CSMonitor: Rand Paul for president? Tours Iowa & Other Key Primary States+Video - May 11, 2013Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 20:01
Rand Paul for president? Why else is he in Iowa? (+video)
US Sen. Rand Paul is making a splash in Iowa this weekend, and he'll soon visit New Hampshire and South Carolina. Can the libertarian-tinged maverick Republican successfully run for president?
By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / May 11, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., greats supporters after speaking at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sen. Paul opened his presidential exploration tour with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand. Photo: Matthew Holst/AP
He hasn’t announced it as such, but Sen. Rand Paul is taking major steps to launch a 2016 presidential bid.
This weekend he’s in Iowa, to be followed by trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina – early and important states in the Republican race to choose a nominee.
Like his father before him – retired US Rep. Ron Paul (R) of Texas, who ran for the White House three times – Sen. Paul of Kentucky leans libertarian, which raises two important questions about his future:
Can he generate the enthusiastic, loyal following his father did over the years – mostly younger idealists geared to flood the primary/caucus season?
Iowa Republicans wary of, intrigued by Rand Paul
Kentucky senator to deliver speech at party's Lincoln Dinner today
May 10, 2013
Republican celebrity Rand Paul arrives in Iowa today, offering the tantalizing potential of a possible presidential aspirant who could bridge Iowa’s warring GOP factions — or please none of them.
“He’s the most fascinating guy in politics today in America,” said David Carney, a New Hampshire-based longtime GOP strategist. “But on widespread appeal, I think the jury’s out.”
For some Iowa Republicans, Rand Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky – not to be confused with his father, Ron Paul – embodies a bundle of contradictions.
** Note: Keep an eye on this Theo-Con character: Cary Gordon; could be another Steve Deace/Frothy. Please, correct me if I'm wrong, if you're from Iowa. This is what he said in the above Gannett article:
One evangelical conservative, Cary Gordon, a Sioux City minister, had this to say, more than 600 days before Iowans are expected to cast the nation’s first votes in the next presidential election: “He’s tried too hard to please too many people on too many issues. I can’t support him. He’s got too many contradictions for me.”
** Right... because in the last 50yrs, unless their last name was "Paul," plus a few of his associates, most in GOP haven't been neon-blinking crazy-loon walking contradictions? Really? Since when has GOP ever been paragons of virtue, or real principally consistent conservatives, for that matter?
Parallel universe, this Cary Gordon must be from.
Rand speaking at the Lincoln Day Dinner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:
Rand Paul "There's TWO New Injury Codes Under ObamaCare For Injuries Sustained From A Turtle!"
Published on May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013 C-SPAN