Rand Paul's Republican balancing act
Sen. Rand Paul greets supporters at a tea party movement rally in Washington earlier this month.
June 28th, 2013
07:04 AM ET
10 months ago

Rand Paul's Republican balancing act

(CNN) - Rand Paul arrives in South Carolina on Friday for a handful of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with local Republicans, the latest in a series of expeditions to key primary states as he mulls a presidential bid in 2016.

If the Kentucky senator decides to embark on a White House run, a likely prospect according to those around him, his South Carolina foray crystallizes what could be a central challenge as a Republican candidate: assuaging skeptical donors in the party's establishment without rankling the grass-roots activists who helped lift him to national prominence.

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  1. onlyfacts

    After Romney's 47% comment, don't you know the security at the GOP fundraisers is hilarious. I bet they round up all food servers and do total body searches and use high dollar equipment to scan for listening devices. They aren't about to let he public hear what they are up to.

    June 28, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots are gone to dogs. No more chance. Hillary16. Period.

    June 28, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Is this why the people of KY elected him?? To campaign??? Doesn't he have a real job to do? You know the one that he is being paid very well to do???

    Nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.
    IOKIYAR.

    June 28, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This incompetent GOP garbage of America party fool and teaparty loser like Bachman shows what backward hick voters they have in ky, tell what if anything the state of ky contributes to our nation besides losers like mc connel the mummy and bland Paul??????

    June 28, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. king

    its crazy how the repubs in the house think, when will these folks start thinking in a practical way, they hoot and holler about the deficit, yet they do everything in their power to create more deficit, this immigration bill will lower our deficit, get a lot of folks that is living in america to come from out the shadows, and spur economical growth. the sooner they can get on the job of securing the border before more immigrants pass over by implementing this bill, the lest the repubs will be screaming about migrants crossing the border. pass the senate immigration bill now!!! because America is broke and dont have the money to kick 11 million people back to their country.

    June 28, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    please run Rand......PLEASE......it would make the democratic candidate's job so much easier to wipe the floor with you

    June 28, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Well, that was a small novel.

    Spoiler alert: Paul isn't pro-war enough to win South Carolina.

    June 28, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    One of the interesting things about politicians........is they come to an area.........and the public knows nothing about it.

    Makes you wonder, just WHO it is, they really come to see. It doesn't seem to be the people.........because the people only find out they were there, after they have LEFT!

    June 28, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Namevjones

    go away rand paul u and yr tea party nuts d- ted cruz I cannot stand that guy

    June 28, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. Guess

    What nonsense, different lies to different people, he does not recognize the truth anymore, too much money floating around to push your personal opinions, those dont pay the bills, now the kocch brothers, they pay to play, gop puppet theatre

    June 28, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Guess

    Man what i would pay to hear just one politician come out and talk real, no bs, no lies, just tell it like it is, they all know, but the money controls them, and that is why they should never hold public office, just sad.

    June 28, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Marie MD

    imagine that, mop head goes to SC/Argentina tor closed door meetings with his minions. I would love to be a fly in the wall. Rantings about civil rights, women's rights, heck, everyone's rights and how they can take them away.
    He might be bridging some gaps but the is just with the crazies of the rethugs, tea trolls, kkk and libertarians groups. When all is said and done the only exploration he will have to have is a colonoscopy.

    June 28, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. tom l.

    @Sniffit,
    I read your rant yesterday about how if someone is pro-life they are misogynists. For the record, I am pro choice just because I want less govt involvement.

    Once again, you lack perspective and refuse to understand the other side's part and make comments like a spoiled child who doesn't get his way. Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe, just maybe, they are thinking about the child inside of the woman and that child's life? Perhaps they care about that life and are looking to protect the weakest of us all, an unborn child. Again, I don't necessarily agree with that but at least I understand their point of view and don't make wild ad hominem attack accusations like you do.

    If you know who Rae Carruth is, and know that he was convicted of TWO murders (one for killing his pregnant girlfriend, and one for killing the unborn fetus) then maybe you might reconsider your silly claims.

    June 28, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "... assuaging skeptical donors in the party's establishment without rankling the grass-roots activists who helped lift him to national prominence ..."

