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With his campaign launch about 24 hours away, Rand Paul has put out a web video which gives a glimpse into the platform he’ll be running on. The tone is heavy on hitting Washington from the “outside” and runs hard against career politicians, as well as the establishment.

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Here is the video:

Report from the Boston Herald:

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is set to become the first heavy-hitter of the 2016 GOP primary with his announcement tomorrow — with a candidacy that threatens to pit the party’s libertarian wing against the traditionally more hawkish mainstream, now focused on Iran nuke talks and ?Islamic terrorism.

Paul is regarded as a top contender in a race where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the only declared candidate so far. A Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll of New Hampshire voters last month found Paul was the most popular Republican, with a 57 percent favorable rating, though he usually ranks third, fourth or fifth in Republican voter polls, and has been overshadowed recently by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul also needs to show he can raise big money, or he risks being outspent by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among others.

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who advised John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Paul “could do well initially in the opening contests” because of the wide-open field and the “intensity of his libertarian followers.”

Paul will make a big splash into the race, more so than Ted Cruz. Paul has been building a wide campaign network for the past several years and attempting to build on his father’s limited success. As reported, Paul plans to officially announce his 2016 presidential campaign on Tuesday, April 7, from Louisville, Kentucky. following the announcement, he’ll embark on a tour of early primary states.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Rand can connect. Even Jon Stewart and Newt admire him. He talks TO people, not AT them.

    But the article is wrong in saying he will pit the establishment against the upstarts. As Surfisher notes, he’ll say anything he needs to say to get elected, including his recent chumming up to Israel and sounding more hawkish on military issues.

    The establishment will soon be supporting him, first as a way to salve the wounds from their treatment of his dad; second, because they figure he is not as dogmatic as his dad and can be manipulated; but mostly, because he’s the only one who can win.

    • I think you’re probably right that Rand Paul holds the winning hand among the current crop of Republican hopefuls. He’s youthful, intelligent and well mannered. That is a great cover for an Isolationist, which I believe is Rand Paul’s base philosophy. However, Dr. Rand Paul tweeted: Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism. (Dec 19, 2014) And yet, “isolationist,”is an epithet that’s often been thrown at the Senator Paul over his calls to withdraw from international institutions and shrink America’s military footprint abroad. Rand Paul, in recent speeches, said he will press Republican leaders and voters to rethink their most basic assumptions about foreign policy and give his more noninterventionist philosophy serious consideration. So Ding, ding, ding, ding!!! Let the massacre begin.

      • It will be a matter of reality/perception/manipulation. Rand is NOT Ron. He’s not an idealogue, he’s a politician. He will try to stay close to the family philosophy, but will jettison anything that stands in the way of his political goals.

        I found a USA Today article:

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/04/06/rand-paul-presidential-race-2016-father/70800250/

        “What Rand learned from Ron’s campaigns is pragmatic and germane, rather than grand and strategic,” said Benton, who is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter. “Ron was never into the political strategy.”

        One of those lessons: being a “conservative realist” on foreign policy who believes in a strong national defense and intervening overseas if there is a clear American interest, Benton said.

        • Jesse
          Benton has always been a busy but questionable asset to the Paul family. Financially,
          the Paul Network has been very lucrative for Jesse Benton. He worked for two of Ron Paul’s congressional campaigns, his presidential bids, his leadership PAC and
          Campaign for Liberty ( 501(c)(4) nonprofits).
          He was also the campaign chairman for Rand Paul’s
          successful 2010 Kentucky Senate race. He took leave of
          absence in 2014 to manage Mitch McConnell’s senate race from which he resigned
          due to an old Ron Paul scandal. However, Benton helped to cement McConnell’s
          support for Rand. So, now Jesse Benton is back working for Rand Paul. I think
          Rand Paul’s problem is that he must somehow avoid being seen as a fringe kook by virtue of association.

  2. The only danger to the American Patriot, Rand Paul , are the Bushes moneybags.

    That’s why all good people should click on the DONATE button in this video, and give as much money to the Rand Paul campaign as possible — to save our nation!

    Don’t think because while Rand Paul has everything going for him, that Big Money won’t buy an election even for a scumbag like Jeb Bush!

    Big Money can overcome all the negs that are Jeb Bush:

    1) Jeb Bush is unemployed, yet instead of getting a real job, wants to buy the US Presidency!

    2) Jeb wants to establish a Bush Dynasty — we are a Republic, not British Royalty!

    3) Jeb Bush is a Neocon, an Establishment Career Politician and a RINO — all dirty words in the American lexicon!

    Donate to Rand Paul the Patriot — to stop Jeb the Bushite.

    https://www.randpaulvictory.com/donation/?sr=youtube

  3. Also, don’t forget that only Rand Paul can end the dynastic Clintons’ run!

    In case you’ve missed it, the Dems have already chosen their Queen Bee — whatever “debates” the Dems have will be a circus performance only…Hillary Clinton is their Chosen One!

    Rand Paul successfully destroyed Hillary Clinton Over Benghazi-Gate (see video below), so only Rand Paul can repeat this DESTRUCTION in any debate vs Hillary, and THUS put an end to another wannabe Dynasty — The Clintons!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jriU_cPU9Vk

  4. Rand Paul — the Dynasty Slayer !!!

    http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2015/01/rand-paul-secret-tape-dings-jeb-hillary-on-dynasty.html

    funny stuff — but spot on!

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the 2016 field’s most prolific adopter of
    social media, has posted what aides wryly call a “secret tape” of a fake
    phone call between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

    RAND PAC, Paul’s political organization, used actors to enact the conversation, which hits both rivals on the dynasty issue.

    “Bush” tells “Clinton” he’s thinking about running for
    president: “I just wanted to call and give you a heads up in hopes we
    could work something out.”

    “Clinton” says: “We both agree on so many issues: bigger government, Common Core and amnesty for illegal immigrants.”

  5. Seems out of work career politicians — Hillary and Jeb — don’t want to work for a living, but wanna be US Presidents instead…..

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