June 22nd, 2014
10:45 AM ET
1 month ago

Paul: 'I'm not willing to send my son' into Iraq

Washington (CNN) - One U.S. lawmaker firmly believes the United States should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq's increasingly tangled and bloody conflict.

"I'm not willing to send my son into that mess," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday.

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Filed under: Iraq • Rand Paul
Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
June 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul intertwined his message against foreign aid on Friday with a message that appeals to the GOP's social conservative base.

"There's a war on Christianity going on, and sometimes you're being asked to pay for it," the Kentucky Republican said. "I say not one penny to any country that persecutes Christians."

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Filed under: 2016 • Faith • Iraq • Rand Paul • Syria
Christie in spotlight at major social conservative gathering
June 19th, 2014
11:55 AM ET
1 month ago

Christie in spotlight at major social conservative gathering

Washington (CNN) - Ralph Reed can still draw a crowd.

Nine potential Republican presidential candidates will be speaking at the fifth annual Road to the Majority conference, which is organized by Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition. The event, which kicks off Thursday at a hotel in the nation's capital, is one of the largest annual gatherings of social conservative voters, who are a key part of the Republican Party's base.

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Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa
June 14th, 2014
10:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa

(CNN) – Traveling to the first caucus state of 2016, where presidential candidates will meet a much-anticipated test, three potential Republican candidates took the stage Saturday at the Iowa GOP state convention to tout conservative principles and a new GOP message.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, declared that if the GOP sticks to conservative principles, it will “be the dominant party again.”
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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Iowa • Rand Paul • Rick Santorum
June 11th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul on immigration: GOP trapped in word 'amnesty'

(CNN) - Immigration may not have been "the paramount issue" in Eric Cantor's crushing primary loss, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.

The Kentucky Republican, on a conference call with reporters, added that he's still in favor of immigration reform and partly blamed Republican gridlock over the issue to a misunderstanding over the word "amnesty."

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Immigration • Rand Paul
Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles
June 10th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul went toe-to-toe in the media this week, amplifying 2016 tension between perhaps the two most active potential presidential candidates.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican argued Clinton was out of touch for saying she was "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House.

"She's going to have some surprises once she gets out of her limousine and meets the American people," Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to reports by Politico and Breitbart.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?
June 10th, 2014
02:48 PM ET
2 months ago

Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?

Washington (CNN) – More than any other Republican lawmaker, Sen. Rand Paul has aggressively gone after nontraditional GOP voters in the past year, trying to lure Democrats and independents into his party's column as he considers a presidential bid.

So it seemed odd last week when the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky made a partisan joke about the prisoner swap that secured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bowe Bergdahl • Rand Paul
Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'
June 10th, 2014
10:47 AM ET
2 months ago

Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton responded to Sen. Rand Paul's recent argument that Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky is a liability to Democrats as well as a potential White House run by Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired Monday night, the former first lady was asked about his remarks.

"He can talk about whatever he wants to talk about," Clinton responded. "And if he decides to run, he'll be fair game too."

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban
June 6th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky got some laughs Friday with a line inspired by the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release, but the political opposition found his remarks out of line.

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade. But this time, instead of five Taliban, how ‘bout five Democrats,” Paul said to cheers at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Rand Paul • Texas
Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016
June 6th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016

(CNN) - Rand Paul said the Kentucky law that prohibits candidates from appearing more than once on a ballot won’t stop him from running for president and his Senate seat in 2016, if he chooses to make a White House bid.

“We do think about it, but ultimately it's not something that will probably deter the process, if we make a decision," the Republican senator told the Associated Press on Thursday.

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Filed under: 2016 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
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