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Rand Paul on Thad Cochran’s Win: ‘I’m for More People Voting’

Is sounding like a liberal also the Kentucky senator's path to victory?

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Paula Bolyard

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June 25, 2014 - 9:50 pm
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul doesn’t have a problem with Democrats heavily influencing Republican primaries. Paul, a likely contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, refused to criticize Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign efforts to lure Democrats to the polls with race-baiting ads and promises of government handouts. ”I’m for more people voting, not less people voting. I think the people of Mississippi spoke and I think Thad Cochran has done a lot of good things for Mississippi,” Paul told reporters on Wednesday.

What kinds of “good things”? A Tax Foundation study found that Mississippi ranks first in the amount of federal aid as a percentage of state revenue, comprising more than 46% of the state’s income. Sen. Cochran suggested during the campaign that he would like to see the return of earmarks, which lawmakers banned in 2010. Prior to the ban, Cochran steered more earmarks to his state than any other member of Congress.

Sen. Paul also told reporters that one of his sons spent time working on a proposal that would open Kentucky’s closed primary system to independent voters. Mississippi has an open primary system that allows voters to cross party lines on primary day. Paul has also pushed for restoring voting rights for convicted felons and has said that the GOP’s voter ID push is “completely crazy.” He later walked the comment back, explaining that what he meant to say was, “We have to change people’s perception of us as a party so they’ll listen more to what we’re trying to do.”

An estimated 35,000 Democrats crossed over to vote for Cochran in Mississippi after significant ad buys in Democrat strongholds like Jackson. In majority-black neighborhoods, Cochran bragged about his support for historically black colleges and universities, the Jackson Medical Mall, and food stamps. Flyers and radio ads targeting black Democrats took on a darker tone, saying that the Tea Party — and Chris McDaniel —  wanted to keep African Americans from voting and opposed federal funding of public schools and SNAP, the food stamp program funded by the federal Farm Bill. Is that what Sen. Paul has in mind when he says we need to “change people’s perception of us as a party”?

How far is Rand Paul willing to go to in order to get “more people voting”? Cochran succeeded in changing ”people’s perception of us as a party” by race-baiting and sounding like a Democrat. Is this also Rand Paul’s strategy for expanding the ranks for the GOP and winning the Republican presidential nomination?  

Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. An enthusiastic Tea Party supporter, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and two parrots.
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The more Rand Paul opens his mouth, the less attractive as a Presidential candidate, he becomes.
8 weeks ago
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How much does the DNC pay you to comment here?
8 weeks ago
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Every time Rand Paul opens his mouth he reveals his many personas, none of which is Conservative. It doesn't matter whether this is the result of high paid Establishment handlers or an insight into the Real Rand. Either way, he is disqualifying himself as a serious presidential candidate. The Conservative media must cut loose this phony, the sooner the better.
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It seems, giving up on principles is exactly what WashingtonDC Elite want We The People to do (Rand Paul, Rubio, Jeb Bush et al), so that Mr. Cochran can further his 40 years of damage already done to USA. Circulating under the radar around insider circles, is this:
We owe nearly $2 Trillion dollars to Communist China (add to this cache their hoarding of gold). And USA owes many countries large amounts of money, too. First time in US history our debt outweighs our cash flow. Each new law passed by the Obama administration, Congress and Senate makes things worse.
Manufacturing Output (increase or Decline)
USA 1955=30% 2008=18% (a net reduction of more than one half) DECLINE
CHINA 1955=4% 2008=18% ( net increase of quadruple proportions)INCREASE
It is believed, President Obama will lead this country to a breakup. Obama has been compared to former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. He's practically another Gorbachev - he likes to talk but hasn't really managed to do anything. Gorbachev at least was a Secretary of a regional communist party administration, whereas Obama - just a social worker. Obama’s mentality is totally different. He's nice, but not a leader. He's leading America to a crash. When Americans understand that - it will be a real wake-up call! Subsequently The USA will be a broken country! Small talk has said.
The US will be divided into six areas of foreign influence according to some pundits:
1.The California Republic -7 western states will be part of China or under Chinese influence.
2.The Central North American Republic -15 States will be part of Canada or under Canadian influence.
3.Atlantic America -17 States may join the European Union
4.The Texas Republic-9 States will be part of Mexico or under Mexican influence.
5.Hawaii - will go to either Japan or China
6.Alaska - will go to Russia.
After all, isn't this how bankruptcy courts divide failed masses?
Cochran and GOP Elites are good for America? HOW?
Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a local Tea Party, register to vote and vote.
7 weeks ago
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He's lost his way. He's not the man we supported.
8 weeks ago
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To Paul's credit, he's seen first hand what happens when you cross the RINO Democrat coalition (McConnel, McCain, Graham). Cross them and he's finished. They'll destroy him by every means possible.

