July 6th, 2010
04:28 PM ET
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Rand Paul reversal angers some supporters, doesn't upset others

 Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's reversal on a key campaign pledge, that some people now call a flip-flop, may not hurt him politically with some supporters even while it angers others.
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's reversal on a key campaign pledge, that some people now call a flip-flop, may not hurt him politically with some supporters even while it angers others.

Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's reversal on a key campaign pledge, that some people now call a flip-flop, may not hurt him politically with some supporters even while it angers others.

Paul won Kentucky's Republican primary largely with the help of Tea Party activists and a staunch message of limited government which included strong opposition to 2008's bailout of Wall Street financial institutions.  Before the May primary, Paul vowed not to accept campaign cash from any federal lawmaker who voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.

But on June 24, just over a month after his primary win, Paul attended a Washington fundraiser and dinner sponsored by some lawmakers who voted for the Wall Street bailout.  Kentucky's senior Sen. Mitch McConnell hosted the fundraising reception and dinner along with other Republican senators and House members.

Now, Paul's reversal is raising eyebrows among some of his supporters.

Paul Roman is active with the Tea Party movement in Lexington.  He also campaigned for Paul, telling CNN he put up signs and volunteered for the candidate.  While he did not initially know about Paul's reversal, Roman said he's now concerned.

Roman said he felt "anger" about it, telling CNN, "It goes totally against everything [Paul] said."

"I heard him say he'd only take contributions from private citizens," Roman said of the Republican candidate.  He added that Paul's accepting money from senators who voted for the Wall Street bailout could change his support for the candidate.

"That's a deal breaker," Roman said.

Apparently he is not alone.  The Lexington Herald-Leader quotes a Paul supporter in Kentucky named Warren Scoville as saying, "I am deeply disappointed that he did that."

"I don't trust Rand Paul anymore," the paper quotes Scoville as saying.  He said that he likely won't vote for Paul in the general election.

Other Paul supporters do not have a problem with Paul attending the fundraiser.

Debra Masterson, a Tea Party supporter in Kentucky, told CNN, "He's running a very expensive campaign," adding, "I think reality set in for Rand Paul."

Masterson also said that Paul did not go back on his pledge during the primary. "After the primary, a slate is wiped clean," she said.

The Director of the Tea Party of Kentucky agrees.

"I don't see anything wrong with him getting donation [help] from senators who did vote for the bailout," Frank Simon told CNN.

Paul's campaign spokesman believes most of the candidate's supporters will not be angry.

"He won the primary based on his principles of balanced budgets and a 100-percent opposition to bailouts and government takeovers," Jesse Benton told CNN.

"Now that he's won that primary fight – and won the fight, we believe, for the direction of the Republican party – he's accepting support. But he makes clear that support will not influence his positions in any way."

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. JR

    Hey money talks and moral stances are empty promises, tell us again about your "high" standards junior.

    July 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Patriot

    Just another Tea Bagging, Republican hypocrite....nothing new here...

    July 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. administrator

    maybe open concept all program's for social corporation can preasure angers some suporters from Rand Paul ( Team Success ). Thank you.

    July 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    "Now that he's won that primary fight – and won the fight, we believe, for the direction of the Republican party – he's accepting support. But he makes clear that support will not influence his positions in any way."

    Racist Rand bellies up to the hog trough with the rest of the "porkers".

    July 6, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. glenda

    If you think any of these new canidates are any different than the ones we already have in Washington you are blind and deaf......not to mention stupid......they will say everything you and I want to hear them say that they are going to be different that they are going to make smaller government, protect our Constitutional Rights, but once they are voted in they sing to the same tune the rest of them sing too......Tea Baggers, Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike....once they are in it's all about doing what ever it takes to keep in office or to get reelected.......so don't let them pull the wool over your eyes......This guy a total nut, he hides his true beliefs and once you all put him in office he will let his true colors show......he is a radical racist........

    July 6, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    "Now that he's won that primary fight – and won the fight, we believe, for the direction of the Republican party – he's accepting support. But he makes clear that support will not influence his positions in any way."

    Wow! I wonder how many times he had to say that in front of the mirror so he could say it with a straight face?

    What he saying is "My supporters are so stupid they won't notice, as long as I win." Well golly there is something to be said for that strategy but I would rather have candidates that inspire insteadof trying to fool the people. Guess that's why I am a Democrat.

