Rand Paul Launches Presidential Bid

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    Rand Paul Launches Presidential Bid

    Full announcement speech.



    I saw part of this live. His foreign policy statements seemed to get the most energy. Domestic policy statements responses seemed somewhat muted.
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    New Hampshire is a must win:

    Live free or die: Rand Paul says he has to win New Hampshire | Rand Paul | Kentucky.com

    I believe Paul is setting specific goals for his run. Even though he is in the top 4 he certainly is not the establishment choice (read Karl Rove). So it seems he knows he must make a big splash early.

    Regardless how far he goes I thinks its good he will be in the mix - at least early. I believe he will bring some ideas to the debate and not just let personally and power-brokers set the agenda - again at least early.

    But I believe he has a serious up-hill challenge. His non-nonsense personality will probably make it hard to generate excitement. I doubt you will ever hear him do a contrived 'I feel your pain'. When it comes to that 'connecting' he is no Bill Clinton.

    Do you think he runs a long time or will this be a short run?

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    I think he definitely frightens the establishment of the GOP because they feel they have no control over him. With that in mind, if he's able to make a big statement early, the RNC and the GOP establishment will have no choice but to deal with him on his terms, and not theirs.

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    Plz GOP nominate him!!! (Won't happen though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    Plz GOP nominate him!!! (Won't happen though)
    Guessing that is sarcasm, what do you think makes his nomination such a slam dunk for the Dems that most I know are pulling for him because they think he had no chance against Hilldog.

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    IMO I think he is a good candidate for consideration for POTUS however I think he will struggle to get out of the primaries as he may not be what GOP is looking for in an "ideal" candidate.

    Based on the likely Republican nominees I'd be most inclined to vote for Rand Paul myself.

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    Oh Uh, first campaign hurdle for Paul.

    Rand Paul's son cited for DUI after car crash

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    ^ I'm not too concern over this, you can't control family members 100% of the time. But, this is the 3rd alcohol offense his son has had in a short period of time, he needs to get help.

    The only thing that "some might" bring up is Paul's outcry for help in finding dirt on any of the Clinton's. I see this as being a quiet inter-party issue among the republican voters. But to me, it's not an issue that I would let rule my judgment of who to vote for.

    But, I see where Ray Ban has told Paul to stop selling their Ray Ban's and Rand Ban's. Not sure why they thought that was a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Oh Uh, first campaign hurdle for Paul.

    Rand Paul's son cited for DUI after car crash
    How is this a hurdle ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIPTON BASH View Post
    How is this a hurdle ?
    Good, bad or indifferent, it's because he's going to have to spend a lot of time answering questions about it, same way Palin did about her children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsGuy41017 View Post
    The only thing that "some might" bring up is Paul's outcry for help in finding dirt on any of the Clinton's. I see this as being a quiet inter-party issue among the republican voters. But to me, it's not an issue that I would let rule my judgment of who to vote for.
    Is that even a thing? I can't believe their was an "Outcry" for help...the Clinton's have so much dirt they look like Pigpen walking down the street...you don't have to look too hard to find it. BTW...you'll never find enough to dissuade Dems from voting for Hillary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Oh Uh, first campaign hurdle for Paul.

    Rand Paul's son cited for DUI after car crash
    I think his view on the Civil Rights Act will hurt him much worse.

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    Get this through your grey matter... Rand(om) Paul has ZERO POINT ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE chance of becoming President! (At least there's a chance!)

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    He's the only politician in this election cycle that doesn't give a damn about party affiliations and rhetoric. I love it.

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