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Politics
11:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Paul Still Has Ballot Quandary in Kentucky

Sen. Rand Paul

Update 1:32 p.m. CST

Politico reports that Sen. Paul's team believe they may have found a workaround to the law preventing the Bowling Green Republican for running simultaneous campaigns in 2016.

Original Associated Press story:

The Republican tidal wave that swept Democrats out of office nationwide didn't solve U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's potential quandary in Kentucky.

The Tea Party favorite could become entangled in a state election law if he runs for president and another Senate term in 2016.

Legislation aimed at tweaking the once-obscure law to ensure Paul could appear on Kentucky's ballot for both offices simultaneously easily passed the GOP-led Kentucky Senate this year. But the measure died across the Capitol in the House, where Democrats are in charge.

Democrats hung on to their House majority despite a strong GOP challenge in this month's election.

That's left the first-term senator and his supporters looking for other potential options.

Politics
1:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Beyond The Ballot: Tuesday's Winners And Losers

From left, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at an event hosted by the Iowa GOP Des Moines Victory Office on August 6, 2014; former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on November 1, 2014; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stands with Florida Governor Rick Scott as they make a campaign stop on October 16, 2014. (Scott Olson; Stacy Revere; Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:06 pm

Tuesday night belonged to the Republicans. Not only did they gain control of the Senate, but they upped their majority in the House and picked up several governorships, including in several staunchly blue states — Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois.

But beyond the Republican Party and the winning candidates, who else fared well — and not so well — on Tuesday? Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to NPR’s Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the winners and losers of the 2014 midterms.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Preview of '16? Rand Paul Uses GOP Wins to Criticize Clinton

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green

Mitch McConnell isn’t the only Kentucky Senator basking in the afterglow of Tuesday night’s election results.

Rand Paul is using the election as an opportunity to criticize the woman many consider to be the next Democratic Presidential front-runner: Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Paul says he won’t formally decide on whether or not to launch a 2016 presidential bid until next spring. But the Bowling Green Republican is acting the part of a White House contender, and judging from recent comments, he firmly believes Hillary Clinton is his biggest obstacle to winning the presidential contest.

Paul has wasted no time in describing Tuesday night’s Republican victories around the nation as a “repudiation of Hillary Clinton.” In speeches and interviews following the election, Paul has pointed out that the former First Lady and New York Senator campaigned on behalf of several Democratic Senate candidates who ultimately lost—including Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.

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Regional
12:36 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Paul To Campaign For McConnell On Monday

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul will campaign with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on the day before Kentucky's pivotal Senate election.

Paul will join McConnell on seven campaign stops Monday at airports across the state. McConnell will begin the day in Louisville before ending in Bowling Green, Paul's hometown. McConnell is facing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in one of the country's most watched Senate races.

 Paul has been campaigning in competitive elections across the country as he attempts to boost his profile ahead of a possible run for president in 2016.

Grimes campaigned with former President Bill Clinton on Thursday and is scheduled to appear with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday.

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Politics
5:42 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Paul Launches Ads in Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina and Beyond

He's not even on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is beginning news TV ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country.

The prospective Presidential candidate is praising Kansas Senator Pat Roberts for voting against sending billions of dollars to "countries that hate us" in an advertising campaign set to begin running across Kansas Tuesday, according to an announcement released by Paul's political action committee, RandPac. A spokesman said the group is spending six figures on the ads, which reference the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, without mentioning it by name.

Paul will campaign in Kansas on Tuesday.

At the same time, Paul's organization is launching a series of on-line ads aimed at influencing Senate contests in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa and North Carolina.

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Regional
1:47 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Rand Paul Tries To Peel Away Isolationist Label

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul is playing down isolationist positions on foreign policy and advocating an approach that he says "recognizes our limits and preserves our might."

The Kentucky Republican is set to give a speech Thursday night in New York that's intended to spell out where he stands on foreign affairs as he considers a White House run in 2016.

Paul has drawn sharp criticism from within his own party for favoring a smaller American footprint on the international stage.

 The Associated Press has obtained Paul's prepared remarks to the Center for the National Interest.

He doesn't rule out military action, but says the U.S. must have a clear exit strategy before using force and cannot have "perpetual war."

Politics
12:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Sen. Paul to Spend Much Of October On the Road

Sen. Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is set to do a lot of traveling over the next three weeks. The Courier-Journal reports between now and October 29th, Paul is scheduled to appear at political events in eight states, including one in Bowling Green this weekend.

Paul, who says he’s considering a White House run in 2016, will also appear in Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Kansas among others.

Politics
2:01 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sen. Paul, Republicans Rallying Behind 'Religious Liberty'

Sen. Rand Paul

Leading Republicans are rallying around "religious liberty" at home and abroad as religious activists gather for a weekend conference.

The annual Voters Value Summit begins Friday in Washington with speeches from several prospective presidential candidates. The lineup includes Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Organizers expect participants to unite around what they call President Barack Obama's attack on religious liberty, instead of focusing on divisive social issues.

The intraparty debate over social issues has broad implications on the GOP's struggle to improve its brand ahead of the November elections and the 2016 presidential contest. The Republican National Committee released an internal audit last year calling for party leaders to be more "inclusive and welcoming" on social issues.

Politics
3:18 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rand Paul: U.S. Must Be More Realistic In Foreign Policy Approach

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says the U.S. has "gone too far in thinking we can re-create an American democratic paradise in the Middle East."
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 8:00 am

In a prime-time speech Wednesday, President Obama called on Congress to support his fight against the extremist group known as Islamic State. That call has been getting mixed reaction on Capitol Hill, including from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He says that while he supports the fight against ISIS, he believes the president is "going about it in the wrong way."

His father, Ron Paul, twice ran for president as a candidate who never strayed from a firm libertarian path.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Sen. Rand Paul meets with local Republicans in Hiawatha, Iowa. He's made three trips to the state this year.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:43 pm

It's still more than 15 months until the Iowa caucuses, and no one in the crowded field of Republicans with presidential ambitions has announced. But things are already happening in Iowa, especially for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul has reached out to Iowans who never considered voting for his father, Ron Paul, who made a respectable third-place showing there in 2012.

He's still popular with his father's old supporters. Many of them are in the so-called liberty faction of the Iowa GOP.

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