Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has struggled lately to gain traction and get his message out to voters. Once a strong contender for front-runner six months ago, Paul has languished in the bottom of the top ten unable to catch fire. As a result, Paul has a new focus and aims to tap into angst over Donald Trump by going after the real estate mogul.
Report from Time:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Monday he is ready to refocus his presidential campaign on attempting to take down Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
On a conference call with reporters, Paul, whose campaign has languished in the polls amid tepid fundraising and a shifting politics on national security issues, said he is planning to expose Trump as “an empty suit full of bravado but not anything meaningful for the country.”
“The truth-telling is bluster, the truth-telling is non-sequitur, it’s self-aggrandizement,” Paul said. “Is there really anything substantive coming out of saying people are fat, people are stupid?”
“Are we going to fix the country simply through bombast and empty blather,” he asked.
Barely seconds into the inaugural GOP presidential debate last week, Paul sought out a fight with Trump, criticizing his unwillingness to rule-out a third-party bid. “This is what’s wrong,” Paul exclaimed at the start of the event. “He buys and sells politicians of all stripes, he’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons. If he doesn’t run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton, or runs as an independent.”
My guess is that Paul feels like he’s running out of strategies so why not give this a try? So far, however, no other Republican has been very successful in attacking Donald Trump without suffering greatly due to return fire.