- Prison Planet.com - http://www.prisonplanet.com -

It’s time to start taking Rand Paul seriously

Posted By admin On March 18, 2014 @ 10:29 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

CHRIS CILLIZZA
Washington Post [1]
March 18, 2014

Two things happened over the weekend in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

1. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul led the field in a national poll conducted by CNN/ORC International [2].

2. Paul won the straw poll at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conferen [3]ce.

Those two events come just a week after Paul cruised to another 2016 straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference [4]. Add those things up and it’s quite clear that Paul is the candidate of the moment on the Republican side.  There’s no one  – not even Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush — who has the sort of devoted following of Paul. And, the Kentucky senator has a number of other built-in advantages over the other oft-mentioned 2016 candidates — many of them due to his father’s bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012.

To wit:

* Fundraising. Then Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) raised $35 million for his 2008 presidential campaign and collected $41 million for his 2012 campaign. The $35 million figure is probably the floor of what the younger Paul can raise in 2016, a total he can harvest simply by re-upping with many of the same people who gave to his father. That’s a significant nest egg on which to start a presidential primary campaign in which the field is likely to be very crowded — meaning that the cash pie will be split a million (ha ha) different ways. Paul, unlike anyone else in the field, has a fundraising stream almost all to himself. People who gave to his father in 2008/2012 are not the sort of people who are traditional Republican establishment donors; they are for Paul or no one.  And, there is evidence that Paul the younger isn’t content with just collecting checks from his father’s network. He was in Atlanta in January, for example, meeting and greeting establishment donor types [5], one of a series of such events that he has done over the past months.

Full article here [1]


Article printed from Prison Planet.com: http://www.prisonplanet.com

URL to article: http://www.prisonplanet.com/its-time-to-start-taking-rand-paul-seriously.html

URLs in this post:

[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/17/its-time-to-start-taking-rand-paul-seriously/

[2]  national poll conducted by CNN/ORC International: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/16/cnn-poll-rand-paul-goes-where-his-father-never-went/

[3] straw poll at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conferen: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/15/Senator-Rand-Paul-Wins-NRLC-2014-Presidential-Survey

[4] Paul cruised to another 2016 straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/08/2014-cpac-rand-paul-wins-second-consecutive-cpac-straw-poll/

[5] He was in Atlanta in January, for example, meeting and greeting establishment donor types: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/13/3032406/political-paddock-rand-paul-connecting.html

[6] Rand Paul wins The Washington Times-CPAC 2013 Straw Poll: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rand-paul-wins-the-washington-times-cpac-2013-straw-poll.html

[7] No, wait — could Rand Paul really win?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-wait-could-rand-paul-really-win.html

[8] Rep. Ron Paul wins South Carolina straw poll: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rep-ron-paul-wins-south-carolina-straw-poll.html

[9] Ron Paul wins Ohio Republican straw poll: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-wins-ohio-republican-straw-poll.html

[10] Rand Paul tops potential GOP presidential candidates in national poll: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rand-paul-tops-potential-gop-presidential-candidates-in-national-poll.html

Copyright © 2013 PrisonPlanet.com. All rights reserved.