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Chuck Todd to Rand Paul: Are You Still a Presidential Candidate?

7:11 AM, Jan 04, 2016
NBC's Chuck Todd had to ask Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul whether he's actually still running. Read more

Poll: Jeb Is at 3% and Is Being Beaten By Christie, Paul

Carly gets only 1 percent.
7:37 AM, Dec 23, 2015

A new poll this morning released by CNN finds that Jeb Bush is at 3 percent of the vote. Donald Trump, by contrast, leads the field with 39 percent.

Ted Cruz, meanwhile, comes in a distant second with 18 percent. Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are tied at 10, Chris Christie is a 5 percent, and Rand Paul is at 4 percent.

The rest of the Republican field is at 2 percent or below, including Carly Fiorina who is at 1 percent.

CNN reports on the poll:

Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year's Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear -- yet distant -- second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on

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The Two Sides of Ted Cruz

12:43 AM, Dec 15, 2015
Despite the impression you might get if you take seriously the overheated rhetoric of presidential campaigns, the junior senator from Texas, who has a shot at the Republican nomination, is not a clone of the junior senator from Kentucky, who does not. Read more

Tea Partiers for McCain-Feingold

Big Grassroots opposes reduction in red tape.
12:30 PM, Dec 04, 2015

In the Obama era, incremental conservative progress that gets signed into law is a rare thing.

With the coming CR/Omnibus funding bill spending levels set, the big fight between Republicans, Democrats, and Republicans is over policy riders. The left wants riders, but not the right's riders, and vice versa.

But now, the fracas between establishment Republicans and the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) is on display again, this time over... fewer campaign finance regulations?

Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP's most consistent crusader against campaign finance regulations, has a plan to reduce the government's role in regulating political speech.

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Please Quit to Make a Difference

12:04 PM, Sep 25, 2015

Never in American history has one party presented 15 serious candidates for a presidential nomination. The Republican party is not doing so today. 

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Republicans A Little Better on SCOTUS Nominees

But moderators should have talked to Rand Paul.
9:28 AM, Sep 17, 2015
Republicans debated on the eve of Constitution Day, and did our founding document more justice than usual.  Read more

National GOP Poll: Trump Dominates

Jeb, Walker down.
12:05 PM, Sep 03, 2015

A new Monmouth poll of registered or leaning Republican primary voters nationally finds New York businessman Donald Trump continuing to lead in the crowded GOP field. Trump's support is at 30 percent, 4 points higher than he was in Monmouth's August poll and 17 points higher than in its July poll.

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PPP: Trump Dominates Field in New Hampshire

10:14 AM, Aug 25, 2015

A new poll of "usual" Republican primary voters in New Hampshire gives Donald Trump his biggest lead yet in the Granite State. The Public Policy Polling survey found Trump with 35 percent support, a good 26-point advantage over the next closest GOP candidate, Ohio governor John Kasich at 11 percent. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, has 10 percent support.

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Ten Is More Than Enough

Meditations, pensées, confessions, and apologia pro vita mea after having watched the Republican ­candidates debate.
Aug 24, 2015

If this was meant to be entertainment, all 10 Flying Wallendas refused to walk the high wire, none of the clowns got out of the tiny car, and the elephants just stood around relieving themselves.

If this was meant to be information, Savonarola was piling books on the bonfire of vanities in Florence, children were playing with matches in the Library of Alexandria, and Wikipedia crashed.

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Here's Who Gained, Faltered, and Remained Unaffected

GOP debate recap.
1:19 AM, Aug 07, 2015

Last night’s debate in Cleveland won’t change the course of the Republican presidential race. But it’s likely to affect individual candidates and how they’re viewed. Some gained, some faltered, some were unaffected.

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Rand Paul Mixes It Up Over National Security in Tonight's Debate

10:20 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Tonight's debate was full of fireworks. And somewhat surprisingly, Donald Trump was arguably not the most confrontational candidate on stage. Senator Rand Paul provided some of the more memorable moments of the night by challenging the other candidates on stage. Here is a transcript of Paul's dust-up over national security with Governor Christie. Judge for yourself who got the better of the argument:

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The Best, Classiest Debate Ever

10:04 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Best debate ever, right?

But entertainment value aside, there were a handful of foundational clarifications about the candidates, if not the race itself. Quickly:

Donald Trump: Mark Hemingway joked:


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Did Carly Fiorina Leave Her Closing Statement on the Hotel Printer?

3:31 PM, Aug 06, 2015

On Thursday, Sergio Gor, the communications director for presidential candidate Rand Paul, tweeted a picture of what appears to be another presidential candidate's closing statements that he says were left in the hotel printer:


Someone left their closing statement for tonight's @FoxNews debate in the hotel printer.Can you guess who?@LaCivitaC pic.twitter.com/p6rWhnFGAU

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A First Look At the GOP Field in New Hampshire

7:28 AM, Aug 04, 2015

Goffstown, N.H.
It was a fast two hours Monday evening at St. Anselm College at the Voters First Forum, where 14 of the Republican candidates for president joined each other (except for 3 U.S. senators, who spoke remotely from Washington) to answer questions.

