Rand Paul struggles with hawkish GOP donorsSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 23:56
By KATIE GLUECK | 5/15/14 10:26 PM EDT
Rand Paul is doing everything he can to marshal the support of a diverse range of political factions ahead of a potential presidential run, from courting Republican National Committee members to meeting with traditionally Democratic African-American pastors and Berkeley college kids.
But at least one segment of the GOP still harbors deep reservations about the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator — a group that includes prominent donors with plenty of critical cash.
The foreign policy hawks within the establishment GOP — among them pro-Israel donors, national security types and neoconservatives — are impressed by Paul’s attempts to broaden the Republican base and find him willing to listen to their concerns. But ultimately, according to people plugged into the Republican donor class, they worry that a President Paul would dangerously scale back America’s activities abroad.
Members of the establishment wing “think he’s a good leader, an attractive candidate and they agree with a lot of what he has to say on economic policy,” said Charlie Black, a veteran Republican strategist. “But they don’t agree with him on America withdrawing to its own shores.”