As with most of the 2016 contenders, Rand Paul is touting his nationwide network of volunteers and state-level organizations as a way to gin up donations and support from big name GOP donors.

Report from the Washington Post:

Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.

Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman.

The younger Paul’s nationwide organization, which counts more than 200 people, includes new supporters who have previously funded more traditional Republicans, along with longtime libertarian activists. Paul, 51, of Kentucky, has been courting Wall Street titans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, attending elite conclaves in Utah and elsewhere along with other GOP hopefuls.

For the rest of this year, his national team’s chief duties will be to take the lead in their respective states in planning fundraisers and meet-ups and helping Paul’s Washington-based advisers get a sense of where support is solid and where it’s not. This is essential in key early primary battlegrounds, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, and in areas rich in GOP donors, such as Dallas and Chicago.

“A national leadership team is an important step, and it’s a critical one for the movement going forward,” said Fritz Wenzel, Paul’s pollster. “Rand has tremendous momentum, and the formation of this team will guide him as he gets closer to a decision and [will] serve as a foundation for a campaign.”

A growing number of Republicans have started to consider presidential runs. Aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) are sketching out how possible bids could look and keeping tabs on donors and potential staff members. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former congressman Rick Santorum (Pa.), a distant runner-up to Romney in the 2012 race for the GOP nomination, have been wooing conservative leaders.

Paul’s been doing this a bit more publicly than his counterparts with hopes of generating news items, like this one, about how built-out his campaign appears to be. The big money donors will be looking for organization and a credible infrastructure to begin building up a campaign in these early stages. With Paul coming from the “outside,” he’ll have to prove this beyond the establishment favorites like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush, who will get a pass during this portion of the game.

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  1. Don’t forget that Rand Paul will have the full support of The Ron Paul Channel. The Ron Paul Channel streams online, allowing subscribers to watch it when they want, where they want and on the device they want: internet-connected televisions, computers, tablets, and smart phones. As Ron Paul puts it: ” “Imagine this: no censors, no barricades, no statists. We will be able to engage viewers directly on subjects that matter most to them; from finances to civil liberties to foreign policy.” There is also the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, becoming a very recognizable think tank. He counts more Facebook and MySpace supporters than any Republican; more Google searches, more YouTube subscribers, and website hits than any presidential candidate; and more Meetup members than the front-runners of both parties combined. Then there are the Newsletters that have countless readers. This is a formidable force that could well furnish Rand Paul the winning votes.

  2. People are assuming that Rand will automatically get all the Ron Paul fans. So he’s pandering to other groups. I wonder how far he can get off the reservation before he has to worry about the cavalry..

    • kooky — what an idiotic post….

      to be expected from you, since it is on par with your other posts.

      • Surfisher, you’re headed back to the moderation gulag if you can’t be minimally courteous and contribute to the actual discussion rather than hurling needless insults.

    • I actually think Rand will get some of Ron’s support, but not all. Especially since Rand does indeed wander off the libertarian reservation far more than Ron ever did.

      • Nate — totally wrong!

        Rand Paul will garner nearly ALL of Ron Paul’s supporters votes — for they are educated enough to know that the apple does not fall far from the tree!

        Let me phrase this another way (to see it from a different and more accurate perspective): Ron Paul supporters won many states by delegates (only to be ILLEGALLY overturned by the Neo-Con controlled RNC), therefore, know they were cheated!

        For whom do you think they’ll vote in near unison — Ron Paul’s son, Rand, or a propped up another Neo-Con …?!

        Add to this that when the time comes, Ron Paul will be stomping for his son, Rand! And this becomes an unbeatable combination!!!
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        The one thing Real Americans need to worry about is keeping the Paul’s alive! For the Bilderberg Gang wants them otherwise — and we all know what happened to JFK when he decided that America must no longer be ruled by Secret Organizations and special groups (like AIPAC — the Jewish Lobby that determines who is fit to be elected in USA ACCORDING TO THEM)!

