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Roll Call: Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

By David Hawkings | Roll Call
July 21, 2014

The most wide open Republican presidential contest in modern times is shaping up, so a thousand things could change in the 80 long weeks before the first scheduled caucuses and primaries take place. And a couple hundred of them surely will.

With that enormous caveat stipulated up front, it’s worth recognizing that one aspirant is having a bit of a moment. Rand Paul has been generating at least as much policy, fundraising and organizational buzz this summer as any other potential candidate, and certainly more than the other possible contenders out of Congress.

Paul will be returning to the Senate Monday afternoon after spending three days in San Francisco, a highly unusual weekend destination for a conservative from Kentucky. But the senator concluded he had opportunities on three fronts to advance his nascent bid. He could raise money from Bay Area entrepreneurs sympathetic to his libertarian views. He could recruit some tech geeks to join his fledgling campaign staff. And he could deliver the keynote speech at a technology conference, to sell the notion that his views about free markets and personal privacy ought to be catnip to Silicon Valley.

It was Paul’s second such trip in as many weekends. The previous foray was to Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was invited to the super exclusive annual conference on media and technology organized by the investment bank Allen & Co. His time there reportedly included private meetings with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel.

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How odd,

his foreign policy was described as "wary-of-intervention philosophy". But everyone knows, of course, that he's an "isolationist." How dare anyone not use a pejorative to describe peace.

Where's this "He's for amnesty" stuff coming from?

I noticed, in the comments on the articles, that a bunch of people are saying he's for amnesty - dead stop - and that will torpedo him.

I seem to recall that the only time I heard him talk about anything like that, it was in a context where anything like that would only happen AFTER the border and/or the welfare system were secured.

Can anyone point me to his actual statements on these issues and/or an accurate analysis of them?

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.


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