    July 6, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. ChrisAZ

    No disrespect to you Tea Party folks; I prefer to stay independent myself and not subscribe to any affiliations formal or otherwise, but I respect your right to voice your opposition. I mean, I don't agree with you on most things, but I respect the fact that you're doing what you think is best. But, here's the thing.. why do you keep getting suckered in by the likes of Rand Paul? This guy is a politician, just like all the other Tea Party "candidates" (yes, just like Ms. Palin herself). They will tell you what you want to hear to get past the primaries (or sell books, get speaking engagements, etc.) ; but, after they get what they want from you they'll switch their positions to gain support of the "moderate" voters they need to win elections. These guys (and gals) are as slick as used-car salesmen. You can trust them about as far as you can throw them into a strong wind. If you're stuck knee-deep in mud, switching horses isn't going to cut it. 200+ years after the first American Revolution, it's high time for a new one. In this day of instant access, a "representative" democracy is arcane. It's time "We the People" change the rules.. we need a new form of government, Direct Democracy, where WE decide the legislation, WE decide the priorities, and WE vote directly on the laws governing us. Who needs 535 politicians like Rand Paul sitting comfortably in Washington (taking handouts from Wall Street and the Fortune 500) deciding what's best for US? I say it's time to change the Constitution to give the People a direct voice, a direct vote.. and tell Dr. Paul go back to treating glaucomas and cataracts.

    July 6, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Deb

    Wow they are for Paul. Good luck. I think they all are th kkk without sheets.

    July 6, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Nick , California

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!!! How many politicians have campaigned for "change" and Washington spits them out all the same.. It might seem different when you put it in your mouth but it all stinks when it comes out the other end!!

    July 6, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Well, I mean, who needs ideals, integrity, honesty or even consistency when you can have money? Whaddaya expect from a cat who's named after a second-rate romance novelist? Have a nice day!

    July 6, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. billybob 'n NC

    If you gave Rand an enema, you could put him in a tea bag! Everything about this man is fake... he not even a real Dr!

    July 6, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. MikeH

    Oh dear, seems the closet racist/facist just revealed he's going to be in bed with plutocrats also.

    You Tea Klux Klanners really are stoopid, you're being played by big corporations as, what did Lenin call them? Oh yeah, as 'Useful Idiots'. Rand is just another one of their sock-puppets.

    Rand Paul tried to say he was a board-certified doctor, turns out the 'medical board' that certified him he runs. He's as dishonest as the day is long, of course he's going to accept dirty corporate money.

    July 6, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Nobody is ever 100% wrong in their views. However, like Ross Perot, this man's good ideas are way overshadowed by his crazy statement and actions. He is dangerous becuase he reacts without any thought.
    We do not need that in a lawmaker.

    July 6, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. LOVESIRONY

    FLIPIN and a Floppin like a fish on a line.

    I don't trust him on anything. Cozy on up to the old boys you spoiled brat!

    July 6, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Peter s

    Ethics and tea baggers are sworn enemies! Sharron the Angless! the drama queen Sarah and now Paul the judas kiss?

    July 6, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. AFRI531

    So if he wins the general election-is the slate wiped clean again-permitting him to change his principles, values and promises?

    July 6, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Really?!?!?

    So is there going to be more outrage relating to the help he is getting from Wall Street types, like Steve Forbes?

    July 6, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. rdepontb

    Yep, that's what happens. Even the weird ones get messed up with the "system," and he'll never get out of it now.

    July 6, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Nadine

    Rand Paul will do and say whatever to rally the base of ignorance in Kentucky. He's milking the medicare/medicaid system and blowing cheap air in the ear of those who lives in fear. Rand, you can go back to the twilight zone, the rest of us are going forward. "We have no fear"!

    July 6, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. jeff

    Ah, a populist... who then had a sit down with the Big Dog in Kentucky and now wags his tail and licks the fanny of the Alpha. Does politics ever change?

    Remember folks, government is just something you have to endure.

    July 6, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Rani McBride

    Don't you people see all these people are hypocrits? They now have to run to the middle if they are going to get elected. That is what they all are doing. From Angle to Paul. It is the biggest Joke. Wake up America!!!!

    July 6, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Twilight

    Oh, it's Okay for Barry to lie through his big teeth and destroy our great USA and turn his back on the people and not enforce our constitution and protect our borders, the list goes on, but Rand can't go to a dinner. Yeah, right! November cometh!

    July 6, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. GaryG

    Rand Paul is yet another hypocritical tea-bagger.

    And Kentucky continues in its fine tradition of electing wingnuts and idiots.

    Move along...there's no news here.

    July 6, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Ron

    haha! You bunch of SUCKERS who voted for this bafoon!! How does it feel now that the entire world knows you were played for ignorant FOOLS and SUCKERS!??

    July 6, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He also promised not to meet new friends in airport restrooms, so we"l have to wait and see if he keeps his word on that one too....

    July 6, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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