        Bilderberg wants Ron Paul dead:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fesE5HcLC9Y

        JFK Secret Society Speech— The speech that killed John F Kennedy:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1pnfpZbspI

        AIPAC — the American International Jewish Lobby that determines who gets to be elected in USA ACCORDING TO THEM — or more concisely stated: AIPAC — is now defacto the “Voice of America”: (pause at 2.24 — priceless pics of owned John McCain, Hitlery Clinton, Barry Hussein Sotero-Obama, Joe Biden and Lieberman make this cameo, not shown are nearly 80% of the rest of our elected by AIPAC officials):

        http://vimeo.com/23674530

        LMAO — absolute the BEST and MOST COMICAL (until it shows the innocent children killed by Israel, to whom we give FREE Militrary Aid in the billions of dollars) SAD EXPOSURE of how the Terrorist State of Israel gets to have their way in USA!!!!!!!!!

        30 pieces of silver to buy them ‘Americans’ Reps… — priceless!
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        Unless Rand Paul (or someone like him) gets elected as the next US President — kiss our Free Republic goodbye, FOREVER — and call US Israel’s little puppets, where we beg for crumbs from their International Banksters to avoid starvation!

        • Smurf:

          Pffft.

          “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

          –like FDR’s Republican son, John?
          –like Ronald Reagan’s liberal son, Ron?

          Ron Paul is a statesman, Rand is first and foremost a politician.

          I agree that Ron’s supporters would pick Rand over someone like Romney, but if a solid Libertarian runs, Rand will be in deep doo-doo, cuz he won’t be able to count on the people he’s pandering to, and could be left with no one.

  3. Just as I was giving Rand Paul voting consideration, he has turned into the vindictive public gossip. After calling Bill Clinton a “Sexual Predator” (his words) he went on to say “. But I would say that, with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion. And I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that. You know, if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially– we would dissociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young women in the workplace” This statement coming from a man who blindfolded a young lady, took her to the River, and make her pray to his god ‘Aqua Buddha’. (Rand Paul’s denial only stated that he did not kidnap the woman). If you take advantage of a young woman, what concern if it is in the workplace or at a Baptist University? When Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment, Rand Paul came to his defense and said he was being unfairly maligned. While defending Cain, Rand Paul also noted that he was no fan of women taking legal action against sexual harassment. And his idle chatter on “the war on women” is just that. He voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Woman Act last year, noting that he believed that programs to counter domestic violence should be funded by the state. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide women with new means to fight pay discrimination in the workplace. He compared that legislation to efforts made by the Politburo in the days of the Soviet Union to control the price of bread. And though he often decries federal encroachment on the rights of states and individuals, he does favor amending the Constitution to criminalize abortion across the country.

  4. You just can’t resist, can you, Surfisher. Number one, I live in Texas where the Paul’s escapes are as well known as the Bushes. Randy, (as Rand Paul was known in Texas) may claim Kentucky home, but until young manhood when he hurriedly left Baylor, he was a Texas product. I do not know if any “scandal rags” carried his hijinks but why not…many well known newspapers carried the story. Take the time to review the subject and you will find that the majority of the things Rand Paul condemns are also found in his closet.

    • Tess Liehard — firstly, learn the English language. Then, try to get a Green Card.

      Dissecting your tripe, again:

      1) “I live in Texas where the Paul’s escapes are as well known as the Bushes.”
      This makes no sense in English, perhaps in Illegal mexican… (who is ESCAPING what, and why? …)

      2) ” I do not know if any “scandal rags” carried his [Rand Paul’s] hijinks but why not…many well known newspapers carried the story.”
      Name the actual “well known newspapers” that published it — it is not my job to find them, but yours to provide them!
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      Sorry to say, but you, Tess Liehard, have failed the test of Logic again.