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The Best of Times . . .

The remarkable success of Kentucky’s Republicans.
Jul 27, 2015

In many respects, 2015 represents a high-water mark for Republicans in Kentucky. But the GOP’s Bluegrass State successes bring new challenges.

Fresh off his landslide reelection last year, Mitch McConnell is majority leader and getting rave reviews for making the Senate function again. The state’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has a national following and is a credible candidate for president. No state can boast a more influential pair of senators.

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GOP Candidates Oppose Iran Deal

2:02 PM, Jul 14, 2015

As the news of the nuclear deal reached between the United States, its Western allies, and the Islamic Republican of Iran broke Tuesday morning, Republican presidential candidates were nearly unanimous in condemning the agreement.

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Among the Faithful Conservatives, Cruz Shines

"2016 will be the religious liberty election."
2:16 PM, Jun 18, 2015

It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off.

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Rand Joins Tax Debate With Flat-Rate Proposal

"Blow up the tax code."
11:08 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Kentucky senator Rand Paul has introduced a tax reform proposal that promises to "blow up the tax code" and replace it with a flat tax on individual and business income. Here's Paul introducing his proposal in the Wall Street Journal:

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Poll: Jeb, Rubio Lead Among Florida Republicans

A two-man race in the Sunshine State.
6:45 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Both Florida Republicans running for president are tied for first among registered voters in their party, according to a new poll of the Sunshine State from Quinnipiac.

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Rand Paul: We Can Use Tips from Foreign Spy Agencies to Arrest Americans

10:30 AM, Jun 03, 2015

While campaigning against the Patriot Act in South Carolina last weekend, Rand Paul—a committed and supposedly knowledgeable civil libertarian—made a rather surprising claim. The Kentucky senator said that American law enforcement officials had "probable cause" to obtain a warrant for the arrest Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before he committed that attack, after the FBI received a tip from the FSB, Russia's intelligence agency.  

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Jeb Gets Feisty; Attacks the GOP Field, Press, Rand, Obama

7:09 PM, Jun 02, 2015

Jeb Bush, a probable Republican presidential candidate, got feisty in an interview with Fox News's Neil Cavuto earlier today in Florida:

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Rand Paul vs. the Patriot Act

1:05 PM, Jun 01, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on the expiration of provisions of the PATRIOT Act, the role of the NSA in Rand Paul's campaign, and the fate of the USA Freedom Act.

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Bernie Sanders Rails on NSA, Corporate Privacy Concerns

10:06 AM, May 31, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders railed against the NSA and corporate privacy concerns this morning in an apeparance on NBC's Meet the Press.

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Rand Says Republicans 'Created' ISIS

6:52 AM, May 27, 2015

Kentucky senator Rand Paul says the "hawks" in the Republican party helped create and grow the Islamic State terrorist group. Paul, who is running for president, appeared Wednesday morning on MSNBC, where host Joe Scarborough asked him about fellow senator Lindsey Graham's own likely White House bid.

"Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, 'Let's not go into Syria.' What do you say to Lindsey?" said Scarborough.

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Perry to Senate Presidential Candidates: Go Home and Run for Governor

3:05 PM, May 26, 2015

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has a message for three of the current Republican White House hopefuls: Run for governor before you run for president. Speaking about Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, all three U.S. senators, Perry said in an interview last week with THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he's hearing from GOP voters that they want executive experience.

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Christie, Jeb Defend NSA Against Rand Protest

1:05 PM, May 22, 2015

Oklahoma City
Two likely Republican presidential candidates defended the PATRIOT Act and its terrorist surveillance provisions at a gathering of Republicans Friday morning. Both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were emphatic in their support for the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.

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Cotton: Obama 'Not Providing the Resources' to Defeat ISIS

Calls for more troops, defends NSA surveillance program.
5:52 PM, May 20, 2015

Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said President Obama is "not providing the resources" to defeat the Islamic State in and that United States ought to send "a few thousand more" troops into Iraq to combat the terrorist group in that country.

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Rand Paul Begins Filibuster of PATRIOT Act Renewal

12:43 PM, May 20, 2015

On Wednesday afternoon Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, began what he's calling a filibuster of the Senate's renewal of the PATRIOT Act. Here's a tweet from Paul announcing the speech:

I've just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It's time to end the NSA spying!

— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015

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Rand Paul Attacks Hillary Clinton on Criminal Justice for African Americans

8:14 AM, May 19, 2015

On Monday, Senator Rand Paul told CBS radio host Dom Giordano that if he were the Republican nominee for president he would attack Hillary Clinton on crime. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, what have you done for criminal justice?

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Deciding Who Gets to Vote

May 11, 2015

Senator Rand Paul has entered the presidential sweepstakes as a Tea Party favorite and limited-government constitutionalist—i.e., one who believes Congress should not pass legislation unless it has the constitutional authority to do so.

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