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Benton: "Gosh, it was such a stupid thing to say. I have no idea why I said it." - Video

Update: Rand Paul Responds

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Campaign manager Jesse Benton said Friday he does not agree with what he told a political activist in January, that he was "sort of holding my nose for two years" as he manages Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign.

The secretly recorded phone conversation was released on a political website late Wednesday.

"It was just such a stupid thing to say," Benton told WHAS11 News. "I'm not sure quite why I said it. (I was) talking to a hard core Ron Paul supporter that - I guess they don't quite understand what we're trying to build here."


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jeffjeffjeff's picture

Steer clear from Benton if you truely stand for Liberty

I hope this convinces the Rand Paul campaign to distance themselves from Benton.

jeffjeffjeff's picture

You made your bed (now lie in

You made your bed (now lie in it)

I think that the Rand Paul supporter who recorded and released

this was a jerk.

IF we want Rand Paul elected in 2016, we will not be able to do it in a vacuum. You NEED political alliances. That's the nature of politics.

If Jesse Benton is building a useful bridge for us, then more power to him.

Sometimes I swear that Liberty people just don't get it. If WE want to win any elections, we have to get some of THEIR people to VOTE for us.

Mitch = Witch !!! ha, ha!!!!

Did anyone else notice in the video how Mitch was reflected backwards to spell witch? I thought that was hilarious!

Overall, I hope this blows over as I see the big picture. Rand wants McConnell's infrastructure for 2016. Nevertheless, I really could care less for Benton and it's soooo funny watching him squirm in this awkward moment!

Only a hard-core RonPauler could pull this off! ha,ha.


What a lying douchebag this person is. You almost have us believe that you really support the cause of the Tea Party n Ron Paul movement. And still you got the balls to say that this is for Rand Paul for 2016. That is why you have to tell the truth so you don't have to remember all your lies. No damage control can erase the TRUTH.

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Jessie should and is losing credability

He is a traitor and took money from all of us. He is a government shill. So is Rand Paul. He is a traitor to his fathers cause. Both are family members. I feel for Ron who has been betrayed by his own choices. I think Benton was a plant. I hope the republican and democratic party both rot in hell. They will sooner or later all be thrown in Jail for their evil and greedy deeds. I think all those who are stealing from us will pay the price like Benton is now.

I Hate

this prick, he is such a lying scum, whether he was lying to the Ron Paul supporter or to MM, it's disgusting no one should support him in any way.

What a DUMB cluck!

The guy doesn't even know how to do believeable damage control. What he should have said was, "Yeah, when I had this phone conversation I didn't like MM, but I knew I could help Rand by getting on board with MM's operation. Now, that I've worked with MM for the past year, I've come to really admire the man, & can't believe how wrong I was about him in the past. This phone call, if anything, just causes me to realize how far I've come & how hard I need to work so that the electorate comprehends just what a superb US Senator MM has been & how important it is to elect him."

That's what Benton should have said. I'm constantly amazed at these political "experts" who don't know how to dig themselves out of a hole.

Glad to see someone remembering Maine's treatment. I talked about Benton's treatment of the disenfranchised delegates elsewhere on this site.


Thats gonna sting!!!

I can't help but snicker at this.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

This guy has become toxic to

This guy has become toxic to every ones campaign other than the opponents.

At the least when Rand endorsed Mitts rand was sticking to his word. Something that appears meaningless to Benton.

Rand needs to be careful of the company he keeps. Jack Hunter and now Benton. They have become liabilities.

The truth will find you out.

You can't speak out of both sides of your mouth forever and not expect to get caught. This incident sheds light on to the part of Jesse's character that many people in the liberty movement have already seen.

As much as I dislike McConnell, you should not talk behind someone's back in that way. That's one aspect to Ron's character that I have always admired. He stuck to the issues. Jesse's lack of respect for those he says he serves points to the fact that he is most likely only self serving.

Hey Benton remember Maine?

when you told the delegates who were thrown out not to cry like babies? i hope you fail you dishonest piece of crap!

Bottom line we are hard core about protecting liberty.

When we see liberty agendas thwarted or even discredited for the some other greater good we say no.

Maybe some find it hard to believe we can swim with sharks and teach them not to be sharks?

We are not chumps willing to be chum.

Only a few can safely swim in those waters. Dr Ron Paul was blessed with an insight into what ails the American economy.

Liberty is his prescription for prosperity.

Be there and be square.

Free includes debt-free!

Was Jesse "Show Me The Money" Benton....

.... a fifth column in Ron Paul's 2012 White House bid? I think I will not contribute to Rand Paul 2016 if Jesse Benton becomes the campaign manager.

Ed Rombach

I'm with you on that. Not a

I'm with you on that. Not a dime!

True colors shine through!

True colors shine through! What a tool!

Shall we conspire to leave the upvote at +13

We are free to.

Free includes debt-free!

this getting coverage is bad

this getting coverage is bad for rands chances in 2016


only bad for rand if jesse has any role in his campaign.

theyknow hes family, they

theyknow hes family, they know he was rands campaign manager in 2010, and they know if rand doesnt use him this time its to try and avoid issues like this. They will point all that out and still use it against rand somehow.


i can only laugh

Some people think turning into Machiavelli is classy

assuming the world is too dumb to comprehend your message. those folks can kindly fugoff

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

BS Detector Translation:

Let us run Mr. Benton's words through the Poli-2000-BS-Translator:

Result:I was talkin' to a hard core Ron Paul supporter (who just confronted me with evidence of a paper trail that could land me in hot water) so I tried to pander to his political leanings as a show of how "loyal" to the cause (of enriching myself) I really am.

I mean I will say anything in order to protect my rear-end, and that allows me to continue to fleece money from the Liberty Movement and traditional right-wing conservatives, so duh lying for immediate gain is totally acceptable."

Poli200-BS-Translation of Jesse Benton

I don't see how McConnell's

I don't see how McConnell's campaign survives this. The fact that he actually wants to retain Benton as his campaign manager after this shows incredible weakness. If his tea party challenger is competent, McConnell is probably done in the primary.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Gosh, Jesse, how can you tell?

Like finding a particular drop of oil on a dipstick.

Lookit, Senator Mitch

Lookit, Senator Mitch McConnell was a very bad man for our country in his past. If Mitch wants to go to his grave knowing mosts people in our country think he is a piece of s*hit, that's his business.

If McConnell wants to earn a noble place in history for himself and his family like the Paul's have, he better start speaking and doing the things that will win us over. Otherwise Mitch McConnell can rot in hell.




"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

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Because you are a stupid man.

Stupid men say stupid things.

Its a damn good thing you are Ron Paul's grand son-in-law else you would be flipping burgers!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

A moment of honesty. Embrace

A moment of honesty. Embrace it and rejoin the Ron Paul Crew.

"Forgive and forget" is for

"Forgive and forget" is for suckers.