      Your posts are nothing but dead dogma — and we, The Real Americans, appreciate your contribution to awaken the People of the Ugliness you, and your likes, stand for!

      Do post some more — it helps our cause!
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      Nate — will you moderate Tess Liehard’s PERNICIOUS LIES by removing such fallacious ugliness in her posting.

      Tess INVENTS a NASTY fantasy (and you let it stand as true on your forum..?!):

      “[Rand Paul] blindfolded a young lady, took her to the River, and make her pray to his god ‘Aqua Buddha’. (Rand Paul’s denial only stated that he did not kidnap the woman)….”
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      These are the SICKENING LIES YOU ALLOW — but my acerbic counters to such Liars are DISALLOWED…?!

      What’s wrong with you, Nate?!
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      here is this sicko’s original post on Rand Paul:

      “Tess Trueheart”
      April 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      “Just as I was giving Rand Paul voting consideration, he has turned into the vindictive public gossip. After calling Bill Clinton a “Sexual Predator” (his words) he went on to say “. But I would say that, with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion. And I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that. You know, if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially– we would dissociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young women in the workplace” This statement coming from a man who blindfolded a young lady, took her to the River, and make her pray to his god ‘Aqua Buddha’. (Rand Paul’s denial only stated that he did not kidnap the woman). If you take advantage of a young woman, what concern if it is in the workplace or at a Baptist University….?”

  5. My God – this is really turning into a “Kill Rand” (vs Kill Bill) not “Kill” the politicians who are trying to kill the U.S.. I’m just guessing but just maybe Paul is trying to discover what the majority of citizens want and need to recover our country not just Kentucky. Throws fecal matter against the wall and sees what sticks. Remember Ron Paul stood his ground without waiver and could never claim a majority or be the Republican Candidate select .
    In addition he is probably more vetted by the MSM than any other Republican, maybe even Democrat. And the odor isn’t super stinky.

    Tess – one more for you – I wonder if I could look in your past and find something stupid you or maybe your husband did 30yrs ago. It flat-ass amazes me what politicians and MSM will do to fk with Republican’s lives and goo all over Democrats. The absolute worst cases I can think of non-vetting is Clinton and our present POTUS.
    http://www.factcheck.org/2010/10/conway-lying-about-aqua-buddha/

    • samreusser:

      “…this is really turning into a “Kill Rand” (vs Kill Bill) not “Kill” the politicians who are trying to kill the U.S.”

      Spot on!
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      The American-hating shills are reduced to outright lies… since they have nothing else left to attack Rand Paul — The True American Patriot that will follow in his fathers footsteps!

  6. Well, Sam…first, let me say, there is no one, you, me, or my deceased husband that doesn’t have some “boners” that rattle in our closet. But I never shook someone else’s tree for my own insidious gain..

    I have never adapted to the abbreviation short cuts but I take it by MSM you mean TV, newspapers, magazines, radio, and maybe the movies. There are six enormous media conglomerates that produce about 90 percent of all the media that Americans see and hear. Conservatives like to accuse the media of having a liberal bias, not realizing that they themselves are an equal or larger part of the same mainstream media. Sarah Palin may have been on track when she labeled it “Lamestream”.

    Since vetting is simply a critical appraisal, I would say that Bill Clinton’s vetting is never ending. My first thought of Bill Clinton is always that he was the first president in over eighty years to leave the presidency with a surplus. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan, Kennedy, Johnson , and George H W Bush, all were guilty of infidelity. Why the blind eye for those presidents? As you might say, “it flat-ass amazes me.”

    • Tess – Well I guess you were perfect (almost).

