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Rand Paul Cleared to Run for President AND Senate

Rand Paul Cleared to Run for President AND Senate

Kentucky GOP caucus plan approved.

As we recently reported, Rand Paul has been dealing with the unique issue of running for president and his senate seat at the same time. Yesterday, his plans were approved.

Dave Weigel of the Washington Post:

Rand Paul sells Kentucky GOP on presidential caucus

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided a major headache Saturday after Kentucky Republican Party approved a rule change that would allow him to run for president while seeking reelection to his Senate seat.

“I applaud the Republican Party of Kentucky on their decision to hold a caucus in the upcoming Republican presidential cycle,” Paul said in a statement. “The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process.”

The party’s central committee approved Kentucky’s first-ever presidential caucus for March 5, 2016. The vote was 111 to 36, a stronger showing than expected, after a drama that took most of the day — ending just 20 minutes before the meeting had to end. Two-third of the central committee were needed to approve the caucus.

This report from FOX 56 in Kentucky will give you more on the process:

Paul sent out this press release yesterday afternoon:

Rand Paul Applauds the Republican Party of Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Republican Party of Kentucky today voted in favor of holding a caucus for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Following this decision, Sen. Rand Paul issued a statement supporting the efforts of the Kentucky state party:

“I applaud the Republican Party of Kentucky on their decision to hold a caucus in the upcoming Republican presidential cycle. The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process. I am also grateful for the Republican Party’s trust in me, allowing me to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate and seek the nomination for the Presidency of the United States,” Sen. Rand Paul said.

Paul’s supporters also seem happy with the decision:

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Comments

More of Mitch McConnell’s fine handiwork.

Rand Paul hasn’t a chance in hell of winning the presidential nod and he knows it.

Why is this flaccid loser wasting people’s time?

    platypus in reply to clafoutis. | August 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    No mystery – it’s about the benjamins. All money that goes into his president fund goes into his senate fund if he fails to spend it all. Most important is that he can legally exceed the donor caps since it is two separate funds. Donors are told to donate the maximum to each fund. When he drops out, it all reverts to his senate fund and presto! donor caps get exceeded.

    He likely learned this trick from McConnell. Just to be fair, the same thing is true for Cruz and Rubio as well.

David Gerstman | August 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

Doesn’t seem very libertarian to change a law to suit himself doesn’t it?

    Why not? In what way is it not libertarian? The same people who made the law (or, in this case, the party rule) can change it. How is the new rule less authoritative than the previous one?

    You can’t even claim that he’s changing the rules in mid-game, or in mid-season; on the contrary, he petitioned the league to change the rule before the season began. Isn’t that the proper way to do things?

holdingmynose | August 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Compare to Sen. Rubio who decided not to seek re-elction since he is running for President. Makes you wonder how serious Rand Paul really is about his run.

My desire is to live in a free country. I don’t. So I support Paul’s efforts to make us more free. I don’t agree with anyone on everything, but I understand the Mac truck of regulations I endure. The more pushing for actual and not fake freedom, the better.

I do think a speech coach would do wonders. I’m sure he’s animated in his own life; it would help if would animate his speech.

Subotai Bahadur | August 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

This completes and formalizes Rand Paul’s entry into the GOPe and voluntary subjugation to Mitch McConnell. And there is exactly what reason to vote for Paul?

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