Rand Paul wins Maine GOP straw poll
April 27th, 2014
07:17 PM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul wins Maine GOP straw poll

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll this weekend at Maine's GOP convention.

The Kentucky Republican, who's seriously considering a bid for the White House in 2016 and who spoke at the convention on Saturday, took just over a quarter (26%) of the 690 ballots cast.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Rand Paul heads to Maine
April 26th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul heads to Maine

(CNN) – When Sen. Rand Paul visits Maine Saturday, he'll be venturing into friendly territory.

His father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, amassed strong support in the state and took a close second behind Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP presidential caucuses, 38%-36%.
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Filed under: Maine • Rand Paul
April 25th, 2014
05:28 PM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul on being ‘libertarian-ish’

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul hopes to infuse the Republican Party with some of his libertarian views, but the Kentucky Republican said Friday he’d still support the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 even if he didn’t entirely agree with that person.

“I think a libertarian twist or a libertarian influence in the Republican Party is good, but I’ve pretty much just stayed with the party and plan on doing so,” he said at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
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Paul highlights bigger GOP 'tent' in meeting with top Romney donors
April 25th, 2014
01:36 PM ET
3 months ago

Paul highlights bigger GOP 'tent' in meeting with top Romney donors

(CNN) - They may seem like a bit of an odd couple - but Sen. Rand Paul met on Friday with top donors to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Paul, the first term Republican senator from Kentucky who's seriously considering a 2016 GOP bid for the White House, is known as someone who hails from the conservative/tea party wing of the party, and who also enjoys strong support from libertarians who backed his father's three campaigns for president. And Romney, considered the GOP establishment candidate in 2012, was never truly embraced by the grassroots.

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Filed under: 2016 • Mitt Romney • Rand Paul
April 24th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
3 months ago

Politicians denounce Bundy's racist remarks

Updated 9:29 p.m. ET 4/24/2014

(CNN) - What started out as a standoff over land rights may be turning into a controversy over race.

Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy - who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities over his two-decade long illegal grazing of cattle on public land - are giving Democrats a new weapon to attack some top Republicans who earlier came to Bundy's defense.

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Filed under: Dean Heller • Nevada • Rand Paul
April 24th, 2014
10:18 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements

Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements–On President Obama’s visit to Asia, we’ve seen him eat $300 sushi, view an archery demonstration and play soccer with a robot. What we haven’t seen is any movement on a key Pacific region trade agreement, any sort of development on new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, or any pivot on the troubled U.S. effort to get chemical weapons out of Syria. On Thursday the president moves from Japan to South Korea.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Caroline Kennedy • President Obama • Rand Paul
Poll: Kentucky voters split on a potential Rand Paul presidential campaign
April 23rd, 2014
10:35 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Kentucky voters split on a potential Rand Paul presidential campaign

(CNN) – A new poll indicates about a third of Kentucky voters want their home-state senator, Rand Paul, to run for president, while another third want him to stay out of the 2016 race.

According to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Tuesday, 31% of registered voters in the Bluegrass State say "yes" to a Paul presidential bid, compared to 34% who prefer the first term senator to avoid the presidential horse race.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Polls • Rand Paul
Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views
April 22nd, 2014
04:52 PM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed for the conservative outlet National Review Online, responding to critiques of the Kentucky Republican from the very same publication and other right-leaning commentators who disagree with his non-interventionist views.

Paul, who's considering a presidential bid, argued that conservatism has long had a "strain of libertarianism" on the topic of foreign policy. To back him up, he referenced NRO's own founder, conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Rand Paul in Chicago: School choice is 'the great equalizer'
April 22nd, 2014
04:12 PM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul in Chicago: School choice is 'the great equalizer'

(CNN) – Continuing his outreach to minority voters, Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Chicago Tuesday that the debate over school choice is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, but a fight between the "dead-enders" and "those who believe in innovation."

"We've been trying the same thing with education for 50-100 years, and education particularly in our big cities has been a downward spiral," the Kentucky Republican said. "So just throwing money at the problem hasn't fixed the problem."
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready
April 22nd, 2014
10:43 AM ET
3 months ago

Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready

(CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."
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Filed under: 2016 • Bob Dole • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
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