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GOP donors pledge to 'take down' Rand Paul if he comes close to winning nomination

Zeke J Miller
March 31, 2014

A group of Republican donors is pledging to stop the tea party favorite from winning the 2016 presidential nomination because of his more non-interventionist views on foreign policy

LAS VEGAS—Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is hard at work laying the groundwork for an almost-certain presidential campaign in 2016, but as he broadens his support among libertarian and younger voters, there’s a budding counter-campaign to take him down if he becomes a threat to actually win the nomination.

At the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas this weekend, Paul was nowhere to be found, but his presence was felt in the form of a straw man—and frequent worry. Speaker after speaker, from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, laid into Paul’s more isolationist views on foreign policy beliefs. They never mentioned the lawmaker by name, but the message came across loud and clear.


On the margins of the conference, where attendees heard from four potential 2016 candidates who advocated for a strong American foreign policy and support for Israel, five donors huddled with a reporter pledged to reach into their deep pockets to ensure Paul doesn’t win the GOP nomination.

“The best thing that could happen is Ted Cruz and Rand Paul run and steal each others’ support,” said one of the donors, “but if not, we’ll be ready to take Paul down.”

Several prominent GOP donors at the conference suggested that Adelson, who spent more than $100 million backing Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in 2012, is likely to spend vast sums against Paul if he appears to be well positioned in the Republican primaries. Adelson’s spending is largely motivated by his strong concern for Israel, and Paul’s positions are may well put a target on his back.


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1st reaction - wow, Time magazine still exists?

after getting over that, I thought it was funny that non-interventionists can be characterized as naïve. Most nations in the world are non-interventionist, and the idea that the USA can maintain a huge military indefinitely is financially naïve, me thinks. Or maybe we will just be the modern day Sparta for as long as we can, where our biggest industry is death dealing.

Adelson is an embarrassment

He should be kicked off U.S. soil.

Israeli soil too for that matter, not a popular figure over there either.

I'll just vote Libertarian unless

republicans nominate Rand or Justin.. Nothing ever changes I've voted Libertarian since 88..

My parents lifelong republicans will never vote republican again after the crap the Bush republicans pulled -I'll guess many feel the same way too -in fact it's so bad I don't even see the rigging of votes helping the repugs anymore..

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

I just vote down Granger anymore...

...without even reading her anti-liberty rants.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

How Noble of you!!!

While I may not agree with everyone on everything to down vote simply because of that reason is really small of you!! "Thank you Ron Paul for making me a better person". Really? Think about it!! Just who do you think you are? You must be really proud of yourself!!

Drive by down votes. Not

Drive by down votes. Not cool. And what does this have to do with the post?

God how I hate republicans anymore.

I'm speaking of establishment republicans but the very name itself implies they are the great majority.

And nothihg has fundementally changed in that party even after all the hard work Ron Paul (and we) did during his 2 campaigns.

If they do this to Rand I will work to damage the GOP in any way I can.

As far as I'm concerned - even though Rand is only about half as good as his father, he's still the GOP'S only hope of attracting most of us (Libertarians, Independents, Tea Party, Constitutionalists, REAL Conservatives etc).

And without us they will easily LOSE to Hillary.

But of course, even Hillary would be a better choice for president than Rand for these GOP establishment RATS.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

The Republican Jewish Coalition


And they are fighting against liberty and peace?

No wonder people think we're antisemitic.

That's just a BS name they slap on it so you can't criticize...

...their war-mongering plans.

It's quite frankly insulting to a Jewish person like myself. They don't represent "Jewish" anything.

I remember Ron Paul was the only congressman to vote against sanctions on Israel in 1981, after they bombed Iraqi nuke sites.
Republicans and Democrats together, just like the ones who "support Israel" today, voted to sanction Israel for disobeying their corporate MIC masters, yet Ron Paul was the lone US representative to say "they're a sovereign nation and it's none of our business".

Ron Paul's positions of non-interventionism and war only by congressional declaration are the same today.
And the Republicans (and Democrats) who are lobbied by the MIC to keep all sides of the mid-east conflict well funded and in power (foreign aid) hold their same positions too.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

I will vote for Rand Paul... and Valerie Plame for VP

Or the judge... or amash... or even Ron Paul for VP. That would be bad azzzzed!

When did common sense become a super power? –Patrick F. Holman

and 100 million didn't help songbird mccain or flip flop mit

They don't need it... they just need their media slaves to rinse and repeat their lies and propaganda. Let's all start contacting the news agencies with the threat of a blitz of calls and emails that will stop them in their tracks... we did it before we can do it again.

When did common sense become a super power? –Patrick F. Holman

It won them the nomination

It won them the nomination though.

Sounds like an endorsement to me!

Right on target.

Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

What is Adelsons connection

What is Adelsons connection with Israel and the MIC?

