Rand Paul: It's a 'misnomer' to say McConnell isn't conservative
May 23rd, 2014
04:23 PM ET
6 months ago

Rand Paul: It's a 'misnomer' to say McConnell isn't conservative

(CNN) – Rand Paul is defending his relationship with Mitch McConnell after helping his fellow Kentuckian defeat a tea party-backed challenger in a GOP Senate primary.

"I came out of the tea party movement. I'm very concerned about the debt. I'm very concerned about big government," Paul said on Friday. "But I think the misnomer is to think somehow Senator McConnell isn't. That's what his whole entire career has been predicated upon - fighting against big government."
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul • Senate
Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle
May 21st, 2014
10:59 AM ET
6 months ago

Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a 31-minute speech in opposition to the judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, David Barron.

Barron has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama • Rand Paul • Senate
Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is 'not familiar with the facts'
May 18th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is 'not familiar with the facts'

(CNN) – In a response to comments by Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he had no ties to Halliburton after he became vice president and during the Iraq War.

"I had no relationship at all with the company throughout the time that I was vice president. I didn't even talk to them," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday."
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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Rand Paul
ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat
May 16th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
7 months ago

ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat

(CNN) – The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.

A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
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Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul
Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos
May 15th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
7 months ago

Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos

Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul has set the stage for an encore.

Fourteen months after the Republican firebrand from Kentucky railed against President Barack Obama administration's unwillingness to rule out using drones on American soil - and the lack of judicial justification for such hypothetical attacks - Paul vowed on Thursday to deliver a repeat performance.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Rand Paul
Rand Paul criticizes the Clintons, urges GOP to engage minorities
May 9th, 2014
06:29 PM ET
7 months ago

Rand Paul criticizes the Clintons, urges GOP to engage minorities

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for her handling of Benghazi, which he argued should disqualify her to serve as U.S. president, in remarks Friday to members of the Republican National Committee.

He charged that when Clinton served as Secretary of State, the agency was spending money on items that were not needed instead of boosting security for the U.S. diplomats serving in Libya.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul • RNC • State Department
Eyeing ’16, Rubio and Paul to speak at RNC
May 8th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
7 months ago

Eyeing ’16, Rubio and Paul to speak at RNC

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio will emphasize the need for the federal government to rethink how it addresses key programs by embracing “free market principles” and new technology in a speech to Republican leaders and activists meeting here this week to discuss political strategy.

The Florida GOP senator’s address is just one of several he has delivered on the topic of reform – already, he has spoken about how to transform education, innovation and poverty. And it is a subject Rubio will carry to New Hampshire on Friday and back to Washington, DC next week when he will appear at the National Press Club to talk about “retirement security in the 21st century and propose new reforms to strengthen entitlement programs,” the senator’s spokesman Alex Conant told CNN.

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Filed under: Marco Rubio • New Hampshire • Rand Paul • RNC • Tennessee
That time Rand Paul wore a baseball uniform to a speech
May 7th, 2014
01:26 PM ET
7 months ago

That time Rand Paul wore a baseball uniform to a speech

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul's unconventional style in politics apparently extends to his wardrobe, as well.

The Kentucky Republican delivered a speech Wednesday morning while wearing a baseball uniform–white pants and all.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Uncategorized
May 5th, 2014
07:21 PM ET
7 months ago

Crossfire: Santorum doesn't think Rand Paul would win GOP nomination

(CNN) – Rick Santorum said Monday he doubts a Libertarian-leaning candidate, like Rand Paul, could be nominated to lead the Republican Party in a presidential election.

Asked by co-host Van Jones on CNN's "Crossfire" if he could support the Kentucky senator if he winds up running and is nominated in 2016, Santorum said he doesn't think he’ll have to consider that ultimately.

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Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire • Rand Paul • Republican Party • Rick Santorum
May 4th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
7 months ago

The 'Inside Politics' Forecast: Will the Tea Party be 'humiliated' in the primaries?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

While much of political Washington was recovering from “prom night” – the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner – our ‘Inside Politics’ family was up early to get you ahead of the big political stories to come.

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