May 18th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul supporters dial voters in final push


Volunteers are making a last-minute get-out-the-vote push for Rand Paul in Kentucky. (Peter Hamby/CNN)

Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - A small group of volunteers at Rand Paul's campaign headquarters in Bowling Green are making last minute get-out-the-vote calls to undecided voters in Kentucky.

Among those dialing voters is a Paul supporter from England named Tim, who said he traveled to Bowling Green from London a few days ago to volunteer for the campaign. He called it "an important cause."

He said the Kentucky voters he's reached today have in some cases been surprised to hear a British accent on the other end of the line urging them to vote for Paul, but said the Republicans he's spoken with over the last several days have been "very kind."

Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. jeff jackson, alabama

    O.K. maybe I'm not politically correct
    or global minded enough. But....if I get
    a call from a foreigner campaigning
    for anybody, even if it is someone I was
    going to vote for before the phone call,
    I'm changing my vote.
    What do I care about what some foreigner
    thinks about my countries' politics when
    my country has rescued their country many
    times over ?

    May 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. @JoeWo

    I know Ron Paul wants to do away with Social Security and Medicare and his son does too. Considering the US really funded a good amount of the rebuilding of Europe after WW2 and of course Japan as well in a massive Socialistic movement of capital...where does this guy think someone like Rand Paul would fall in the rebuilding effort if WW2 were to happen now? If Rand were on office then he would have opposed rebuilding Europe.


    May 18, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. @JoeWo

    Jeff Jackson-
    Do you think someone from China would have America's best interests at heart? The greater issue points to the allowing of unlimited money to be spent by corporations foreign and domestic in campaign ads. What if that guy is part of a corporation working for something within Kentucky? What if that guy actually works for China and he is wanting something nebulous which would be anti-American?

    Some foreigner in our politics? How about billions of foreign dollars trying to sway people's thoughts on our politics?


    May 18, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    As if we don't have enough teabaggers and voting problems in this country we now have foreigners telling us how to vote and campaigning for our politicians. I don't know of anyone who went to England to help their elections.
    If paul's father couldn't cut it for prez I wonder why anyone thinks his son can.
    This has nothing to do with the teabaggers or the quitter (who will, ofr course, take credit is he does get elected) and everything to do with "name" recognition. I bet some of this voters can't tell father and son apart except that their ideas are very much alike and that IS scary!!!

    May 18, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Dave

    Go Rand!!!!!! Need more like this guy in the senate.

    May 18, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Maybe he's from London, KY (really a small town there) – ha aha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    May 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Terry from West Texas

    The last thing we need in the 21st century is for us to undertake an experiment in Libertarianism – a whacko cult that has made a bizarre religion out of their hare-brained economic theories. Libertarianism was tried in the late 19th century. It was characterized by the 60 hour work week, no benefits, child labor, no safety regulations (if you were injured on the job you were fired), no government oversight (think BP), a polluted environment, and a weak government controlled by industrial barons.

    There is no reason to elect one of these nuts unless we really want to try Libertarianism – which no one in his right mind would do. All they will do is vote NO on everything. Why elect someone who will simply try to prevent government from solving problems?

    May 18, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    really,, england... really?

    May 18, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Jason

    I don't know why, but the unyielding ignorance of some people still surprises me....joewo and jeff jackson, you can't be serious with that nonsense...

    May 18, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Jason

    Terry from West Texas – The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. – Milton Friedman

    May 18, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Nando

    Rand and his father think we are going to just cut off from the rest of the world they are crazy nut jobs that think they are in the Victorian ERA.

    May 18, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Mike

    We need conservatives in DC. Nobamby says taxes are lower this past year but that is a misstatement. Income is way down from the Reagan,Clinton and Bush Presidencies and that is why taxes are lower. If income were the same now as then the tax rate would be alot higher. Stand by, nobamby will fix your low taxes coupled with your reducted incomes with the VAT tax and any other tax he can come up with.

    May 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. jilli

    I'll bet the tea baggers don't have a clue about what paul really stands for – it wouldn't surprise me a bit, they're too busy screaming about everything under the sun to listen and do their own research.

    Paul takes the republican "I've got mine, screw you" principle to a whole new level.

    Kiss your social security and medicare good-bye folks. And, all you disabled folks – you're on your own - you too disabled veterans. Mr. Paul thinks the Americans with Disabilities act is too much of an inconvenience for business owners.

    This crackpot is a bigger loon than his father, and the tea baggers are ignorant enough to fall for him.

    May 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. jbb

    It isn't even close to November and I'm already so sick and tired of answering my phone and it being a "robo call" that I've vowed to not vote to whoever calls me. I'm in Arkansas and I know that I receive at least 2-3 calls a day and I get madder and madder with each call. I voted early so they are wasting their time as well as mine. I don't choose who I vote for by a phone call, especially one that isn't even a live person.

    May 18, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. El Gordo

    Foreign governments and corporations have expensive lobbyists in DC who talk directly to our elected officials. The telemarketers they hire to ask for your vote do not have a foreign accent.

    May 18, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. alex in bowling green

    Luckily Terry lives in Texas so I don't have to worry about him voting in the primary. He is misinformed on what Rand Paul stands for.

    May 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Mickey, NY

    So, the teabagger candidate takes away votes from the GOP candidate, and neither candidate gets elected...

    ...sounds like a WIN-WIN situation to me!

    May 18, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    I hope the lunatic tea baggers put in their lunatic candidates as the Republican running for office. No American is going to vote for a far-right crazy who makes up facts as they go along and tries to instill fake fear and racism among the igornant.

    Democrats are the Party of the People and have worked hard all year on delivering common sense solutions to help working families. What have Republicans done?? Absolutely nothing but tell lies, spread hate, incite violence, stir up racism, betray our country in calling for us to fail (I think Republicans already destroyed our country), and have obstructed and delayed and played absurd games with the very lives of the American People for political fun.

    Republicans have NO leadership, NO understanding of the issues Americans are facing, NO solutions or suggestions for anything, NO integrity, NO character, and spend all of their time in the gutter making up conspiracy theories. A ridiculous network, FOX, tells lies daily and laughs about the fools who watch them and believe the junk they make up. They are making money off of idiots who will believe anything and laughing all the way to the bank.

    Republicans have had a entire year of scandals, adultery, criminal investigations into their Party, a moron who spent all the RNC's money at strip clubs (gotta love thos Republican Christian values) and letting an arrogant buffoon on a radio show run their Party. I can't believe there is a single person left who would trust a Republican much less vote for one. How quickly people forget who put our country into this mess, started 2 fraudulent wars that bankrupted our country, lied to the UN, lied to Congress on a regular basis, and lied to us to push what they wanted to do. Bush stomped all over the Constitution and broke international laws – where were all you haters then?

    Bush and Cheney ran from serving in the military when their number came up, cheated in school, took drugs, was an alcoholic, failed at every business venture his Daddy funded, and Bush was the real illegitimate President. The Republican Supreme Court appointed him President and the votes of the American people were ignored.

    Look at all the disaster corporate America has reaped upon us. How do you think they got away with it? Republicans deregulated all big industries so the big corporations did not have to follow any rules or regulations anymore. We see how intelligent that was with failed banks, failed companies, a Depression of our economy, insurance abuses that killed Americans for profit and now we have the greedy oil companies destroying our environment and acting like "so what?"

    President Obama has done miracles to turn this country around and save us from total disaster. He has spent more time cleaning up Republican messes than being able to pass progressive legislation to move America forward.

    Republicans made fools of you under Bush, have made fools of you trying to obstruct President Obama's renewal of our nation, and tell you lies, spread hate and fear, and have made many people into dangerous violent lunatics who threaten our President, and other Democratic leaders. How patriotic and "country first"!

    Republicans don't stand for anything. They only stand against everything to help us recover and become great again. They are no friend of the American people. They are bought and paid for by their rich corporate white buddies. Greed is their mantra. Anyone who votes for a Republican is as much of a traitor to this country as the Republican Party is.

    No Party is perfect but there is a huge difference between working hard to restore this nation for the middle class and trying to tear it down so you and your white buddies can stomp all over the middle class again. Democrats are fighting for YOU. Republicans are only interested in themselves and their upper class wealthy bribers.

    Think for yourself and vote for the candidates who tell the truth and work for the People. That is not the Republicans.

    May 18, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Naqib

    Beverly NC
    "No American is going to vote for a crazy who makes up facts as they go along and tries to instill fake fear and racism among the igornant."

    Uhhhh... didn't that happen in the fall of 08?

    May 18, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. get real

    Wow, Rand must be all for the little guy...attracting supporters who fly to the US from England just to man the phones. Let me guess, Tim works for one of those big multinational corporations who plan to buy our next set of elected officials.

    May 18, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. KateHikes

    Kentucky, make the RIGHT choice! A vote for Rand Paul is a vote to get AIPAC and Big jew out of our government. Let's take this country back and rekindle the Founders' dream!

    May 18, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |