Responding to critics, Paul has adamantly reaffirmed that he is still in the 2016 race.
While it’s looked like an uphill climb this year with so many in the primaries, Paul is not backing down. Why is he still in the 2016 race? Because the Republican party needs real leadership now more than ever.
Republicans are at a crossroads for the soul of their party. With the exit of Boehner and ascendancy of Tea Party style conservatives, this election is both about capturing the White House and setting the course for the future of the party itself. But will Paul survive?
Politico seems to have doubts. Politico quoted a New Hampshire Republican in their survey as saying:
“Rand Paul’s campaign [reeks] of the same stench of death that surrounded the Perry and Walker efforts before their demise.”
In contrast though, the Libertarian Republic gives a more accurate assessment, reminding readers that two-thirds of Republicans remain undecided still on the primaries. This means that, while the numbers might seem concerning for Paul supporters, early polls are not a realistic representation of voter preferences other than that of a small (albeit) vocal minority. Paul himself further noted that early polls rarely had any significance at all in determining who the party’s eventual nominee would be.
For Paul, this race is far too important. The alternatives are more establishment Republicans or, perhaps worse, a future President Trump. As to more establishment Republicans, Paul sees them as just one side of the same old bad coin:
“The problem in Washington is that there is an unholy alliance between left and right… They’re both bankrupting the country.” (The Hill)
As to a future Trump nomination, Paul was even more blunt when speaking with CNN‘s Alisyn Camerota, referring to Trump as a clown performing his shtick, asking:
“How did we get the race for the most important office in the free world to sink to such low depths?”
Why such anger towards Trump? Was it the juvenile attacks against Paul that Trump has made? No, the issue runs much deeper than that. Trump has been running a charade, the shtick, as Paul so rightly called it. He has riled up a base of conservatives tired of establishment politics proclaiming himself the champion of the silent, conservative majority. But Trump’s record does not match his rhetoric.
The Washington Post has summed up and documented his previous positions quite well. And while Trump might refuse to speak about it, his record is there for all to see. `This well documented pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-universal healthcare champion is now going to represent the Republicans in the next run for the White House? You may have fooled innocent voters, Mr. Trump, but Paul has your number and it won’t be over until November.
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Written by Mark Davis; Edited by Staff
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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