Rand Paul finds resistance in the GOPSubmitted by P. Nicholson on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 12:35
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul leads the Republican presidential field in at least one national poll and in surveys in New Hampshire and Iowa.
But Paul is getting a lot of push-back in his own party from would-be presidents, former would-be presidents and others who find his smaller-government, smaller-American-footprint-in-the-world messages at the least offensive and at worst dangerous.
It is not too much to say that Paul is becoming the focus of the ferocious debate within the GOP over its vision and future. And that puts the junior senator from the Bluegrass State on a collision course with other rising figures in the party like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as with party leaders like Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee.