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    Smoke and mirrors, Rand Paul is more of the same. His voting record speaks for itself. Being portrayed as an outsider is the most tired ploy the GOP have. They do it EVERY SINGLE ELECTION.
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    Sometimes both sides oppose a candidate because the candidate is just a goofball or otherwise out of sync with what this nation is meant to be about, a la Lyndon LaRouche. But there are others and not just Rand Paul. Paul just happens to be the best example in spotlight at this time.
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    @TRex84
    As usual you are 'off the given path' here ....YOUR RIGHT about his voting record...your just counting on the fact no one here will take the time to look it up. Paul has literally STOOD ALONE for issues of great importance for the American people. No one can be perfect...but I am looking for NORMAL HERE. What he says makes good sense to me and SINCE HE HAS BECOME A TARGET NOW...APPARENTLY TO LOTS OF OTHERS TOO!!! IF HE WAS BLOWING IN THE WIND WITH NOTHING IMPORTANT TO SAY, THIS TOPIC WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE!!! AND OH YEAH (HEAR ME SIGHING AS I AM SO TIRED OF SO CALLED REPUBLICAN PLOYS) THE REPUBS ARE JUST PLAYING A FAST ONE HERE...JUST KEEP THINKING ALL YOUR LEFTIST THOUGHTS AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT SOMEONE LIKE PAUL TOTALLY WINS BIG!!!
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    My God, these are the same idiots who gave us McCain...Rand Paul appeals to a lot of people and many are sick of the "Establishment RINO's"! I know I am.
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    I would seriously consider voting Republican if Rand gets the nomination. It would be nice to have a choice besides only voting for Libertarians
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    As I've written in the last few Republican surveys/donation pleas I've filled out, I’m tired of voting for the lesser of two poor candidates. Give me someone to vote FOR.
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    personally, I never vote the lesser of two poor candidates - and will write myself in if there's no one worth voting for
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    This kind of crap is the reason I don't call myself a Republican. I can't stomach the establishment. I would definitely vote for Paul.
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    @wizzardude

    I did with McCain. Less so with Romney. Neither was my ideal candidate. I think that's what the GOP counts on. Conservatives like myself have nowhere else to go.
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    @Thunderchicken I couldn't vote for either, personally: but that's the great thing about our system - we can choose who to vote for (though we'd all be better off if everyone voted the way *I* did) :P
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    @TigerLandSC
    You sound like your as mad as I am at them! GOOD for you and I PRAY that Paul and some others totally WIN over these so called RHINO'S!!!
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    Extreme Liberals and Conservatives seem to fear him, because he actually has practical viewpoints and is making sense to the college age (usually naive idealist) kids. He is dangerous to the current extremists, so they hate him.
    I'm happy to see them all squirm like the worms they are.
    Go Rand!
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    @WikiGirl
    NOT JUST popular with you young folks...I am pretty old! And many, many types of good people want him in the WH.
    Thank you for the SQUIRM comment...its sorta makes me feel good too!!!
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    Paul is running into the same kind of opposition from his own party that Reagan ran into in 1980 when seeking the republican nomination.

    Rand Paul eschews the business-as-usual way on which both parties have worked to maintain the status quo. A status quo that focuses on social issues, at the expense of economics, as a way to appeal to the emotional bases of each party.

    One of things about Rand Paul that separates him from eve other anti-establishment republicans like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin is that he has positions on social issues just like everyone else... He wants to agree to disagree on them in favor of more important issues that affect all of us regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or any of our positions on those issues. And he 's hoping that the GOP can lead the way in doing so.

    Rand Paul: GOP needs to ‘agree to disagree’ on social issues
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-poli...
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    I don't think we need to agree to disagree, nor do I believe standing up for what is right is wrong, but it is the only thing I don't agree with him on...so I will vote for him because I think he has a chance. I don’t believe the GOP needs to lean to the left to win… we already tried that with Dole, McCain, and Romney. The GOP needs a strong conservative so he or she can energize the base. People want to vote for someone they actually LIKE and agree with most of the time. I agree with Paul most of the time… however, if he said he was pro-choice, he wouldn't get my vote.
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    @TigerLandSC Unfortunately the base is not big enough to win an election. To win, and we do need to win, we need to attract the independents, Rand will not do that, nor will Cruz. Now, MY want is no D in the WH. PERIOD I want to run a candidate who can win and I really want the far right to get it that protest votes for someone who cannot win an election will give us an Obama or Hillary every time. It gave us 4 more years of Obama last time. I guess the far right needs to decide what they want. Hillary or someone with a more conservative bent? Ronald Reagan said it correctly, look for 100% and settle for 80%. Bottom line, we have to get the D's out of the WH, one more D president and we will be France and then we all might as well just sit on our hands and get some of the free stuff they will hand out. Just surrender to the left, they will have won. I don't want that!
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    They'll only agree to disagree just to get elected. Then Paul and the rest of the social conservatives will start shoving their social agenda down everyone's throats. Happens every time.
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    @Tralee I don't agree. Romney won Independents by 5 points and what did it get him? He lost conservatives, and the ones who did vote, held their noses. The other 3-4 million sat home. I know many independents and libertarians who have said they HOPE Rand Paul gets the nomination because they will vote for him.
    The establishment rejected Ronald Reagan and said he would never win Independents.
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    you know I've been on this site for a long time now... and have yet to see one article like this about a Democrat... not one single time. so you have to take these bullshit pieces for what their worth.... nothing really.
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    The GOP are already gearing up for 2016, and so are their billionaire donors. It's one of the top political stories out there. If Hillary announces, it will be pretty much over for the dem side. More drama, more coverage. That's how it usually works.
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    @jdl51 its funny you should mention Hillary... you know a lot of people in the know think that Hillary is purposefully stalling on any announcement to hurt her Democrat comrades. but that's not a story on this site, and that's my only point.
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    @bsking She's not stalling. There's no need for her to announce or actively get out there seeking support at this early stage. Besides, it's hers if she wants it. The others can do what they want. The only thing that will hurt them is if she runs. Speaking of stalling, maybe you could name anyone on the GOP side that's formally announced as of today.
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    @jdl51 there are a number of people already moving and campaigning... meanwhile Hillary's in the witness protection program... and if she's not careful she's going to get sandbags by that woman from Massachusetts who also wants to be the first woman president. the Clintons are snakes though and I have no doubt that Hillary is planning to cut each Democrat opponents throat at precisely the right time.
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    The "establishment" of the Republican party needs to LISTEN to their base if they want to ever win an election again.

    We DO NOT WANT Jeb Bush OR Chris Christie or any of the other "moderates".

    If you want our vote......pay attention.
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    It's already been decided. Bush will be the nominee and he'll pick Rubio as VP. I predicted this a couple years ago when JB decided not to run. The billionaires are in control of the party, not the base. It has always been thus.
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    Jeb Bush would have made AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT. It's too bad it wasn't him as Number 43 instead of George W. I don't dislike George W. I just think Jeb would have made a much better president. He was wildly successful in getting elected by Republicans, Democrats and Independents in Florida twice.
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    @jdl51

    I have another friend who thinks Jeb is the shoe in by the "establishment" as well. i hope the conservative wing of the Republican party galvanizes behind any of the following.....Rand Paul, Dr. Benjamin Carson, or Ted Cruz. I truly feel they are the "peoples" only hope. even if they have to run as independants it is worth the try to circumvent this staged demise of our country.
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    @GedankPol

    I personally DO NOT WANT ANOTHER BUSH.....too connected into the "world" scheme.
    We need a constitutionalist conservative.

    that is if we want this country to be for our children and grandchildren what it has been for us.
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    I agree that a 3rd Bush would be one too many. But I still would have rather have seen Jeb rather than George W. be our 43rd President. For 2016, as I mentioned on another post on here, I would love to see a Paul-Johnson or Johnson-Paul team run for POTUS/VPOTUS.
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    Rand Paul demolished the CPAC straw poll this year, so of course he is the target of the nay-sayers who want another RINO running on the Republican ticket.
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    I would LOVE to see a Rand Paul-Gary Johnson or Gary Johnson-Rand Paul for POTUS/VPOTUS team in 2016!!! Like someone else said, when people of both parties are gunning for him,'It's a good thing" (Martha Stewart-let's try to get her on board too!, lol)
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    @Threeper301 -- Speaking of democrats who"eat their own"... Being a fiscal conservative above all else, the only democrats who I could support were the fiscally conservative "Blue Dog Democrats" which the Democrat Party has effectively purged from their ranks on Capitol Hill by their attempts to drag our country towards the economically Progressive fringe.

    Blue Dog Democrats a dying breed
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/p...

    By doing so they have made supporting free-maret economics into a purely partisan position instead of the nonpartisan nature of it that resulted from Reagan demonstrating it's effectiveness in creating jobs and growing the economy that Clinton endorsed when he said...

    'The era of big government is over'
    http://www.cnn.com/US/9601/budget/01-27/clint...
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  • #265
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    I would say if he is pissing off the establishment on both sides then yes he is the right choice. A good powerplay might be him and Ted Cruz.
  • #284
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    They tried to make Ron Paul out as a nut case but look at the following he had. The two parties are one and jealously guard their monopoly. As someone said, Paul is dangerous to the status quo.
    Millennials are far more independent now and new blood is what they are looking for, if the actually follow issues, watch instead of listen to soundbytes and don't just run with their buddies the sheep.
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    I Hope and Pray that he does. However, the government will never put anyone if office who is NOT a pre approved puppet, who will follow the exact same script. Notice the Illusion of choice at EVERY Presidential Election. It is always 2 pre approved candidates. Then, To further ensure THEIR man wins, the Electoral votes "over ride" the popular vote. Lastly, if all else fails the voting machines are rigged for "The right person" So, unfortunately we will NOT see Paul or others like him.(Who would help this country 100%) After all, God forbid, WE have a President who makes his own decisions and reverses all the problematic situations we have in this country. Now, With ALL that said, Vote Rand Paul in 2016. At least you know in your heart, you did the best YOU could in a powerless situation. God Bless America!!
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    For you people that think rand Paul is an idiot......well, just keep voting for the same socialist and socialist lite, lying pimp politicians that get in time after time. They can continue bending us all over a table without even lubing up. You want freedom? Vote for somebody like rand Paul. You want continued socialism and crony capitalism, with a touch of enslavement and dependence building? Keep voting for socialist democrats and socialist lite "establishment" republicans.
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    The fear of losing their control of the power base is coming to light. Both the Democrats and Republicans establishment fear that the general public will finally recognize that they have the power to change the course of the Country.
    We have the power of the vote and we can back our Nation's power and wealth with our votes for genuine patriotic candidates.
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    However, it's interesting how nobody is beckoning the EU into upgrading themselves into a more active role in global conflicts. Welfare laden Eurotards want to keep letting America be their protectors in the world, while they compete with us in global markets. It's shocking but not surprising how the GOP establishment --which has no love for European socialism-- is ignoring this trend. I can see Sen. Paul taking it up to his advantage, though.
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