He’s an extremist neocon to the right of AIPAC

If I called him an extremist Zionist, I get accused of being anti-Semitic. He is nonetheless at the very extreme periphery of the most radical Zionist elements and has wanted bombs dropped on Iran for years; even broke with AIPAC in 2007 when it supported economic aid to the Palestinians.

Like Norman Podhoretz, another Zionist elitist who is ‘prestigiously’ awarded in the Zionist community for his involvement in Israel’s affairs, he would just as soon have the U.S. bomb Iran now than have Israel do it. Podhoretz: video 1:15 minutes….”I think the United States can do it…..it would be better if the United States did it than if Israel were involved.” An Adelson-backed puppet in the WH would be such a dark slip into global tyranny, I cannot imagine the outcome.


Adelson now owns all Hebrew media in Israel.

He is a close friend and backer of Netanyahu and has recently bought out the Hebrew media group he doesn't already own. If the legal challenge fails, as it most certainly will, then he will have control of what Israelis read every day.


Since Israel controls AIPAC and AIPAC controls the Congress and the Presidency then Sheldon Adelson may now be perceived as the real ruler of the United States. Votes will be even more meaningless and the circus will continue with all exits sealed.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

They are in full attack mode on Justin Amash

I'm in GR Mi and the political ads Ellis is running are very misleading and running non stop. It's disgusting.

Justin's parents are Palestinians, they came to the US before Justin was born.

Let it be known...

Let it be known by the GOP "establishment" that Jewish Americans such as myself, who also support the nation of Israel, do not support the MIC business partnership that steals money via taxes from poor & middle-class citizens to give to partners in foreign countries, so that the global, privately owned MIC can control our government as well as foreign nations' governments.

Meaning we do not support the foreign aid that you give to Israel so that you can keep Israel on a leash, let alone the 7x the $Billions you give to leaders of nations that are hostile to Israel.

Clearly, you neo-con war-mongers in the US government are all about funding all sides of conflicts around the globe, so that your corporate MIC business partners who've bought and paid you via lobbyists can reap the profits of selling weapons and military equipment to all sides everywhere. It's how you stay on top. You are what Eisenhower warned against.

You hide behind the "Jewish" label, but many of you claiming to be Jews are JINOs, Jews-in-name-only, who do not even believe in G-d. You are more akin to the task-masters who kept their people enslaved under Pharaoh.

Let it be known that many, many, many Jewish Americans who do in fact support Israel are not buying the war-mongering lies and know the truth, that you could care less about Israel, G-d, or your people and are using Americans and Israel as pawns in your plot to create a New World Order out of the chaos inflicted via a well-planned WW3 conflict in the Middle-East.

I am a Jewish American, I support Israel, and I stand with Rand.

Btw, neo-cons and war-mongers... Americans care far more about the endless, massive problems here in our country, mostly caused by our globalist infiltrated government, and want to fix the problems here, long before we can even bother to think about what other countries problems might be... even us Jewish Americans...

Maybe if you stop putting Israel into even worse strategic positions, and stop dictating what Israel can or cannot do as an allegedly sovereign nation, maybe the conflict there would be settled already.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

This is a...

…candidate for Comment of the Year on DP.

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Beautifully said, lawmanjed.

Beautifully said, lawmanjed.


I'd really strongly consider voting for Rand

if it meant we could embarrass the likes of Adelson, Jeb Bush, Christie, and the other traitors.

It would be so worth it to see the pain in their faces when they realize that their elitist, neocon propaganda has finally failed!

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Seriously though...this alone

Seriously though...this alone should encourage some of the anti Rand folks at the DP to think twice.

Adelson--enemy of the state

What are the casinos that Adelson owns. I will make sure they don't get my, my friends and families busniness.

We need to set up camp in

We need to set up camp in this dudes yard. I've had enough of this big money donor sht. It's time for the people to get pissed and take back our elections. This is some bs.

I know he

owns at least the Venetian Hotel.


I never thought of Rand as non-interventionist on foreign policy. I guess everything is relative. At least he isn't calling for nuking anyone.

I guess what matters about Rands fp

is not your naive and unsavvy purist political persepctive but rather the fact they feel their israel first emperial neoncon philosophy of military adventurism is gravely threatened by the reality of Rand's fp.


nice buzz word. I guess if I played childish stereotype games I would call you a "poser" or "sellout". But honestly, I hope Rand wins so when nothing changes maybe people will stop looking for a messiah in the form of a politician.

Meanwhile the $150K Mark Has Been Met

...just passed $249,237....and counting...and...shooting for:
A NEW TARGET: $300,000.

Adelson & the GOP "old guard" may have cause for alarm.

Its NOT just "Paulbots"
...the revolution may not be televised...but it's up and running.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Guess I Got Carried Away

I actually meant to post here:

Oh well...it's all good news.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!