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Why Did Rand Paul Run Away From a Confrontation with a DREAMer?

Was it political acumen or an act of cowardice?

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Paula Bolyard

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August 7, 2014 - 12:25 pm
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At a Monday fundraiser in Iowa, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) bolted when “DREAMer” Erika Andiola interrupted his lunch with Congressman Steve King (R-IA). Andiola, the co-director of DREAM Action Coalition, approached the table where Paul and King were seated and introduced herself.

“My name is Erika,” she said. “I’m actually a DREAMer myself.” Immediately upon hearing the word “DREAMer,” Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director, nodded to the senator, who had just taken a bite of his burger, and the two stood up and left before Paul could even finish chewing the chunk of burger in his mouth.

Rep. King hung around to have a lengthy and rather animated discussion with the young woman, who had been brought to the U.S. illegally by her mother when she was 11 years old.

It was clearly an ambush designed to provoke responses from King and Paul.  After Paul departed, Andiola invited King to tear up her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) card and she followed that up with a recitation of the typical talking points of the pro-amnesty crowd, all designed for maximum YouTube exposure.

King listened to Andiola’s concerns and then passionately (and mostly patiently) tried to explain to the young woman that the president didn’t have the constitutional authority to issue DACA cards, attempting to sell Andiola on the benefits of a country that is governed by rule of law. The exchange went on for more than seven minutes.

In an email to National Review, Sergio Gor said Paul had to leave to meet with the media. “Senator Paul had a media avail after the event and that’s where we had to be. CNN, Buzzfeed, Wall Street Journal and several local outlets attended the media avail.”

Appearing later on MSNBC, Andiola said that Rand Paul should think twice about being seen with Steve King if he’s considering running for president in 2016. “Steve King has been one of the most extreme anti-immigrant folks in Congress and I don’t know if Rand Paul actually learned a lesson from Mitt Romney, but Mitt Romney lost the election with the Latino vote because he didn’t support the DREAM Act and he believed in self-deportation.”

Andiola also said that Paul would need to face the issue of DREAMers if he wanted to run for president. “It’s a tough issue, but the reality is that if you have someone that is actually affected by it that’s trying to talk to you, you don’t run away. You actually sit there and you try to talk,” she said, “At least King … he talked to us. And Rand Paul, who is trying to run for office in 2016 didn’t even finish his burger and, you know, bailed out.”

So, was Rand Paul’s departure from what was clearly an ambush by the pro-amnesty activist a canny demonstration of political acumen or an act of cowardice?

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Rand Paul might be afraid of dreamers (dream on you lawless putzs) - I'm not. I've had a couple of conversations with dreamer's parents who think nothing of freeloading on our country. They have no problem with working under the table - not paying taxes - knocking up the GF or wife and letting We The People foot the bill - and to add insult to injury let us pay for the hospital and Dr bills. The common refrain is "why should we pay? We're the ones that farm you farms - pick your fruits and vegetables and for that we get what?" Well for one they often get welfare and free medical/dental for the kids and wife/GF - gov. assisted housing (in Washington State anyway) while the husband/BF work in common labor 5-6 days per week and get up to $15 per hour since the farmer isn't burdened with paying onerous federal and state taxes that they'd have to pay if the worker were on the tax rolls. The usual answer to all that they say is "well the price of apples and peaches etc etc will go up if you deport us." We're paying much more for the 'privilege' of having you pick my fruit than you know - after all - what is your wife/GF producing for us other than more anchor babies? Silence...

Dreamers: How about going back to Mexico or wherever you came from and make your dreams come true there? Its what we and our ancestors did for America. Throw out your corrupted politicians and you'd be surprised by how good things can get rather quickly. Aw - but I must be 'dreaming' too to think that could ever happen.
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What Mr. Rand Paul is afraid of are three words: "Rule of Law."
Secondly, Mr. Rand Paul bills himself as a Libertarian. Murray Rothbarb, father of modern day Libertarianism in the USA, states emphatically his socio/economic theories (largely debunked by his peers) concerning "Libertarianism" are nothing more, nothing less than re-hashed "Classical Liberalism."
Thirdly, Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism are (roughly) one and the same...pretzel twisting of the same theme and principles. That's why Mr. Rand Paul cannot reconcile his "Libertarianism" with a "DREAMERS" Liberalism. THEY BOTH ARE ON THE SAME TRACK.
Mr. Rand Paul cannot deconstruct his socio/political stand from either Libertarianism nor Liberalism. And his goal is to run for President? We The People don't need another "waffler" in the Oval Office. Pray. Amen. God Bless America.
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I think we need to be a lot more careful about throwing around that word, "coward". It comes too easily these days. We're losing the ability to describe things accurately because we are careless with words. Any heated comment becomes a "terroristic threat", every mildly nice thing is "awesome".

We're losing the language.

I'm no fan of Paul, but I don't think that word is justified. There was no duty for him to talk to such a person, no reason for him to talk to a criminal. No reason to use the word, "coward".



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He should have pulled out his rapier and run her through the heart.
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Rand Paul was asked about this on Fox news. He said he had been asked to do another interview and told that person that he just wanted a bite of his sandwich first. He did that and then got up to go to the other interview which was just a few feet away. He said he did not run away from the dreamer but simply had to do another interview. In the video that's what it look like. Should he have stayed and argued with the dreamer? Who knows.
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I don't do ambush, no comment.
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Rule of law means nothing to these people except when it favors them.
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personal opinion , rand paul is a runaway . thought a lot of his dad .
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If you spend time talking to a crazy person, who is crazier?
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Rand Paul might be afraid of dreamers (dream on you lawless putzs) - I'm not. I've had a couple of conversations with dreamer's parents who think nothing of freeloading on our country. They have no problem with working under the table - not paying taxes - knocking up the GF or wife and letting We The People foot the bill - and to add insult to injury let us pay for the hospital and Dr bills. The common refrain is "why should we pay? We're the ones that farm you farms - pick your fruits and vegetables and for that we get what?" Well for one they often get welfare and free medical/dental for the kids and wife/GF - gov. assisted housing (in Washington State anyway) while the husband/BF work in common labor 5-6 days per week and get up to $15 per hour since the farmer isn't burdened with paying onerous federal and state taxes that they'd have to pay if the worker were on the tax rolls. The usual answer to all that they say is "well the price of apples and peaches etc etc will go up if you deport us." We're paying much more for the 'privilege' of having you pick my fruit than you know - after all - what is your wife/GF producing for us other than more anchor babies? Silence...

Dreamers: How about going back to Mexico or wherever you came from and make your dreams come true there? Its what we and our ancestors did for America. Throw out your corrupted politicians and you'd be surprised by how good things can get rather quickly. Aw - but I must be 'dreaming' too to think that could ever happen.
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Rand Paul ran away
Bravely ran away
When danger reared its ugly head
He bravely turned tail and fled
He bravely turned about
And gallantly chickened out
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