      Rand problem that the MSM (the Alphabet TV, and Alphabet cable and most major newspapers – Wash Post, NY Times, LA Times, . . . ) decided to nail him with, was a 30 yr old Fraternity hazing. I am far more guilty – 53 years ago as a young 21yr old sailor on a Can, I beat several other young men on the butt [with a salt-water hardened piece of 3″ firehose] who were blindfolded and crawling along the main deck as part of their initiation from Polywog to Shellback when crossing the equator. The year before when i was a recipient and had to throw away 3 days of bloody shorts, i swore i would never be so cruel – but come 10 months later, I was soaking my firehose a month before crossing. Fortunately I never ran for political office or I’m sure some A-hole would have looked up my Military record and found a number of unsavory acts. Initiation for advancement in rate and later promotion in rank (for instance)

      As far as vetting – Democrats are never vetted to the extent of Republicans. And I was speaking specifically about Obama and Ms.Clinton! Mr. Clinton was impeached and stayed in office – had it been a Republican, he would have been run out on a rail and misnomered a pedophile for bulling a young innocent woman.

      If there is a Republican Administration after 2016, the MSM will be all over their butts before they take office let-alone after.

  7. Sam…I have heard of those shipboard antics…my husband called it unnecessary horseplay that sometimes relieved the pressure of the unknown. So, however you want to phrase it.

    No one even discussed running General Dwight Eisenhower out on a rail, dismiss him from service or bring impeachment charges against him. He had a twenty year affair, starting when she was very young. She became his jeep driver also so she was always conveniently near. Was she a young innocent woman? I do not know but Monica Lewinsky was proven to have had at least two affairs, one was married so she hardly fits your description. What Republican Group vetted Eisenhower? Was it the same Republican Group that vetted Richard Nixon? Who vetted President Andrew Johnson who suffered an impeachment trial. There has been three Presidential impeachment proceedings — in 1868 against Republican President Andrew Johnson, 1974 against Republican President Richard Richard Nixon–1998-99 against Democrat President Bill Clinton.

    Hazing is the practice of rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation. The young lady and Rand Paul did not belong to the same fraternity. My point with Rand Paul is that he is needs to develop some character and talk about what he actually stands for and what he would do to improve the country as a whole. He continually harps on an event that occurred almost twenty years ago to smear another man’s reputation so why does thirty years made him immune to disclosure?

    • Tess — but Rand Paul denied this ever happened!

      So what you are posting is *hearsay* by an enemy of his, AND YOU ARE trying to peddle this utter tripe as “truth”.

      LOL — shows how desperate your ilk is to come up with such imaginative old and fallacious tripe to attack Rand Paul, who is UNASSAILABLE!

      Keep it up, Tess Liehard, you only help the cause of Liberty, by posting your ugly perfidies!

      • Surfisher…Awake!! Rand Paul NEVER denied the story. Rand Paul categorically denied there was any force involved in the incident. It probably was a college prank gone bad but it did happen. He became a member of a secret society called the NoZe Brotherhood, a society banned from campus by Baylor’s president as “lewd, crude, and grossly sacrilegious.”. They played elaborate pranks, and and printed a satirical newspaper, The Rope. Look in the 1983
        issue of “the Rope” and you will find a picture of Rand Paul and a few friends. Rand Paul is dressed in a black robe and a straw hat. There is much more you can read and view the ads in The Rope. My point being the very same as I earlier posted “Rand Paul needs to develop some character and talk about what he actually stands for and what he would do to improve the country as a whole. He continually harps on an event that occurred almost twenty years ago to smear another man’s reputation so why does thirty years made him immune to disclosure”?

  8. Sam…I am very disappointed that you see fit to call me names. I am an Independent but what if I had chosen the word Liberal? We live in a free country, where we have freedom of choice as to beliefs and political choices. That you and I disagree is sometimes great fun but I have never questioned your character. I have never compared Rand Paul’s antics to Bill or Hillary Clinton’s doings. What I did, and do, say, is “why is it acceptable for Rand Paul to continually harps on an event that occurred almost twenty years ago to smear another man’s reputation and expect his dirty deeds of thirty years ago to be immune to disclosure”? Is only one party allowed to be distasteful?

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