Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says a state law preventing candidates from having their names appear more than once on the ballot won't deter him from staging dual campaigns for Senate re-election and president if he decides to make a bid for the White House in 2016.
Paul told the Associated Press he's still discussing with his family whether to enter the presidential race. But he insisted the Kentucky ballot law won't be an obstacle. The Republican with considerable Tea Party support kept open the option of mounting a court challenge seeking to have his name on the Kentucky ballot for both races.
Legislation aimed at letting Paul run for both offices passed the GOP-led state Senate this year in Frankfort, but died in the Democratic-run House.
Sen. Rand Paul is calling for Republicans across Kentucky to support Sen. Mitch McConnell in his campaign against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The first-term senator, considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Friday that a vote for Grimes would be a vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his policy of advancing President Barack Obama's agenda.
McConnell says he has not spoken to Matt Bevin since defeating him in Tuesday's Republican primary. But he says he was not worried about losing Republican votes in the general election.
Grimes released an open letter to Bevin's supporters on Friday saying McConnell will lie about her in campaign ads just as he lied about Bevin. She urged them to get to know her and her true positions.
Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says he wants to block the President’s nomination of David Barron for the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals because of Barron’s legal memos related to drones. During his time as a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, Barron reportedly authored at least two classified opinions giving the go-ahead to use drones to kill the U.S.-born extremist Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen.
Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators have helped defeat an effort to raise the federal minimum wage.
Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul joined almost every other GOP Senator Wednesday in voting against a bill that would have boosted the minimum pay level for federal workers to $10.10 an hour by 2016, up from the current rate of $7.25.
Indiana Republican Sen. Dan Coats voted against the bill, with Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly supporting it.
Overall, the bill received 54 votes in favor and 42 votes against, short of the 60-vote threshold needed to continue.
Tennessee’s Bob Corker was the only Republican to vote in favor of the measure.
The federal minimum wage bill has become a hot campaign topic ahead of the next round of Congressional elections. Democrats have portrayed GOP opposition to a minimum wage increase as proof of Republican disinterest in the working class poor.
Republicans point to a Congressional Budget Office report that found such an increase could cost the economy 500,000 jobs.
Senator Rand Paul says raising the minimum wage would negatively impact job prospects for minorities and children.
The Courier-Journal reports that while speaking Monday night to a group of business owners and officials in Louisville, Sen. Paul said Congress could help the poor and unemployed by cutting corporate and personal income taxes in struggling areas.
The Bowling Green Republican has introduced a bill that would create what he calls “economic freedom zones” in zip codes where at least one-quarter of the residents live at or below the poverty line.
That move comes amid a debate at both the federal and state governmental levels over whether the minimum wage should be hiked. Congress is considering whether to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsored legislation this year that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to that same level over the course of three years.
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is undecided on a 2016 presidential bid, and so are his constituents.
A poll released Wednesday shows 31% of registered voters in Kentucky say Senator Paul should seek the Republican nomination for president while 34% say he should not. Another 32% are undecided.
The poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation questioned 891 registered Kentucky voters between April 8-15. While acknowledging his wife’s reservations about a presidential run, Paul has said he won’t make a decision until after the November elections.
Meanwhile, the Bowling Green Republican continues trekking across the country and speaking at events. This week he hosted school choice roundtables in Chicago and Milwaukee. This weekend, Senator Paul will be in Massachusetts speaking at the Harvard Institute of Politics. He’ll also address the state GOP convention in Maine.
Paul’s fellow Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell writes a tribute to Paul in Time, saying the “real secret” to Paul’s “rapid rise from a Bowling Green operating room to the Center of American politics is his authenticity”.
McConnell also writes that Paul is “forcing people to rethink the Republican Party.”
Meantime, a New York Times/Kaiser Family Family Foundation poll released this week shows one-third of Kentucky voters think Paul should make a presidential run in 2016. Another third feel Paul should not, while just over 30 percent say they don't have enough information to form an opinion.
Paul has said he'll wait until after the mid-term elections to announce a possible White House bid.
Senator Rand Paul assailed President Barack Obama and other government leaders over recent surveillance disclosures and called for a congressional investigation of possible spying abuses during a brief speech before cheering students at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Republican senator from Kentucky on Wednesday used his platform at the historically liberal campus to chide "the nation's first African-American president" for allowing the alleged spying abuses to occur with "no compunction," even though Martin Luther King Jr. and other black heroes were once targets of illegal government surveillance.
Paul also called for federal lawmakers to create a special committee to investigate allegations raised by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that CIA agents secretly searched Senate computers.
A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate Tuesday.
Senate Bill 205, sponsored by GOP Floor Leader Damon Thayer, would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice-presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.
Paul is widely considered to be front-runner for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016, when he is also up for re-election, but the Bowling Green Republican has not announced any specific plans.
Thayer's bill now heads to the House, where Speaker Greg Stumbo has laughed at the idea.
A revised bill that would allow Rand Paul to run for Senate re-election and the White House at the same time is gaining ground.
A Kentucky Senate committee passed the measure after it was changed to specify that the bill applies only to those running for either President or Vice-President of the U.S. Every Republican and one Democrat on the committee voted to forward the bill on to the full Senate.
Current Kentucky law disallows a candidate from appearing twice on a general election ballot.
Bill sponsor Damon Thayer told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the changes to the bill were modeled after a statute in Wisconsin that allowed GOP Congressman Paul Ryan to run for Vice President and the U.S. House in 2012.
Senator Reggie Thomas, one of the Democrats who voted against the measure, said it “defies common sense.”