Rand's statements show he favors pragmatism over principals. Principals must be at the highest level, and that is what makes Ron Paul stand unique among politicians. When we compromise our principals for reasons such as "getting elected", "raising money", etc., then we don't truly stand for what is at the very heart of Ron Paul. I previously was excited about Rand Paul, but now feel he is willing to give up what is the essense of his father's principals. I will hold final judgement as I wait for the dust to clear, but this is disheartening.