Sen. Rand Paul once again got a chance to woo South Carolinians – and, as he said, support an old friend – this time at the third annual “Faith & Freedom BBQ” hosted by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan.
According to Kentucky.com, “Paul got the biggest applause for his criticism of U.S. foreign aid, telling the crowd it makes no sense to borrow money from China to send to Pakistan.” They also said that about 900 people attended the Faith & Freedom event.
It was Paul’s second trip to the Palmetto State in recent months, and comes on the heels of visits to other important Republican primary states – New Hampshire, Iowa, and Nevada among them. GreenvilleOnline.com was also at Monday’s Faith & Freedom BBQ, and had this to report:
“‘We need to figure out how our party can grow bigger,’ Paul said at the Anderson Civic Center. ‘We need to have a message that’s optimistic and full of passion.’ U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also spoke at the fundraiser, urging the crowd to protect conservative principles…With Republicans divided over fiscal and foreign policies, health-care reform and immigration, Paul could be a candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.”
Paul also stepped in to a state that is gearing up for a potentially-combative Senate race itself, as Republican Lindsey Graham prepares to fend off a handful of challengers. He and Paul have disagreed in recent months on the use of U.S. foreign aid in Egypt. But as Politico says, Paul avoided directly addressing Graham’s recent shift towards the Kentucky Senator’s plan – ending over a $1 billion in annual aid to Egypt – and declined to give his opinion on the Senate race.
“Without naming names, Paul said he’s not entirely convinced by his fellow Republicans who have shifted stances on aid to Egypt, questioning whether they’d seek to continue sending cash to Egypt by backdoor means. But, he said, ‘It’s a debate that ultimately is coming in our direction.’
Of the South Carolina primary, Paul said: ‘I’ve met, I think, all three of the challengers, and like I said, I haven’t made a decision and I think it’s probably unlikely that I’ll get involved.'”
At this year’s Faith & Freedom BBQ, Paul also reiterated his (oft-requested) stance that he still has not decided whether to run for President in 2016. Enjoy this video clip of his speech then let us know if you’ll support Paul in 2016.
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