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Rand Paul Endorses Mitch McConnell in 2014 Senate Race, Won't Back Tea Party Challenge

Patrick Howley | March 27, 2013 | Daily Caller

The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader.

“Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller.

Benton, who has worked for both Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is credited by insiders with brokering Paul’s support for McConnell.

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Exactly right! Rand respects our ability to think for ourselves.

Every other mainstream politician relies of Fox News and the media to tell Republican masses how to vote.

Our man Rand is very different.

He shows Hannity respect even though Rand knows that we know he despises that man.

He is playing their game of guiding the ignorant masses around better than them.

McConnell is only a friend

McConnell is only a friend until he re-wins his nomination.

Getting Rand's nomination doesn't get him my support.

He needs to do a little more to make up for that bank bailout bill he passed.

First, McConnell has to do more about gun control, as in lack of it, both in the Senate and in Kentucky. Kentucky is a big gun rights State, but wouldn't you know that we have encroachment there too, despite it being a right in our constitution?

We need a firearms freedom act like from the State of Montana.

We need restoration of rights for everyone not under a current sentence; and an act specifically against that onerous domestic violence law - which in the State of Kentucky is now undefined - since it conflicts with our State constitution, and the federal law doesn't define what domestic violence is - It leaves it to State laws, but some States have constitutions that prevent them from passing such laws).

We need to attract some of those gun manufacturers to our State.

We need a few other things.

I want to see McConnell use his connections in the State to get that. If he does that, I'll believe it's a campaign that is more than balloons and fluff.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

"Getting Rand's nomination doesn't get him my support."

Nor should it, nor (I believe) does Rand expect it will. What (I believe) Rand expects the endorsement to produce is more support for Rand's agenda in the Senate from Mitch.

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

And I was at the Kentucky GOP

And I was at the Kentucky GOP State convention this year*, and was on the phone during the bank bailout to McConnell office.

Getting Rand's endorsement is meaningless to me. I want to see McConnell DO something. I've seen him not do things plenty. Like vote for the most massive theft in our history to bailout banksters. If he never does anything, maybe he should step aside.

* As a spectator. We got screwed at this convention too - and McConnell was leading the establishment.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Can any of these people be trusted? Tea Party or Rand.

I don't know if Rand can be trusted, but as far as I am concerned, the tea party was infiltrated by and corrupted by the mainstream republican party. Didn't the tea party endorse that younger guy from Pennsylvania that despised Ron Paul?

Larry in North Carolina
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to not support Ron Paul!

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"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life."
- John F Kennedy

donvino

So what is next? Rand endorsing Lindsey Graham?

Anything is possible.

Mitch is his mentor in the

Mitch is his mentor in the Senate and obviously from the same state...is this really a surprise?

Rand is fighting and working hard every day for libertarian principles, we should be happy not shortsighted.

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The RanDelusionalists make up more than 60% of the Troll + Shill

Population on the DP in order to Divide Co opt and take our eyes off the many Constitutional Republicans that are Running for office all over the USA Supported by former Ron Paul Delegates and signed out members.Notice how they will down vote the Ron Paul Republicans (even slander Ron Paul)but will not upvote the forum...Anyways thats my first and last comment on the DP regarding rand small...Let the down votes commence...

BAZZA MAC

Bazza - the problem is - you go off on a rant

and then forget to mention one single person. If you want people to focus on those Constitutional Republicans - perhaps enlighten us to their names - preferably the ones in Kentucky - as it would be quite meaningful to the conversation.

Novice candidate Leah Cole,12th District Essex Massachusetts,

Endorsed by Ron Paul.Election april 2nd...

BAZZA MAC

So you'll be supporting

So you'll be supporting someone in 2016 who will not crack 1% of the national vote then, right?

Its their vote, who gives a

Its their vote, who gives a shit?

By that logic...

...we shouldn't try to persuade anyone to vote a certain way. But isn't that the whole point of politics? You decide who you want to win, and then you try to convince others to vote for that person: via TV ads, direct mailings, knocking on doors, personal chats, etc.

Your position seems to be, "I'll vote how I want, and I don't care how anyone else votes." That means you don't care about the outcome, in which case why do you vote at all? Is it just mental masturbation? To make yourself feel better?

