Rand Paul heading to another key presidential state
March 15th, 2011
08:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Rand Paul heading to another key presidential state

Washington (CNN) – Does Sen. Rand Paul have designs on an office higher than the one he was elected to in November?

The Kentucky Republican has booked a trip to South Carolina on Monday to appear at the Charleston Meeting, an off-the-record gathering of influential conservatives inspired by the weekly "Monday Meeting" of conservatives in New York City.

Paul will also make a separate Palmetto State appearance to promote his new book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington."

South Carolina, of course, is a required stopover for any Republican with presidential ambitions. The early primary state has voted for the eventual GOP nominee in every contest going back to 1980.

The Tea Party hero is already slated to visit the leadoff caucus state of Iowa on April 2 to headline the state Republican Party's "Night of the Rising Stars" dinner in Des Moines.

A Paul adviser confirmed the latest trip, which was first reported by the South Carolina political blog FITSNews.com.

Paul's father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is considering a repeat bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but told CNN last week that he is "50/50 on the issue of running or not running."


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Why, yes, Peter Hamby. Rand Paul has set his sights on the presidency. And what a fine president a delusional crackpot like him would make.

    March 15, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. DAVE

    this guy is one big joke! he just got a new job to do and from what i can see the senate needs to have attendance rules like a union contract has because he would be fired by now for not showing up to work! i worked as a supervisor for a non union company that had a real attendance problem. the ask me to write up new rules for attendance. i did and gave them my rules. they called me to the office to go over my new rules. they told me they were to hard and heavy handed. i handed them my old UAW contract book and told them the new rules were the same word for word as the union contract rules. i guess republicans don't have to show up for work but they draw their pay anyways! its great to be non union rand paul because rules don't apply to republicans like working people have!

    March 15, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. tony

    That's a good way to save money and get the job he claims to so desperately want to address accomplished

    March 15, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Kevin

    As long as it doesn't look like a Republican supermajority in both chambers, I would vote for him. I agree with Rand Paul on some things that most politicians wouldn't touch (civil liberties, drug reform).

    March 15, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. D-NICE

    I thought this guy was elected to represent the people of Kentucky? Sounds to me like he is representing himself by hocking a book. Does every candidate these days have a book out? It seem the elections are to see who has enough following to write a book, not who is best to run the government. Pathetic..

    March 15, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. David Field

    Let me see if I understand this. High gas prices at the pump equal record oil company profits. high gas priices at the pumps equal record oil company profits. Right, so high gas prices at the pumps result from Japanese tsunamis, Libyan revolts, Strategic Oil Reserve, drlling in Anwar, etc ??????????????? The only way to control high gas prices at the pumps is the way the Koreans controlled inflation in the 60's , the way the Russians controlled inflation, etc. Shoot one oil company executive on TV in a public square every day until prices come down. This is a class warfare ripoff of the haves from the have nots supported by the paid off political elite. How can we get a lobbyist to represent the middle class taxpayer?

    March 15, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Republican's Are Crazy !

    Good way to keep your father's losing legacy alive ! Little Randy is just a wackier version of his daddy ! The title should be " The Dingbat comes to a town near you " ! You're guaranteed to leave the meeting with a drastically lower IQ !

    March 15, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ambitious isn't he? Just when his father is mentioned as making another run for it, the son seems to be looking to do the same. The problem for both of them is that they won't come close to making it. They don't have a full understanding of what it would take to wind down what has grown up over the course of the past 225+ years. I don't think many people would be happy if they wanted to revoke unemployment insurance - it wasn't in the constitution. There are many other things that I am sure that they would do away with because the founding fathers didn't think of it. The problem with that is that they are a part of the government that was put in chanrge of adding things when the people or circumstances called for it - Congress!

    March 15, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Moe

    Tea Party Hero....guess that says it all....SICK. As far as I am concerned, I will fight like hell to make sure no Tea Party bags get elected this coming election.....these sick bags tried to bring down American worker's rights. No political party has the right to bring down American worker's, and give to corporate america/rich....Hey Rand...thought I saw Joe Hill last night, as alive as you and me.

    March 15, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    "The Tea Party Goes to Washington."
    To push their agenda without having fun
    But it’s very difficult to PUSH the status quo
    That REFUSES to let the TP STEAL their SHOW!!

    Now Rand Paul – OMG – here he comes
    Thinking "50/50” on considering making a run
    But with him he brings a BOOK that he’s trying to Sell
    Dang!! the candidates’ tactics from the RIGHT really SMELL!!!!!!

