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The Uniquely Widespread Presidential Campaign of Rand Paul

November 26, 2014 in Economics

By Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff

Bringing blacks, Jews and the Constitution back into the Republican Party, Rand Paul is intently looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, reports Mike Allen in Politico:

“Coming off a midterm campaign blitz in 35 states … Paul, who has set the ambitious goal of raising the Republican share of the African-American vote from 6 percent in 2012 to 33 percent in 2016, met with African-American groups in Ferguson, Mo. (still seething with protests); spoke to the National Urban League convention in July; and regularly meets with small groups of African-Americans to talk up his plans for school choice and justice reform” (“Rand’s grand plan,” Mike Allen, politico.com, Nov. 9).

Paul tells Politico: “Until the Republican Party becomes more diverse, we are going to struggle.”

Moreover, Allen writes, “As Paul traveled the country this year, he also held private sit-downs with rabbis and Jewish leaders in various cities.”

Paul explains, “I think we’ve spent a lot of time in the Jewish community, letting them know that our position is that we are very conscious of and supportive of our special alliance with Israel.”

This is in dynamic contrast, of course, with Barack Obama’s frigid relationship with Israel, particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

And dig this assessment from Scott Read, who directed Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996 and is currently the senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

“In any two-week period of the last six months,” he tells Allen, “Rand Paul did more smart things to grow the party than everyone else combined. Going to Berkeley and barrios and ghettos — he’s not afraid to go where no one else wants to go.”

Having gotten to know the senator personally somewhat, I’m not as surprised by that amid the silence of many political commentators.

But I never thought he was as skillful an organizer of political campaigns as Allen details in Politico: “He’s already built what top GOP operatives consider by far the most extensive operation of any of the party’s presidential hopefuls.

“He has his own advance staff housed at RAND PAC, his political action committee, which over the past five years has raised $13.6 million and spent $10.7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And he is planning to open a Silicon Valley office to add ties and presumably fundraising heft among the libertarian-minded tech crowd.”

Worth noting in the Politico report is that “Paul was endorsed for president (earlier this month) …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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