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

I appreciate the reply but

I appreciate the reply but you are wrong on your assesment of my opinion, mainly because you came to your conclusion without any actual evidence or knowledge to my stance on the issue.
Should we not try to persuade people? Of course we should, and I've worked very hard at doing so. To assume that I don't care about the outcome of our elections is nonsense. The point is, our individual vote is just that, ours to give to those that we feel is best suited for the position. What you've said is that I shouldn't bother voting for the person I think is best for the job if I don't think they can win. Then why have we been supporting Dr. Paul for so long? Regardless of whether or not the person I vote for garnishes 1% or 100% of the vote, I vote for the person that I hope to win. By your reply I have to assume that you voted for Romney because of the potential outcome of the collective votes. But you didn't vote Romney did you? I will vote for the person that I want to win and everybody else should do the same, that's the point isn't it?
So, you're correct in your first paragraph but your completely off on the second. I've been supporting Dr. Paul since 2007. I've met him which was a great honor.I've gone so far as to have the R3volution logo tattooed on my arm. I've also been a member of my states Libertarian Party's executive committee and I'm still closely affiliated, as a matter of fact I'm hosting the next meeting. And yes, I voted for Gary Johnson knowing full well he wouldn't win, but either was Dr. Paul with a write in. So, what was I supposed to do in that situation? Write in Ron Paul knowing he wouldn't win which is the mental masturbation or feel good vote, or vote for GJ knowing he couldn't win because I felt he was a better candidate than Romney or Obama? Or should I have voted for Romney when I didn't want either of them to win? I chose to vote for the person I felt best suited for the job and I worked to progress the party that I'm affiliated with. I don't feel bad or wrong about doing so either. The only point that I was trying to convey is that a persons vote is theirs and theirs alone. No person or group is entitled to another persons vote.

"without any actual evidence or knowledge to my stance"

I'm just going by what you said. You said who cares about how others vote. But how others vote is what determines the election outcome, correct? Therefore, if you don't care how others vote, it follows logically that you don't care about the outcome of the election. If that's not what you believe, then fine, but that's what you said. Chalk it up to miscommunication.

"What you've said is that I shouldn't bother voting for the person I think is best for the job if I don't think they can win."

I didn't say that. However, that is my opinion, more or less. Sometimes there is value in voting for a candidate even if you know he can't win - to make a statement of some kind. But, I consider that a last resort. For example, I voted for Gary Johnson in the general election, but only because there was no more viable alternative. But if you have the option of voting for a good liberty candidate with a chance to win, or a perfect liberty candidate with no chance to win, that's a no-brainer - don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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

So you and I both voted for

So you and I both voted for Gary Johnson. I think you and I are on the same page here. Like you said, chalk it up to miscommunication. I've been around here long enough to know that you're an intelligent person. I don't disagree with what you've said, maybe just how you interpretted what I said. So let's agree to....agree.

"So let's agree to....agree."

I can agree to that. :-)

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

A republican endorses a

A republican endorses a fellow republican.

More at 11.

Collapse never felt so good.

Especially when we have an unprincipled Rand reciting the colors of whatever floats the popular boats.

Please....read CICERO's words you fools.

I stand with RonPaul not Rand.

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"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

I cant find one word of this from Rand's mouth

“Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller.

Google "Rand Paul says he endorses McConnell" Not a single quote from Rand anywhere.

“In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

Mark Twain

A Bitter Pill

But thanks to the filibuster, Rand has nudged a lot of of the GOP towards Liberty. McConnell's voting record wasn't terribly bad, all things considered, and now he's beholden to the Liberty movement if he gets re-elected. Count this as a win, we got another one in our corner. YES, politics sucks sometimes; that's the way of the world. McConnell is savvy enough to know which way the winds are blowing, he's a career pol, and we got him by the short hairs...so he can be trusted to give his support in the future. Instead of sweating McConnell, let's go after McCain and Graham. It would be political SUICIDE for Rand to endorse a challenger over an incumbent. He's playing it smart.

“Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.”
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One hope left

I think its possible after his emails and phones melt down tonight Rand does a 180 and walks this back.

“In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

Mark Twain

DP since '07. I

DP since '07. I StandWithRand.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

DP since 07. I stand with

DP since 07. I stand with RON.

As if the two were mutually exclusive

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

I was just playing, relax.

I was just playing, relax.

Goes without saying I Stand

Goes without saying I Stand With Ron.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

do you also

switch with Mitch?

As in switch your principles when it suits you.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

I don't support McConnell, I

I don't support McConnell, I StandWithRand.
As Dr Paul says don't compromise principals form coalitions.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams