Rand Paul heading to another key presidential state
March 15th, 2011
08:34 PM ET
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Rand Paul heading to another key presidential state

Washington (CNN) - Does Sen. Rand Paul have designs on an office higher than the one he was elected to in November?

The Kentucky Republican has booked a trip to South Carolina on Monday to appear at the Charleston Meeting, an off-the-record gathering of influential conservatives inspired by the weekly "Monday Meeting" of conservatives in New York City.

Paul will also make a separate Palmetto State appearance to promote his new book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington."

South Carolina, of course, is a required stopover for any Republican with presidential ambitions. The early primary state has voted for the eventual GOP nominee in every contest going back to 1980.

The Tea Party hero is already slated to visit the leadoff caucus state of Iowa on April 2 to headline the state Republican Party's "Night of the Rising Stars" dinner in Des Moines.

A Paul adviser confirmed the latest trip, which was first reported by the South Carolina political blog FITSNews.com.

Paul's father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is considering a repeat bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but told CNN last week that he is "50/50 on the issue of running or not running."

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Name king

    Do we really need another extremist in the political arena. Since the right ring lunatics took over congress we haven't past one single policy to grow our country out of this financial meltdown, what a humongous flaw the American people would make of giving these right winged lunatics all 3 branches of the the government. I am very scared for our future, because the dems always lies down and allow the repugs to dominate their ideology of cutting spending and lowering taxes, which even their own economist said it would be a disaster. 10 years of this failed policy, still haven't shaken the stead fast right wing ideologist, even if they ruin the country completely this time. The way they work is by spewing lies "because they know their rabid right hates facts",hatred, and intolerance. By focussing on wedge issues that have nothing to do with the economy and jobs, and the way the president uses his free time to refresh himself, and get back to the most challenging job on the planet, Especially in these turmoil moments.

    March 16, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. chris

    He should work on the job he was elected to do, for the state that elected him to do it!!!
    It bugs me when politicians are out covertly, campaigning for a new job and they haven't done anything worth while in the job they were elected to!!! It is time for the American People to put these politicians in check!!! I mean what if the typical worker was off gallivanting around the State meddling in another companies business on the side? How long you think they will be keeping that JOB? MY MESSAGE TO POLITICIANS LIKE THIS IS "GET BACK TO CONGRESS AND WORK ON GETTING PEOPLE JOBS AND PASS A BUDGET!!!"

    March 16, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  3. annie s

    Do taxpayers pay for these excursions?

    March 16, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  4. Michael in Houston

    Its too early in this morning for this garbage. I mean the guy hasnt been in office 6 months and he now actually believes he is ready to lead the free world. My God...you republicans have a real problem within your party that is making you the laughingstock of the free world...you parade out these juvenile pukes who are about as popular in a general election as the ebola virus WITH A STRAIGHT FACE mind you and actually expect the masses to welcome you as a candidate??!! Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, Newt, Santorum, Paul?? Thats it? Thats the best you got? These are the cream of your crop?? Good God people....you look utterly ridiculous.

    March 16, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Talmonis

    Sweet lord, I'd take Michele Bachmann before I'd take this psychopath. I'm sorry, but I'd like my children to have access to public schools when i have them, my fiancee (blind) to be able to have and keep a job and for one day to get back some of the money I put into Social Security, rather than for it to be played with by Wall Street bankers and "shockingly" lost in some scheme immediately therafter.

    March 16, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Normal American

    Sorry Rand, no thanks. Extremism is the sign of a weak mind. You represent what is wrong with our nation. Division, intolerance, bigotry...those are the law of the land in the town you grew up in down in South Texas. You and your Father are cut from the same right-wing, fear-mongering, neo-con cloth. You may do well in backwoods Kentucky but to mainstream Americans you represent something evil.

    March 16, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. greg in jax

    Of course the Tea Party doesn't care if Washington shuts down. It's not like they are there working. they are all off galivanting around the country deciding if they want to run for president.

    March 16, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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