologist and Tea Party favorite, Mr. Paul. In the last days of the campaign, Mr. Paul refused to say whether he would back Mr. McConnell as Republican leader in the next Senate. Mr. Paul trounced Mr. McConnell’s candidate.

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I Don't Like or Trust Him!

His voting record speaks for itself. He voted for passing the fiscal cliff bill. And, I don't trust Ron Paul's ex campaign manager working for Mitch.

But can he stand with his voting record?

http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/53298/mitch-mcconnell

Dec. 28, 2012
HR 5949
FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea

Dec. 21, 2012
HR 4310
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea

Nov. 29, 2012
S Amdt 3018
Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Nay
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Besides, Rand's Record shows Mitch McConnell did not stand with him or for the American People on those issues: http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/117285/rand-paul

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Weak

I watched a lot of the questioners talk in the evening. Mitch McConnell CLEARLY had little understanding of what Rand was doing and why. Most of the questioners' questions were "Am I understanding your question of the President correctly?", and then described the question Rand was asking the President to answer. Mitch's understanding of the question lacked detail and conviction. It was obvious he was out of his league.

Everyone together now!!!!

Jesse! Jesse! Jesse! Jesse!

Rand can spare a few dollars now that he's found a honeypot..

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/karl-rove-dismisses-tea-party-bac...

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Yes! I will help McConnell

Yes! I will help McConnell when tigers change their spots.... Dream on team Mitch typical pandering won't work on this group. Your coach should know that. You will find Benton to be a greater liability than an asset in 2014. I hope Ol'Kentuck can find a liberty guy to go up against McConnell.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

McConnell will go with whatever way the wind is blowing

The real enemies are John McCain and Lindsay Graham.

McConnell is no threat to Liberty, but not a friend of Liberty either.

Came here to say this

Its easy to bash him, but lets just remain apathetic to his help.

I watched a Basketball game recently

one team didn't have enough players so the other coach sent 1 of his 2 sons to play for the difficient team. Guess what, the boy played pretty good for the other team until it came to the wire. Guess where his allegiance was? His dad's team. That is what a traitor does. Plays along until a critical time and then puts a stab in the back. So yes, lets be glad Senator McConnell went and put on a show to Stand with Rand, but let's look at his voting record:

Dec. 28, 2012
HR 5949
FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea

Dec. 21, 2012
HR 4310
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea

Nov. 29, 2012
S Amdt 3018
Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Nay

and ask, where DOES he stand?

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meh

everyone's raising money off it, that's what they do. I give him a shred of credit for actually going up and voting against cloture (i never checked to see if he did). He wants to win his seat again, so pushing for legalizing hemp in kentucky and standing with rand here is a good thing.

This is Mcconnell supporting rand by going RAND's Way, not the other.

https://twitter.com/#!/Agonzo1

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Who falls for this crap?

After a busy night, I checked CSPAN around 10 p.m. to see a fatigued but determined Senator Paul continuing to fight his heart out on the floor. My staff, who had been in constant contact with Sen. Paul’s staff, told me they were focused on speaking past midnight, which was still two hours away. I wanted to help.

Seriously. Does anyone read that in an email from Mitch and say, OMG! Mitch is so great because he supports Rand.

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Seriously.

Then again, I met others here who thought Ron Paul actually wrote his own fundraising emails, so... I guess anything (and everything) is possible.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts