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VOGUE: Could Republican Senator Rand Paul Win the White House?

by Jason Horowitz | photographed by Jonathan Becker

On a sunny Saturday in July, Rand Paul and his wife, Kelley Ashby, are taking a long drive across Kentucky horse country. When their white SUV, bearing a “Stand with Rand” sticker on the rear windshield, pulls up to a small political rally in rural St. Catharine, the state’s junior senator climbs out with pursed lips, mussed hair, and a generally weary look on his otherwise boyish face. A bluegrass band strikes up a tune, and Paul gets into character, which is to say, he acts exactly the same as when he lumbered out of the car or, for that matter, stopped on the road for pretzels.

“Well, hello,” Paul says mildly to one attendee. “I think I’ve been to your house before.” A supporter approaches to congratulate Paul on the “fine job” he did during his blockbuster filibuster in March, when he railed against President Obama’s use of drones for nearly thirteen uninterrupted hours on the Senate floor.

“My feet hurt for days,” Paul deadpans.


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If Rand wins ...

I will buy a luxury sofa lol


perhaps the one at the 2:08 mark :)


War is being declared on the

War is being declared on the people in top leadership positions. It's becoming very clear who our real enemies with names are. TV MSM is now irrelevant in the protection of these people. New leaders with integrity are emerging very quickly to replace the dead wood.

Keep crowd sourcing and using the internet to spread truth and kill the trolls.

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Pretty decent, as MSM articles go. This part is definitely true

"He has a magnetism well suited to the sweep of his ambition".


Really nice article. Not to mention encouraging.

It makes me want to subscribe to Vogue -- and to think I thought it was only about womens' style.

Anyway, it is a way to 2014 but I am beginning to hope again.

Who would have thought that the Democrats -- given a ticket in 2008 that COULD have locked up politics for the next forty years in the aftermath of the criminal behavior of the Bush administration -- would have immediately proceeded to foul their own nest so enthusiastically and publicly??

Anyway, I loved the story and I appreciate Vogue for writing it without the all-too-normal political bias we see in our politicized and corrupted print media.

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28

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Good article

I especially liked "The couple is trying to pass the old libertarian religion down to the next generation". I hope to do the same.

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

Sad, though.

Two replies to the only response, were not nice, at all! Thing about online talk. People have a tendency to a mean streak, when not restricted to civil discourse. Then again, most that read this "magazine" are not going to sign up for any libertarian thinking. They, like the parties, are into complete control! No room for stupid things like liberty and free thinking. They did not mention his strong stance on abortion! So, like the responder, I agree. They played nice!


I don't think we could have asked for a better "human interest" type story about Rand and his family. Thank you Mr. Horowitz!

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

Good article to share with Dems and swing voters

Who hate Obama on privacy/spying/Syria.

They will be swayed by this Vogue piece.

um... O - M - G! Fifty. Yes, Five Zero, and she

looks like she's in her mid-30's late-20's & Rand looks like a young boy with gray hair and some weathered wrinkles! What's their secret?

It was during his 1989 surgery internship at the Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta that he met Kelley—at a backyard oyster roast. Her date had left her at the party, which gave Paul an opening. “I kind of blew him off a little bit because I thought he was about eighteen,” she says, joining our conversation in the Pauls’ living room. The courtship survived competition from other suitors, and even a me-or-her ultimatum from Kelley, which she delivered in a surprise visit to his hospital cafeteria. Paul remembers her wearing a “cocktail dress and heels.” She describes it simply as “a really killer outfit.”

Kelley gives the famously dour senator something more than merely a pretty image-softener. The 50-year-old mother of three is an impassioned defender of her husband and his ideas. But she’ll also speak her own mind. While her husband jokes that his “gut feeling” that Hillary Clinton will not run for president is a good thing since “all the polls show her trouncing any opponents,” Kelley practically cuts him off to say that Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as First Spouse. “I would say his behavior was predatory, offensive to women,” she tells me.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

not to be superficial..

but Rand and Ms. Kelly look awesome together. A good looking pair of people. The electorate, like it or not, like people to look Presidential.

This article was pretty spot on. Hardly any snark and stuck to the facts. Didn't praise Rand or knock him, just told it like it is.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

good looking, that they are .D

that said, this part of the scribe's blurb is wholly obnoxious:

Her position on the board of Helping a Hero, a charity that builds houses for wounded war veterans, helps insulate Paul from charges that his aversion to military conflict translates into a lack of interest in America’s soldiers.

the scribe wrote that AS IF to allude, that the only reason why they're involved in those charities is solely for political expediency.

It's like WHY THE HELL do they need to do this?


It's literally AS IF it'd be a stain on their collar, if they DON'T put a little knock in, or spin something when writing about the Pauls!

Rhetorical, but still: I truly don't 'get' them.

Now, yes, I do 'get' that unless they're ordered to, or wholly dumb, the only reason why they'd write this way is only because the scribes themselves are a bunch of gutless pansy insecure, douchebags who cannot fathom that good people do good things, simply because they're simply good-hearted.

but I'm sure MSM-scribes will grow some ethical conscience...overnight because it's the right thing to do...

LOL...er.. yeah.

Arhghgh how I hate these MSM scums! rarrhrhr, meow, meow.

Okay, vented ;0)

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul


Ive just learned to take it all with a grain of salt. The only time I get pissed is when the pundits or media plays the race card against Jack Hunter, Ron or Rand.

That still pisses me off.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

yup, thus my

arghthghgrrr, followed by meow meow xD

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

It would seem that anybody

It would seem that anybody can win the White House if that's who the power house wants in. Obama and a long string of others proved that.

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I thought the article ended strangely

and I didn't like the "isolationist" comment. But otherwise is was fairly flattering of Rand. Cool pic of Rand and his son on the first page. They both are squinting and look exactly alike except for the years. It's kinda like looking back in time at a younger Rand.

There's another page -

keep reading...

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

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I have it ending where he says he's not good a making furniture

it seemed weird.

This is huge!

If magazine like Vogue makes such a long article about Rand Paul we are truly winning. Nothing like this happened to Ron Paul; except one article on Esquire.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

good article

Good article and insight into Rand Paul from someone who is not in tune with his politics.