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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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It's a lie

Israel has as much influence as medical marijuana, the difference is Israel the investors in Israel (and this goes for ALL nations, not just USA) The elite will tell you.. Israel is a one stop shop for finding the right people to get things done.. corporate ot whatever.. they don't want to lose that.. that's why they support Israel.. But Rand supports Israel so this is not about Israel.. this is about global government.. Rand is a big NO.. Jeb is a big Yes.

When ever you see the word Israel.. if there is blame involved,, Israel is being used to cover other crap.. the elite KNOW people get stuck on Israel.. they can't get past it.. just look here on DP.

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We'll see...

Many in the GOP understand that after 2008 and 2012, they can not win without the Liberty Movement support.

I'm perfectly willing to teach the lesson again in 2016 if some neocon is nominated.

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof




Many realized that Preibus and the executive committee was going to do whatever and if they wanted to keep their position, they knew what to do.. go along to get along..

We are working our way into positions, but it's hard because so many still don't get the parlimentary process and fall into the "old boy trap".

You can wave signs, fly blimps.. they will not get the message because they are not listening to the people.. they are listening to the elected officers in the party because either they have made big investments over the years or represent people/corporations that make big investments.

We're not making big investments.. we lack people sitting on committees. To the Neocon.. who is flush with committees, we're a pest (not that we wouldn't be to the Democratic Party).. but we really need people to "take the party". Ron Paul's idea for taking the party was BRILLIANT.. really genius. But the Neocons are on to us.. and they go on their BUSINESS, while most still don't get that this is a BUSINESS.. Media does.. but seems Ron Paul represents more workers than CEOs, so we have a communicatrion breakdown as well.

At the conventions.. we FAIL to understand that the game is "buying up".. tables at banguets, suites, we're not there.. and that's where the opportunities are.


but Hillary Clinton is just as good to the Israel lobby. They can win if they lose. It's not like Paul is going to be running against the guy from Montana if he wins the nomination.

Tu ne cede malis.

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Which guy from Montana

would that be?

If it was Jon Tester I'd vote for him over any number of
neocons I can think of.

You're right about how the system is gamed, anyway - the whole
point is that the PTB are covered whichever main party candidate
wins, and the non-mainstream parties are effectively shut out of any
possibility of winning...

interesting piece

I wonder why Time is running this? Still I am confident that a mere fortune will not kill the liberty movement.


Our strategy is simple.

Make them spend billions, and we work to get out the message of liberty.

That way we can conserve our resources while they stimulate the economy.

We might lose, but they can't win.

Free includes debt-free!

So They Want To Split The Vote Between Ted And Rand?

They are both sharp guys who can see through the elitist strategy. Hopefully they will put their minds together and beat the liberty haters at their own game.

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

They mention Ted Cruz as opposition,

when he is on their team. If he wins they will be ecstatic. Controlled opposition.

ding ding ding

have a cigar!

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?

Voting on NSA rigged boxes is a joke.

Voters won't decide how vote is split.

Free includes debt-free!

2016 is going to be

2016 is going to be fascinating. Hillary is going to be a formidable opponent, but thanks to the unpopularity of Obamacare the GOP has a chance to beat her, but IMO only if the nominee out flanks her as the peace candidate.

Jeb won't be able to pull that off, but Rand can, so this move by the monied neocons is actually counterproductive to a GOP win.

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

Reality of a Pantsuit POTUS...

Sank on the S.S. Benghazi.


"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath


THE PEACE CANDIDATE like his dad was. this would change things and get a lot of people excited. it would take courage, and a deep belief in that position to pull it off, but it could be a big game changer. Just being against the NSA is to my mind not going to be enough, especially if he really thinks Snowden should do a few years in prison!

Won't work

The statists have already poisoned the well by using MSNBC and Huffington Post, etc... No Democrat voters will be rational enough to vote for him - the sheep control has already been implemented.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

I think their objective is not to have a Republican Prez

The objective is to have a pro-Israel, pro-war Prez, regardless of the party. Nuking Presidential-Candidate Rand Paul would not be so much a loss for the Republicans as a gain for the pro-war crowd. Hillary will serve that role just fine.

Godfather 2

"This is the businees we've chosen" ~ H.Roth

Rand is going to have

a tough time that's for sure. With his enemies coming head on and his friends sticking him in the back, Rand better be ready to play for keeps.

I know many have already made

I know many have already made their minds up regarding Rand, but the truth will be the treatment he gets in the media once the race begins. If he is maligned like his father, belittled endlessly, presented as the can't win candidate, then he is a true threat to the establishment and every liberty lover should support him! If he is praised, fawned over, and his faults glossed over like Obama in 2007, then he sold out, his campaign promises will be broken, and the dissenters will be proven correct! These establishment republican types would 100% prefer Hillary over a true conservative!

Right the establishment

Right the establishment prefers whichever candidate it can best control, and that means both parties choices. If the republicans choose Rand, then the establishment will have a fit -- looks to me like they do not control this libertarian thinking senator.

Is It Time for a Little Blowback from George Wallace's Life?

Although I'm not particularly fond of Rand, I have some advice for these globalist donors. Get ready to burn, Burn, BURN some major, Major, MAJOR money in the process. Watch those digits click. Watch those FRNs burn. Burn, baby, burn! How many billions of dollars can we force these clowns to waste? I wish. Let's just try to make each successive primary the most EXPENSIVE primary season in history, both personally and financially for these goons. With enough time, these ceramic piggy-banks will begin cracking eventually.

Time to put those Bitcoin

Time to put those Bitcoin profits to good use!

Good Point!

Absolutely, burn, burn, burn all those fiat notes.

Although it takes tons of money to win a national election, truth penetrates at a lower cost than false reality (10:1?).

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

They want to return to the Bush, Clinton days

were Jeb Bush runs against Hillary. They are making a huge mistake, there are a lot of conservative that wouldn't turn out for Jeb because of the previous two George's.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

They, of course, are the MSM.

They only tell you because it's best for them.

If you love your country ignore them.

Nothing on TV is real. Everything is a lie.

Free includes debt-free!

Where the men will be separated from the boys.

It's pretty clear that the gloves are off, and I'm looking forward to seeing just how much sway the frothing Neo-con hawks and Israel-first crowd still has over the Republican Party. Rand Paul is playing a dangerous, but also very necessary game. In coming off as more moderate and reasonable on issues that Republicans are still heavily addicted to, he might well expose the godless fanaticism of Adelson and others like him. Then again, his efforts may fail and possibly shutdown the possibility of a smooth transition out of the current mess we're in.

One thing is certain, the Israeli lobby has lost none of its arrogant self-importance, and it will be its eventual downfall. People will tire of having their children dead or permanently mangled in order to protect some nice beachfront property for a closed circle of people.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

IMO, Rand will never be able

IMO, Rand will never be able to convince the neo-con crowd that he supports Israel enough. So I think he would be better served by taking a neutral issue on Israel and Palestine. This would mean calling for immediate end to ALL foreign aid to both parties. That would go over very well with the public. But for some reason, he and others are convinced that they must try to seem pro-Israel. It's a waste of time, and a missed opportunity to try a different approach.

Sadly, perception, not facts, determines elections.

The goal isn't to convince the diehards, who will never support anyone unless they make an oath akin to affirming the Zionist faith, it's to get most of the rank and file to put their guard down long enough.

You're either underestimating the power of a small handful of people to sway the minds of an army of drones, or overestimating the amount of headway that has been made against them.

And just for the record, I'm about as opposed to AIPAC controlling things as they come, but defeating them in a conventional political war at this point is folly.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton