Kentucky

Rand Paul Talks To Neil Cavuto

Rand Paul was on Neil Cavuto’s show Monday talking about the role of the Tea Party Movement in his campaign, and the 2010 elections generally:

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KY Senate: Jim DeMint endorses Rand Paul

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), via the Senate Conservatives Fund, has endorsed Rand Paul in the Republican primary for United States Senate in Kentucky:

“I’m endorsing Rand Paul because he’s a true conservative who will stand up to the Washington establishment,” said Senator DeMint. “Rand has been running on the issues that matter since the beginning of this campaign. He’s a strong advocate for balanced budgets, he wants to end the culture of earmarks, he supports term limits, and he’s 100% pro-life. Rand is exactly the kind of leader Americans are looking for right now. He’s not a career politician and he’s got the guts to stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are being forced on us in Washington.
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“We’re trying to lead our party back to the principles that made our country great,” said Senator DeMint,” and back to where the majority of Americans want us to be. Americans are looking for leaders who will honor their oath of office by fighting to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution. They’re looking for leaders like Rand Paul in Kentucky, and I’m proud to endorse him.”

DeMint, one of my heroes, was not going to get involved in the race, but after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got involved in the race yesterday by endorsing Trey Grayson, I guess he felt that he had to jump in.

KY Senate: Two weeks left in primary battle between Paul and Grayson

The Republican primary for United States Senate in Kentucky is starting to get interesting with just two weeks to go. Both Trey Grayson and Rand Paul are announcing endorsements. Grayson’s campaign is also touting internal polling that show s an even race.

Dave Weigel has heard that Paul’s internals show him up by double-digits, and polling made public by various firms would seem to back that up, including a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

Rand Paul v. Trey Grayson

  • Paul: 46%
  • Grayson: 28%
  • Other: 4%
  • Not sure: 21%

As we all know, the only poll that matters is the one taken on election day, which is May 18th in Kentucky.

Bombshell In KY-Senate Primary: James Dobson Switches Support From Trey Grayson To Rand Paul

This may very well be the final nail in the coffin of the Trey Grayson campaign:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. James Dobson has changed his endorsement in the Republican primary for United States Senate in Kentucky. Below is the text of Dr. James Dobson’s endorsement of Dr. Rand Paul in the race for U.S. Senate.

Dr. James Dobson: “Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent.

“But now I’ve received further information from OB/GYN’s in Kentucky whom I trust, and from interviewing the candidate himself.

“I now know that he is avidly pro life. He believes that life begins at conception.

“He opposes earmarking and supports Israel. He identifies with the Tea Party movement and believes in home schooling. Sounds like my kind of man.

“If I lived in Kentucky, I would vote for Dr. Rand Paul. Would you consider sending him to the U.S. Senate to shake things up in Washington?”

Dr. Paul adds, “I thank Dr. Dobson for his support and for his thorough investigation of the views of the candidates in this race. I believe his message and his explanation for his new endorsement says it all.“

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KY Senate: Palin takes to the airwaves for Rand Paul

KY Senate: Trey Greyson Lies About Rand Paul’s Position On Guantanamo Bay

Trey Grayson is out with another hit piece against Rand Paul and, like his 9/11 commercial from a few weeks ago, it’s full of distortions:

Nice try, Trey, but here’s what Rand Paul said about this issue back in November:

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2009

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Leading United States Senate candidate Rand Paul today criticized the Obama administration’s decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and try terrorism suspects in United States Civil Courts.

“Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution,” said Dr. Paul. “These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down on our enemies.”

Dr. Paul believes in strong national defense and thinks military spending should be our country’s top budget priority. He has also called for a Constitutional declaration of war with Afghanistan.

Nice try, Trey.

But it’s a lie.

KY Senate: Erick Erickson slams Trey Grayson

Over at Red State, Erick Erickson takes issue with Trey Grayson, who is currently trailing Rand Paul in the GOP primary for Senate in Kentucky, over lies and distortions his campaign is telling:

[L]et’s look at the NRSC’s favored candidate Trey Grayson for just a minute. The man has refused to take a substantive position on bailouts, etc. for the longest time. He’s peddled false smears against Paul that Paul is pro-choice. In fact, Rand Paul is very much pro-life, but thinks because abortion is a non-constitutional issue contrary to Roe v. Wade, it is an issue for the several states to ban and not for Congress, except for the bit about defunding federal payment for abortion, which he gladly supports doing.

Then there is the latest.

Grayson is behind in the polls with not much longer to go. He has hurled as many wild attacks at Rand as possible. He is now even attacking Rand for being a conservative on issues like Medicare and Social Security. Seriously — Trey Grayson is attacking Rand Paul for wanting to reform both entitlement programs, including allowing workers to invest their own social security money as they see fit.

Erickson also takes issue with Grayson’s comments about Sarah Palin being unqualified to be president. Personally, I think Grayson is right there, but it is most certainly sour grapes. I don’t think you’d be hearing Grayson taking shots at Palin had she not endorsed Rand Paul.

KY Senate: Bunning endorses Rand Paul

News broke last night that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who is retiring, will endorse Rand Paul to succeed him as the next Senator from the Bluegrass State:

In a rebuke to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment, retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) endorsed Rand Paul Wednesday in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary.

 

“Dr. Paul will be his own man in Washington, not beholden to the special interests and beltway insiders who come looking for handouts on a daily basis,” said Bunning in a statement.

 

Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and the son of former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), is facing Secretary of State Trey Grayson in next month’s primary.

 

By declaring his preference for Paul to succeed him, Bunning is extracting a measure of political revenge.

There has been friction between Bunning and McConnell, who is supporting Trey Grayson,  for some time, and this is the latest public display of that.

Trey Grayson, Paul’s opponent, fired a shot at Sen. Bunning:

Rand Paul Continues To Lead In Kentucky GOP Primary Battle

Well, it looks like the efforts of Dick Cheney and other Washington Republicans to go after Rand Paul aren’t working at all:

Bowling Green ophthalmologist Rand Paul has continued to maintain his 15 point lead over Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the GOP Senate primary, according to the poll.

The polling, conducted for the newspaper and television station by SurveyUSA, surveyed 446 Republicans and 659 Democrats likely to vote in the May 18 primary election.

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For Republicans, Paul leads Grayson 45-30 among likely voters. Other candidates combined for 6 percent of the vote, with 19 percent of respondents undecided.

In March, Paul led Grayson 42-27 percent, with 19 percent of Republican voters undecided.

Last week, a new Rasmussen poll showed Paul (and, to be fair Grayson) maintaining a double digit lead over either of the prospective Democratic nominees.

At the very least it looks like the Dick Cheney endorsement and Grayson’s 9/11 smear ad have had no impact on the race at all.


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