    Every “thing” from the right that’s trying to run for president has a hidden agenda – Selling their book or using their PAC funds to pay their mortgage and other extravaganzas!! The American people should see through that and vote the right way in 2012!!!

    March 15, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. James

    He has my vote, one of the few politicians with any integrity, much like his father.

    March 15, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    So anyone who visits another state is a Presidential candidate? Seriously.

    March 15, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    Oops, meant to say "Now Ron Paul – OMG – here he comes!!

    Oh well, that happens when you type fast to get your point across!!

    March 15, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Senor Ed

    Go Rand! Take the country back. Back to the good old days when blacks sat at the back of the bus and "civil rights" were unheard of. Back to the good old days when you could burn a cross without worrying about political correctness. Back to the good old days when women were pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen and if they got out of line their husband would give them a good smack so they knew their place. If that didn't work, just stomp on their heads!

    March 15, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Yikes!

    Am I missing something here?

    Where these people elected to solve our current problems or campaigne for their next office? Yikes!

    March 15, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. Jon

    Don't you think the nation should wait and see how the Tea Party's principles do in Congress before Rand Paul tries for the Presidency? Seems to me like he could end up with an awful lot of egg on his face.

    March 16, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  17. al in memphis

    I guess it going to be a father/son combo. Who actually in Washington doing the work. No wonder they don't have time to read the bills or figure out how to make things work. They are always fundraising, and criticizing.

    March 16, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  18. John Choate

    YES! I was thinking 2016 but I don't think we can wait that long!

    March 16, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. Aaron

    All loons flock to SC. It must be another secret meeting paid for by the billionaire Koch brothers who finance Rand and the Tea Party.

    March 16, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  20. michael

    He couldn't win, neo-conservatives think libertarians are quacks (ironic) and the rest if the country will think he's like the rest of the republicans, a quack. Well at least there might be some intelligence in the republican debates but you saw how well his father did, not getting nominated.

    March 16, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  21. jazz92

    I guess Rand Paul has decided to be a candidate for president since he is running around all the states and giving speeches. I wonder what KY residents like what he is doing. Since he is not doing the Bluegrass states. He does not even mention the people of KY at all. Like all these Tea Partiers he is writng a book and goin around promoting his book to the public. Making money off of fans it seems that is what Teaprtiers are trying to do. they are not doing so hot in Congress so far. I guess all of them want to be millionaires like Palin on the backs of their backers and fan. KY is not his first on his agenda. Since like thay all like becoming ROCK STARS. I hope people wise up on what the Teapartiers are all about.

    March 16, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  22. gar

    The arrogant ultra-reactionary Rand Paul, just elected to the U.S. Senate, is out promoting his new book! So much more important than working for jobs for the American people.

    March 16, 2011 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  23. Marie MD

    Stomping people along the way? Any human rights he wants to put back on the shelf? He will never make it outside of KY. I watched him on the Daily Show last week and he sounds and looks like a deer caught in the middle of the road.

    March 16, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  24. Sandra

    Being a hero of the Tea Party automatically qualifies him NOT to be a hero of mine. Those bunch of self serving hypocrites do not represent me.I'm sure as with any group there are well meaning people there. However, they are taken over by those who purport to be about deficit reduction but don't want anyone messing with anything they want; really want to promote idealogical issues (Planned Parenthood, NPR, EPA to name a few) but will be the first to complain when something goes wrong. Can you say dirty air, contaminated water? And for those who think these big businesses who are the secret money behind all of this are really looking after you and will do the 'right' thing, think Wall Street and their greed. There has to be a good balance but the only balance these folks and the Republican Party think about it money, power, and control of everything they want. So spare me from your hyprocisy! If it were the deficit where were all these folks when George W was spending us out of house and home.

    Until I hear that Congress is cutting the billions of $s subsidies to Big Oil, I will continue to see them for exactly what they are...a whining bunch of power hungry hyprocrites who are for sale to the highest bidder.

    March 16, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. bdude

    Here is a radical,racist,socialist,that can,t wait to "Crush our elderly,stomp the working class,crush education,and push "No choice for women". Your in the right place Mr.Rand,the south! South Carolina will greet you with "open arms dude. They love republican punishment for all their poor,and struggling people. If all our black Americans would come out in force on election day,we could rid our country of such " Racial Driven Trash" If you ever visit S.C. take the time to visit one of their small town schools,you will be "Shocked at the neglect"

    March 16, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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