Rand Paul’s Efforts to Win Black Voters Imploding at Lightning Speed

Rand Paul and black voters

Rand Paul’s Efforts to Win Black Voters Imploding at Lightning Speed (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Rand Paul outreach to black voters implodes

Rand Paul’s efforts to win black voters hit a brick wall. It’s imploding. CNN reports, Paul’s  “intensive effort to redeem himself, and the Republican Party, with minorities seemed to be on the verge of cratering.”

“He joked Tuesday to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he was happy his train didn’t stop in the riot-scarred city of Baltimore. It was exactly the type of tone-deaf remark the Kentucky senator’s group of black advisers urged him to avoid as he seeks to expand the GOP’s outreach to minorities… The episode underscores Paul’s complicated history with race. This is the man who openly questioned central tenets of the Civil Rights Act before he later voiced unequivocal support.”

Listen to Rand Paul laugh at an issue black voters take very seriously:

PPP Poll: Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker Lead Pack in Iowa

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Poll: Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker Lead Pack in Iowa (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

A recent poll from Public Policy Polling found Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker are leading contenders in the presidential race for respective parties in Iowa.

PPP’s newest Iowa poll finds Scott Walker well ahead of the rest of the Republican field in Iowa, getting 23% to 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, 8% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Ben Carson, 5% for Chris Christie, and 4% for Rick Perry.

For the Democrats…

On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton leads with 62% to 14% for Bernie Sanders, 6% for Martin O’Malley, 3% for Jim Webb, and 2% for Lincoln Chafee. We have now found Sanders polling at double digits in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He leads the non-Clinton candidates in name recognition at 56%, followed by 34% for O’Malley, 31% for Webb, and 25% for Chafee. Sanders is also the most frequently named second choice at 18% to 14% for O’Malley, and 12% for Clinton.

This comes as Bernie Sanders is set to announce his presidential campaign on Thursday. He is the first challenger to Hillary Clinton.

For more blog discussion on Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, CLICK HERE

Rand Paul: Baltimore Protests About “Lack of Fathers” and “Lack of Moral Code”

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Rand Paul: Baltimore Protests About “Lack of Fathers” and “Lack of Moral Code” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Rand Paul on Baltimore protests

Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul said the Baltimore protests about a lack of fathers and lack of morals. Another tone-deaf, rich white person lecturing the black community about its problems. How about when a rich white kid from a broken home goes on a shooting rampage and kills innocent kids? They blame that on mental illness.

Talking Points Memo: “I came through the train on Baltimore (sic) last night, I’m glad the train didn’t stop,” he said, laughing, during an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

Railing against what he repeatedly called “thuggery and thievery” in the streets of Baltimore, Paul told Ingraham that talking about “root causes” was not appropriate in the middle of a riot.

“The police have to do what they have to do, and I am very sympathetic to the plight of the police in this,” he said.

As far as root causes, Paul listed some ideas of his own.

“There are so many things we can talk about,” the senator said, “the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of a moral code in our society.”

He added that “this isn’t just a racial thing.”

Here’s the audio from Media Matters:

Rand Paul’s Campaign Slogan: “Defeat the Washington Machine”

Rand Paul's Campaign Slogan:  "Defeat Washington Machine"

Rand Paul’s Campaign Slogan: “Defeat the Washington Machine” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign slogan for the 2016 presidential election will be: “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream,”Politico reports.

“The slogan, beneath the RANDPAC logo of a torch flame, will be unveiled tomorrow as the senator kicks off a five-day, five-state announcement tour – starting in Kentucky and then going to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada (plus a Friday night fundraiser in Newport Beach, Calif.). The slogan is designed to set a theme that would work in both the primaries and the general election.”

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Clinton leads potential Republican presidential candidates by double digits in a recent CNN/ORC poll. This comes as the former secretary of state has been dogged by a private email scandal. She also maintains a huge lead among possible Democratic candidates. Um, so, the email scandal isn’t really dinging her as much as the GOP hopes.

Rand Paul comes closest, with 43% saying they’d be more likely to back him while 54% choose Clinton. The two candidates who currently top the GOP field, Bush and Walker, match up equally against Clinton, with each carrying 40% to her 55%. Huckabee gets 41% to Clinton’s 55% and Carson has 40% to Clinton’s 56%.

In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton holds a nearly 50-point lead over Vice President Joe Biden, her closest competitor in the field, 62% to 15%. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren rounds out the top three on the Democratic side with 10%. No other potential candidate tops 5%.

Should Warren decide not to get into the race, Clinton stands to benefit more than others, gaining 5 points and holding a 67% to 16% advantage over Biden when Warren’s backers are re-allocated to their second-choice candidate. Notably, with Warren out of the race, Clinton surges from 67% support to 74% among Democratic women. Source: CNN

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

Rand Paul Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot After Ridiculous Vaccination Comment

Rand Paul Backtracks on Vaccination Comment, Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot

Rand Paul Backtracks on Vaccination Comment, Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Sen. Rand Paul was blasted for saying some vaccinations should not be mandatory and that parents “own children” not the “state.” Um, guess who took a photo getting his booster shot? GOP presidential hypocrite Dr. Rand Paul. One problem, the liberal media didn’t twist what he said…

Here’s the response on Twitter:

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents "Own" the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says parents own children and not the state, therefore vaccinations should be voluntary. How incredibility reckless for a doctor to make such a comment.

As crazy as Sen. Rand Paul is, he seems to have outdone himself this time:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.

“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

[…]

In a heated interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, Paul expressed support for vaccination but bristled at the idea that it should be mandatory.

“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” he said sarcastically at the start of the exchange.

Paul also acknowledged hearing about cases in which healthy kids were left with “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated.

I guess the bigger question for me is, did Sen. Paul allow his kids to be vaccinated? Kinda sounds a lot like Rick Santorum saying President Obama was being “elitist” for suggesting every child in America should get a college education. That’s while Santorum had more than one degree.

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama's Cuba Policy: "Probably a Good Idea"

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”