Paul to speak at Harvard event hosted by ex-rival
April 11th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Paul to speak at Harvard event hosted by ex-rival

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will join his former GOP rival on stage in an appearance at Harvard University later this month.

Harvard's Institute of Politics announced Friday that Trey Grayson, the institute's director and Paul's opponent in Kentucky's GOP primary for the 2010 Senate race, will introduce Paul and then moderate a Q&A session with the potential presidential contender.

Grayson, who became the institute's director in 2011, told CNN he considers Paul "the most compelling figure in the Republican Party right now." He said he's wanted Paul to speak at the institute for a few years but scheduling issues have gotten in the way.

"I'm kind of glad it's taken a while to make the schedule work," he said. "The reality is he's more of an interesting speaker today than he would have been two years ago."

Paul will be free to speak about whatever he wants, Grayson said.

The April 25th event will come a little more than a month after Paul's speech at the University of California at Berkeley, a liberal-leaning institution that's not a typical stop for Republican politicians.

Grayson said he's been "pleased at how (Paul) reaches out to groups that aren't part of the traditional Republican coalition" and argued "he does a great job of appealing to young voters."

Also of note, Republican Sen. John McCain, who's publicly sparred with Paul in the past, will speak at the institute two days before Paul.

Grayson was considered the early-on favorite in the 2010 Kentucky GOP primary, and enjoyed the backing of Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But Paul, boosted with strong tea party support, defeated the then-secretary of state. Grayson went on to endorse Paul in the general election.

While Grayson was complimentary of Paul on Friday, he said the two don't see or speak to each other very often and he described their relationship as "fine."

Paul's Harvard speech marks one more stop on his accelerated travel schedule this spring. He's in the New Hampshire this weekend, holding a rally Friday night in Dove before speaking Saturday in Manchester at a summit hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

A few days before the Harvard event, he'll address at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. And while he's in the Boston area at the end of the month, he's reportedly set to speak at Maine's GOP convention.

CNN Political Director Mark Preston and CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Harvard is considered to be a liberal school in some quarters, and so is Howard University. I wonder if Mister Paul will be just ast condescending sounding when he speaks at Harvard as he was at Howard. Mister Paul sounded like he was speaking to group of kindergartners. "Did you know. That. The NAACP. Was founded by a Republican?"

    April 11, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Kinard

    Blue Jeans and Boots? This creep hasn't had his hands dirty since he was born. Get Real.

    April 11, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""Did you know. That. The NAACP. Was founded by a Republican?""

    Haha. My favorite part was when he asked for a show of hands for who knew that Lincoln, who freed the slaves, was a Republican. The looks on their faces were priceless. Also, it's just a great example of how clueless these guys are when it comes to race. You don't have to be an outright racist to wind up saying insensitive, unaware, completely racist things (or to wind up supporting completely racist policies for that matter). It's sort of a double-edged sword for these guys to some extent. Even when they're actually making an arguably quasi-sincere outreach effort, they seem to waste no time obliviously blurting out something cringe-worthy. The hardest part is trying to remember not to go too ballistic on them for it, but rather to try to help teach them and encourage them to keep trying....if they're willing to listen, that is, which is infrequent at best.

    April 11, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Still nothing on the HHS witch getting FIRED.

    April 11, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Mitt Romney style.

    April 11, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Rusty Krus

    @Fair is Fair
    Still nothing on the HHS witch getting FIRED.

    She RESIGNED. And why is she a witch? Because she wasn't tech savvy enough to overhaul a poorly executed web site?

    April 11, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "She RESIGNED."
    -----–
    Uh huh. If it helps you sleep at night.

    April 11, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Still nothing on the HHS witch getting FIRED."

    That's because there's no facts to support saying whether she was fired or not. Clearly, the launch was a disaster, but they beat the target numbers and turned it around. That's more than a bit of redemption.

    And you should perhaps be more concerned about how the GOP/Teatrolls are going to try to play this. They can no longer filibuster the cabinet position nominees, so their only option is to turn the confirmation hearings into a show-trial that (a) attempts to simultaneously ripe the female nominee to shreds in order to get to Obama and (b) turns into a farce of them attacking the ACA via loaded questions and excessive soap-box blather during the hearings. Delaying her confirmation all summer by acting belligerent towards her and going into all-out ridiculous mode, all in hopes that delay hampers the ACA, etc., is going to look extremely misogynist. Enjoy.

    April 11, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. just saying

    sebelius should have been jailed for perjury for all of the lies she told to congress about obamacare and how it was on track and ready for oct. 1 when there is abundant evidence to the contrary.

    oh well, rejoice that there is one less clueless incompetent in the obama administration. unfortunately we still need to be concerned with the remaining 2,000 incompetents.

    April 11, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Lolo

    @ Fair is Fair, You forgot to watch Faux news. I am quite sure they were repeating it all night long.

    April 11, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Lolo

    @ Fair is Fair, You forgot to watch Faux news. I am quite sure they were repeating it all night long.
    -------
    Booga booga booga Fox News. Yawn.

    April 11, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    "She RESIGNED."
    -––
    Uh huh. If it helps you sleep at night.
    ==============================================================
    Take a hike over to Fox if you want to hear witch stories. I told you earlier, be patient. They should announce a replacement this afternooon. It's a Friday, the perfect time to make a political announcement.

    April 11, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    "She RESIGNED."
    -––
    Uh huh. If it helps you sleep at night.
    ==============================================================
    Take a hike over to Fox if you want to hear witch stories. I told you earlier, be patient. They should announce a replacement this afternooon. It's a Friday, the perfect time to make a political announcement.
    -------–
    Ummmmmmm... the replacement was named over 3 hours ago.

    April 11, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |