Yahoo Watch: Rand Paul

by Michael Sean Winters

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Rand Paul, for the first time in months, gave an interview to the national media, albeit, to one of the more friendly organs in the national media, the National Review. This paragraph caught my eye:

Paul, 47, an ophthalmologist by profession, says the kerfuffle has changed the way he campaigns. “After the primary, I really wanted to jump right into the national debate,” he says. His civil-rights remarks, he admits, “have made doing that a little more difficult.” However, “No one [in the GOP] is forcing me to do anything. I do exactly what I want, but I am also realistic about what it takes to run a campaign and get elected.” For instance, instead of calling for the elimination of many federal departments — as his father, Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican congressman and former presidential candidate, regularly does — Paul says he is trying to “nibble around the edges,” to “not be the person who says he will eliminate every department in the federal government. My dad freely will say that, that he would eliminate at least half of the departments, but he is just more forthright.”

So, he does not say that he disagrees with his father about shutting down the federal government as we know it, only that he feels the need to be less forthright? So, the good people of Kentucky are invited to support him because he is successfully disingenuous? Maybe he should go back to talking about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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