In yet another sure sign that Rand Paul will be launching a campaign for president in 2016, reports indicate that he has summoned his top strategists to Washington only a week after the 2014 midterms. The meeting will focus on what strategies Paul will employ in officially launching his 2016 campaign.

Report from the National Journal:

Sen. Rand Paul is summoning his top strategists and political advisers to Washington one week after the November election for a strategy session over his widely expected 2016 presidential bid.

The gathering of Paul’s top lieutenants in the nation’s capital has been quietly organized by Doug Stafford, his chief political strategist, who began reaching out to key figures in Paul’s political world earlier this month, multiple sources told National Journal.

Stafford has told invitees to reserve Nov. 12 on their calendar both during the day and into the night. Paul himself is expected to attend some of the meetings.

“This is the come-to-Jesus before the planned launch,” said one Paul insider, who has been invited to the gathering.

The meeting of the Kentucky Republican’s kitchen Cabinet has been kept under wraps, with most of the invitees not even told who else will be there. Stafford has yet to circulate a formal agenda, though few on “Team Rand,” as Stafford sometimes calls the group, need to be told the talks will focus on a presidential run.

A number of other candidates will be making similar moves and with the 2014 election coming up in 11 short days, the race for 2016 will begin shortly thereafter.


  1. When is the Kentucky state primary? Or is it a convention? I’m just wondering if Rand would get a chance to sew up the GOP presidential nomination before he has to pull himself off the ballot for senator. Anybody know? Anybody,, anybody?

    • Tentatively it’s Tuesday, May 17th. So yes, he could conceivably sew up the nomination and thus decide not to run for Senate before the Kentucky primary happens.

      • Let us hope so — for if Rand Paul does not become US President 2016, we are in a heap of trouble! And if he is then further stopped from being the one sane voice in Senate, we are further screwed!

        If he was a Dem — these “rules” would not have applied to Rand Paul (you know who I’m talking about), but being an American Patriot, there has to be a double standard in order for Evil to try and triumph over Good!

        Hopefully the Real Americans — the Silent Majority up till now — have awaken, and will make sure that ONLY a Patriot wins the Presidency!

  2. Rand Paul — the son of the greatest American Patriot this Century, Ron Paul — to become US President 2016…or keep your powder dry!!!

  3. I believe 2020 will be the year Rand Paul may see his presidential dreams come true…it won’t be 2016. Like Hilary, he has a lot of family baggage that will follow him. The fact that the Ron Paul Campaign bribed Senator Ted Sorenson with $73,000.00 (or was it 93,000.00) to endorse Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign will be hashed and rehashed. Sorenson confessed to taking the bribe during the FBI investigation (actually initiated by Michelle Bachman) and was given a prison sentence in March, 2014. Jesse Benton was the campaign manager for Ron Paul at the time. Same Jesse Benton moved into Rand Paul’s basement in 2010 to run his Senate campaign, and is married to the senator’s niece, Valori Pyeatt, also a former campaign aide. Jesse Benton went on to be Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager. Sorta “all in the family”.

      • I took my information from Ballotpedia…my error…the name is Kent Sorenson from Iowa. He was a state senator from 2011 until his resignation Oct 2, 2013, investigated by the FBI, charged and convicted with accepting a bribe from the Ron Paul campaign.

        I am glad to hear you praise someone of such strong democratic ideals. I don’t think he ever took a financial bribe but he did write ( his autobiography) “a first draft of most of the chapters” in John F. Kennedy’s 1957 book Profiles in Courage and “helped choose the words of many of its sentences.” He was nominated for CIA Director by Jimmy Carter but conservative critics quickly killed the nomination, citing his youthful decision to identify himself as a conscientious objector.

        • Even if he’s a Democrat we don’t want to besmirch his good name.You may not find much humor in my writing but I do deal in facts……….evenly.

          Take care………..

          Pssst…… that’s what’s known as an olive branch

          • Go back and read all of your posts and then lecture on even facts and besmirching someone’s name. I am more than willing to admit or correct any error I might make and if you decide to do as well,,,then that’s an olive branch.

            • Perhaps the queen of snark should step down off of your righteous pedestal for a moment. As is common practice on the left I believe you are confusing having a different opinion with correcting facts. As far as besmirching anyone’s name this isn’t Surfisher you are talking to. You should point out where I did it and if I deem an apology necessary then they’ll get one.

            • Well, Bob, just reread your first sentence and it is obvious you owe me an apology. Your third sentence has a threatening tone but I can assure you that I never mistook you for Surfisher. From your picture, I had mistakenly thought you were portraying yourself as an elder statesman.

            • The left has a highly tuned nose for injustice but no sense of guilt. They reduce all transactions to a victim and oppressor equation. Well when you deal in snark then you will be called out on it. Playing the emotional manipulation narrative by expressing synthetic indignation may make politicians cringe and apologize but your inflated hubris won’t work here. I don’t know how you can interpret my third sentence as threatening except that you are attempting to silence me through some liberal definition of victimhood. Again good try ……but no dice.

            • The sad truth, Bob, is that you are a psychological bully. The above rant simply displays your inadequacy and shortcomings. So, keep playing to the crowd but not to me.

            • Tess — the only apology owed here is by you.

              Your constant “googeling” and assuming that this is the Final Word, makes you a sciolist.

              You have never made a conclusion based on your own logical merit — you just surf the net for what is contrary to your liberal stance, and posted it as “bad truth”.

              So, keep on posting — you only open the eyes of real Americans, of what’s sick-and-wrong with liberals.

              Read this book — it was written with you, and your likes, in mind: “Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong….”


              and this one — “Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism


              I urge you read them, and truly hope I’ll be proven wrong that idiots can be turned into thinking beings.

              But I doubt it, since one thing I’ve learned is that one can just about do anything…but put brains into a fool’s head….

    • Tess — another one of your priceless transmogrification trying to turn lies into “facts” in order to fit you Liberal Dead Dogma, and accuse the innocent of false guilt, hoping they’ll be besmirched (thank you Bob for this wonderful word) by your prevarications.

      “Trueheart” has to be a misnomer — by your constant lies shouldn’t your proper handle be Liehard…?

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