    To be clear, there is NO way I'd ever vote for Rand Paul - nationally or otherwise. Having said that, the only NATIONAL prominence Rand Paul has is in that curly topped, ego laden head of his. And having said THAT, I could care less if he chooses to make a fool out of himself by announcing he will be running for the presidency. That's his business, not mine. This guy is nearly as faux as Sarah Palin. And both cater to the same GOPerville crowd. Neither he nor she is worth a political hill of ... beans.

    June 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. ST

    Does Rand Paul in his mind thinks that he can become President? Really? Good to dream big as we all of us do most of time, BUT the dream never come true.

    June 28, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. tom l.

    @Wake Up,
    You are classic. Perspective is the word of the day! So, perhaps you remember how many fundraisers and how much campaigning President Obama has done. Oh, wait, he's a democrat so it's perfectly acceptable, right?

    June 28, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l.

    @Sniffit,
    I read your rant yesterday about how if someone is pro-life they are misogynists. For the record, I am pro choice just because I want less govt involvement.

    Once again, you lack perspective and refuse to understand the other side's part and make comments like a spoiled child who doesn't get his way. Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe, just maybe, they are thinking about the child inside of the woman and that child's life? Perhaps they care about that life and are looking to protect the weakest of us all, an unborn child. Again, I don't necessarily agree with that but at least I understand their point of view and don't make wild ad hominem attack accusations like you do.

    If you know who Rae Carruth is, and know that he was convicted of TWO murders (one for killing his pregnant girlfriend, and one for killing the unborn fetus) then maybe you might reconsider your silly claims.
    *******************
    I agree with you. All fo us have made ad hominem attacks on here, which is very easy to do, without considering the person we are directing them at. What I find appalling is the unwillingness of both sides to see the impact of their policies, both positive and negative. Ideologically-driven people cannot or will not admit the cost of their " theology", either in in human or monetary terms. Your post was very thoughtful, and well presented. I appreciate that.

    June 28, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Steveo

    @Guess

    What nonsense, different lies to different people, he does not recognize the truth anymore, too much money floating around to push your personal opinions, those dont pay the bills, now the kocch brothers, they pay to play, gop puppet theatre
    ----------
    While you are hollerin' about the Koch brothers, let us know how you feel about George Soros.

    June 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. g

    get out the horse and buggy were going to town

    June 28, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    Actually Tom I, Ray Carruth was convicted of one murder and one attempt murder. The baby didn't die. She was far enough along for him to be saved. He lives with his maternal grandmother and he is developmentally disabled.
    And Ray STILL has to pay child support, except with no income from football.

    I wasn't trying to interject myself into your conversation with Sniffit, but I read that and felt compelled to respond.

    Carry on guys.

    June 28, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    While you are hollerin' about the Koch brothers, let us know how you feel about George Soros.
    ----------------–
    I don't think George Soros donates to politicians specifically to enact tax policies that would reduced what he owes. Nor does George Soros try to hide behind anonymity when he does make political donations.

    June 28, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. rs

    What balancing act? As near as I can see Mr. Paul is a TEA Party, conspiracy-dealin', Birther fool. There isn't a wacky idea he hasn't embraced, a conspiracy theory he hasn't promoted or some fringe idea he has announced. Nothing here for middle-of-the-road America. Mr. Paul IS the GOP of today: value-less, policy-less and not ground in reality.

    June 28, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Wake up People!

    Tom I.

    The POTUS is the POTUS, his duties are far and wide. Curley Top isn't even on his level.

    June 28, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. rs

    "Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe, just maybe, they are thinking about the child inside of the woman and that child's life? "
    ________________________
    Has it ever occured to you that you can't simply make half the population a slave to their uterus and whatever gets deposited there?
    Women are not cows to be bred. They have rights just like you do, and to make them second class citizens speaks volumes about how the radical anti-abortion crowd really values women.
    No doubt, abortion isn't the best solution to anything- but it is a right for a woman and her doctor to use- and that comes from the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
    What the radical Right is doing is taking rights away from women, and especially in the case of rape (which results in 25,000 unwanted pregnancies EACH YEAR), and making women subservient to their rapist's zygote.
    Utterly barbaric, and senseless as the RIGHT cares nothing about single parents, or anyone after they are born. Read the anti-abortion GOP for what it is: a vote-getter from their Fundamentalist base- nothing more.

    June 28, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Balancing act? If you can call walking along skyscrapers by shuffling between them with a heel on the roof of each one, then yeah, that would be one for the Guinness Book.

    June 28, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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