One thing is for sure: It'd be great if establishment republicans would show this much backbone and organization when it comes to dealing with Obama and Harry Reid. Unless they're fighting their own base, the GOP is impotent.
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It is very helpful that Rand Paul is making so many stupid statements now, worthy of John McCain or Arlen Specter, so he can be quickly dismissed as a complete doofus before much time is wasted. I think we can give him the hook.
8 weeks ago
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It's just a tactic.

To the MSM…. "anything you say will be held against you".

Smart move on his part……he's still his Dad's boy. )'(
8 weeks ago
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Can you imagine Republicans being asked to vote for a Democrat?
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The big problem here is running Primaries at public expense. If the vote is being paid for by everyone how can you exclude any eligible voter? The solution is for all political parties to choose their candidates at their own expense. Allow any party that has the support of at least 5% of voters to put their candidate (no matter how they were selected) on the ballot. Fixed it for ya.











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Rand Paul looks less and less like a Constitutional Conservative every week. Of course, if you know the kind of people who support him, you won't be surprised.

These are the folks who self-identify as anarcho-capitalists, but these kids are really anarcho-marxists. Rand really is very much like his father, and he's happily laying out the proof of that argument before our eyes.

Thanks, Rand!
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I'm for more high information people voting in the general election. I am not for people of another Party voting in the other Party's primary. It was the tactics that Cochran went down into the sewer with that should disqualify him.

Given that it is a near certainty that many, many disaffected GOP voters will stay home in November because of Sen. Cochran’s vile election tactics, I would urge Sen. McDaniel to run as an Independent or Write-in to fire up voters and get them to the poll so down ballot candidates won’t be hurt. Screw it if Cochran loses Senate seat – principles must matter. McDaniel might just win.

I agree with Rand on most issues but he is trying to hard to avoid the media police force's scrutiny. Dancing on the head of this pin will not do Rand any good.


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In this particular instance, McDaniel should carefully consider running anyway. Any 'disaffected' GOP voters who stay home are as childish as liberals.
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You certainly don't expect people to vote for Thad Cochran? No one with any self respect would vote for him, after this sleazy charade they pulled. They are not childish, they are self respecting tax payers, who aren't going to waste their precious vote on people who attack them. Good grief. If you keep enabling this behavior, it's going to continue. At some point you have to stop and let the chips fall where they may. It's better to lose this seat now. The same can be said for McConnell in KY.
8 weeks ago
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Restricting the franchise yields a higher, better quality result than universal suffrage.

Who shouldn't be allowed to vote? Those who don't pay taxes, that's who! Do you let your children decide on how your income is spent in terms of mortage/rent, car expenses, food, and clothing?

Of course you don't, because those who are inexperienced with financial responsibility are least like to be financially responsible. It would be stupid.

So why do we give the irresponsible citizenry the right to tell those who are responsible how their money will be spent in government? Is it because it's fair? No.

It's because it empowers corrupt politicians, that's why.
8 weeks ago
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Very "democratic" of you. Everyone pays taxes of some sort, some pay more, some less. How about we restrict the vote to those who do not receive any government benefit - food stamps, mortgage deductions, unemployment, agricultural subsidies, resource depletion allowances, Pell grants? Where do we draw the line?
8 weeks ago
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Nice dream, but if we cannot even get voter ID what's the chances. Primaries should not be open.
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Bold statement...and it makes sense, but the problem (as well as the universal whining in the enemy media) would be in the details. Who gets to vote? I mean what taxes would count, e.g., sales taxes?
8 weeks ago
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Federal elections, federal taxes. State elections, state taxes.

Simple, bring your forms with you on voting day.
8 weeks ago
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I don't believe sales taxes have forms.
8 weeks ago
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Maybe we should let Russians vote, too. That would make for waaaaay more voters....and I guess it's the number of voters that is important....not whether rules/laws/loyalty to party principles are adhered to.
8 weeks ago
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The Russians already vote. So do the Chinese, Saudis, and Germans. Thank you unlimited money in our political system.
8 weeks ago
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Wait a minute. Are you pointing out one of the many obvious flaws in Rand Paul's reasoning and "logic"?
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I'm all for more *citizens* voting.

I'm also for more people voting once -- and only once. I guess I'm "completely crazy"...
8 weeks ago
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Quaint, eccentric (if you are rich), not crazy.
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