Rand Paul

Here's How Mitch McConnell Can Help Rand Paul Run for President and Senate

It's a caucus race


Rand Paul
Gage Skidmore

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a purely political animal; pundits have therefore predicted that he will do anything he can to support Sen. Rand Paul's presidential ambitions. McConnell owes his re-election in part to Paul's support, which helped deflect concerns among grassroots Tea Party groups that the amphibious insider wasn't sufficiently conservative.

Well, McConnell is already paying back that debt by throwing his support behind a plan that would sidestep one of the most irritating obstacles standing between Paul and the presidential race: the Kentucky law that prevents Paul from seeking both the presidency and re-election to the US. Senate in 2016.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, McConnell has endorsed holding a presidential caucus in Kentucky:

Earlier this month, [McConnell's chief of staff Brian McGuire] said in a statement to the Herald-Leader that McConnell would not take a public position on Paul's request for a caucus. McConnell and his allies were concerned that a caucus well ahead of the traditional May primary might distract from efforts to retake the state House. In addition, McConnell had concerns that if Paul wins the national nomination for president and the state nomination for re-election to the Senate, Kentucky law might make it impossible to replace him on the ballot.

That could provide Democrats with a pick-up opportunity in what many observers consider a safely Republican state, threatening McConnell's position as majority leader.

On Tuesday, McGuire said Paul had allayed McConnell's concerns.

"Not only would it be helpful to the senator's presidential campaign but, as a one-time event paid for with funds that he'd raise, would do no damage to the state party or interfere with this year's state races," McGuire said.

Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican, has also strongly endorsed Rand's plan.

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  1. It’s nice that Mitch owes Rand a favor and that he’s coming through when it counts. But I’m fairly certain that the Team Red smoke-filled room is gonna go with Anyone But Rand.

    1. Actually, a caucus in his home state would almost certainly be a sure win right? Caucuses are where Ron Paul did good. Sure there may be shenanigans on the way to picking delegates after that though.

      1. I might get actively involved.

  2. …the amphibious insider…

    Robby is going after ENB and 2Chilly for most awesome Reason writer.

  3. So we really want a responsibility-shirker as our president?

  4. I don’t trust McConnel as far as I could throw Rush Limbaugh’s fat ass. I remember what that asshole did to try to keep Rand out of the senate in the first place.


  5. Are all turtles amphibious?

    You know, if turtle head was far south of the border, he might be known as ‘a tartaruga’, which is way cooler than turtle head and he could, well never mind, he’d still be a goofball.

    But I think Rand has him by the turtle nuts.

    And how is it that one of the least free of the states has produced 2 libertarians in congress? How is that even possible?

    1. Also, I lived in KY for a few years. That was back in the 80s, but most people I knew there were sort of don’t tread on me types. And moonshine and cannabis were extremely popular and almost everyone turned a blind eye to it.

    2. Well no turtles can actually breathe under water. All turtles will be out of the sea at least right after birth and for females when they lay eggs.

  6. Unless Rand shuts his father up, there’s going to be little point in him running.

    His recent marks have probably undone all the inroads Rand has made with the black community.

    1. What did Ron say about blacks recently?

    2. Sadly people are too stupid to realize that Rand Paul and Ron Paul are two different people.

      1. So Rand didn’t inherit a dynasty and it’s not his turn?

  7. A Rand Paul type of leader is probably the last hope we have in stopping the socialist machine that has been rolling over the US for the last 100 years. It’s probably already too late. How do we possibly win against the main stream media, academia, unions, Hollywood elite and their influence, the stupid youth vote, proponents of illegal immigration, the 47% Romney mentioned on the government tit, the evangelical/religious right that turns most people away from anything slightly conservative?


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