Should Rand Paul be allowed to run for two offices simultaneously? Presently, Kentucky law says no and there is no provision for a presidential caucus.
Since it would take a great deal of time and effort to change an existing law, an alternative has been offered. Rand Paul is asking 350 ‘unruly’ Republican legislators from Kentucky to okay a presidential caucus…if he pays for it. The senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, supports Paul’s efforts.
Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have their differences and these have been widely publicized. They may not agree on some matters of foreign policy, but they support each other on many other matters. Rand Paul shares his diehard conservative values (smaller government, individual fiscal responsibility) with the senior Senator and there is little debate there. Thus, it is not surprising that McConnell would also support Paul when it comes to initiating a presidential caucus which would allow Rand Paul to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
The main issue is that a caucus costs a great deal more to arrange and put on. The Kentucky Republican party estimates that it could cost the state from $450,000 to $500,000 (and possibly more) to change from a primary to a caucus. The support of Mitch McConnell and Paul’s willingness to defray costs has guaranteed that he will get a vote at the very least. With the promise of a $250,000 down payment to start with and more to follow, Kentucky legislators should be more likely to say ‘yes’ to a presidential caucus. Send us a tweet with your thoughts or comment on Facebook.
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