Rand Paul Meets With Grassroots Activists in South CarolinaSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:40
By Sarah Mimms // June 28, 2013 | 4:00 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2013 | 4:02 p.m.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is taking the opportunity to build on the grassroots organization his father established in his two presidential runs, during his first trip to South Carolina today. As he has during other early primary and caucus state stops, Paul has schedule private meetings with grassroots activists, in addition to a few high-profile events with Republican donors.
After attending a $1,500-a-plate luncheon with top donors this morning, Paul sat down with activists, including Richard Cash, a businessman who recently launched a primary bid against one of Paul's colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham. "My father certainly has a lot in common with Sen. Paul and admires him," his son and manager Caleb Cash said, though he added that the meeting was not indicative of an endorsement on either side.
This afternoon, Paul will stop in Columbia, where he is scheduled to meet with several grassroots leaders, including a few members of his father's Palmetto State team from last cycle. Dr. Mike Vasoski, who chaired former Rep. Ron Paul's campaign in the state last year, is among them. The elder Paul came in a disappointing fourth place in the state's primary, but this time, Vasoski says, the grassroots are ready. And they won't allow another candidate to drop into the race and co-opt the movement, the way former Speaker Newt Gingrich did in 2012. "That's not going to happen again," Vasoski said.