July 12th, 2010
09:13 AM ET
4 years ago

Mr. Paul goes to New York

Businessman Steve Forbes is co-hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul on Monday.
Businessman Steve Forbes is co-hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul on Monday.

(CNN) - Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul teams up in New York City with Steve Forbes Monday.

The multi-millionaire businessman, editor, publisher, and CEO of Forbes Inc. is co-hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Paul.

Steve Forbes "was an early supporter of the campaign," Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton tells CNN. "He endorsed [Paul] very early on, back in September of '09."

In 1996 and 2000 Forbes made bids for the Republican presidential nomination, running on a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts, Social Security reform and term limits.

Benton says that Paul supports fundamental tax reform and would vote for anything that simplified and/or cut the tax burden, including a flat tax.

The Paul campaign says it brought in $1.15 million the past three months, its best quarter for fundraising since the campaign formed last year.

Paul faces off in November against Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic Senate nominee. Both candidates are fighting to succeed Republican Sen. Jim Bunning, who's not running for re-election this year.

Last month Paul was the guest of honor at a National Republican Senatorial Committee dinner and fundraiser co-hosted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator. Paul defeated McConnell's handpicked candidate in Kentucky's May primary, thanks in part to a message of limited government and the support of Tea Party activists.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. jules sand-perkins

    I do not support Rand Paul, and I'm a Republican.
    Mr. Paul's views are TOO far behind the times.

    July 12, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    $1000 a plate seems a bit much for the 'beans and weenie' candidate from Kentucky. I wonder if he will fly to New York on a plane that has to conform to government regulations and succumb to those pesky inspections that are ruining air travel.

    July 12, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Bubba

    I hope he doesn't win; I'm afraid of clowns.

    July 12, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Libertarians should not be allowed to run for government office, as it is a conflict of interest. Maybe he can apologize to all the oil companies, foreign and domestic, while taking their bribe money.

    July 12, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Instead of pushing your right-wing agenda CNN, why not do a story on Conway instead of just always mentioning him as a footnote in every Rand-y story? Your shifting bias will not win you over any right-wingers, moderates, or liberals, because it shows you have as much journalist integrity as the National Enquirer.

    July 12, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Tayo

    Did I hear anybody says Mr. Rand Paul is not for the big business guys?

    Certainly he is not for the common men!

    July 12, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Jackson Purchase voter

    Rand Paul can continue to go to Washington DC and New York for those high priced fundraisers. Just do not come back home to Western Kentucky and tell us you want to do away with agricultural programs that hurt us blue collar farmers.
    Rand Paul is not a native Kentuckian and apparently does not understand us either. He fooled alot of the people in the primary. Do not look for it to happen again. Kentucky is not Kansas.

    July 12, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Rand is rapidly becoming the "Show Me The Money" candidate.

    July 12, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. larry

    Steve Forbes was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he quickly has moved it elsewhere.

    July 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    Forbes was too weird to ever get any traction as a presidential candidate, but now radical politics has finally caught up with him. So he's spending his millions on the new crop of tea baggers and right wing crazies. He's out to destroy the country vicariously, apparently.

    July 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Jilli

    Boy, it didn't take long to expose Paul as a raging hypocrit and shed any sense of principles he claims to hold. Being in Forbes pocket isn't a promising prospect for KY or the US.

    July 12, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Rand Paul is just one of many new GOP faces that will help rescue America from the stranglehold of tax-and-spend liberal democrats in November!

    July 12, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This seems as if he (Rand Paul) is looking for something outside the state and the "tea party" people. I wonder if people will take kindly to the idea of this big money support?

    July 12, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Rand Paul's mouth has already damaged his chances with the republican people he would be better off running for a Wall Mart manager .

    July 12, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. g

    people with money love him

    July 12, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. yasmine

    Forbes is own by Murdoch...Murdoch owns Fox...Paul is acked by Tea Party..follow the dots...no surprise..

    July 12, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    The wealthy have too much control of this country.

    July 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Did Rand Paul arrive in NY in the Beverly Hillbillies truck? As a physician myself, I can tell you this guy is nuts, and does not represent the views of most physicians on any topic whatsoever.

    July 12, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Debbie

    The love of money is the root of all evil. Hence Forbes and Rand.

    It does say to love thy neighbor as yourself...

    Hence I left the GOP after 35 years as they have changed their platform from a small "strong" central government to facistism.

    GOP has turned to the dark side.

    July 12, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Another repug idiot. We will never buy a Forbes magazine as long as we live.
    paul is the male version of that other loser from AK.
    He can't take back any dumb thing he has already said. He loves bp, he doesn't care about civil rights and he is hiding behind the right wing nut media.
    How many people in the US? This is the best KY, or the USA, can come up with?

    July 12, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. carlos

    boycot Forbes magazine........the letter which Cleveland Cavs wrote fits appropriately to every repugnant and CONservative in this country, so, it should send a clear message to all those hypocrites........and, Forbes, two time loser in running for prez.....a list of those attending should be published.

    July 12, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Marcus

    It's too obvious that no bookmaker will accept a bet for it.
    Rand Paul meets people that supports him > Rand Paul gets confident enough to speak what he really thinks about any subject brought into discussion > Rand Paul says something that only makes sense for him and his supporters > Rand Paul denies that he said what he said or claims to have been misunderstood...

    July 12, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |