Return of Rand: Paul’s Impressive Debate Performance Gives Him Liberty-Based Momentum

Return of Rand: Paul’s Impressive Debate Performance Gives Him Liberty-Based Momentum

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Pundits will argue who won last night’s debate, but for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, there is absolutely no doubt: the event was a huge win, a breakout evening for a campaign that has been gaining significant momentum after Paul’s Senate floor fight railing against robbing the Social Security trust fund went viral

With Iowa and New Hampshire just weeks away, Paul may find himself peaking just when he needs it the most.

Paul’s debate performance at Tuesday’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate has received rave reviews from media outlets and Republicans nationwide.

From correcting Trump on China, tangling with Marco Rubio over spending, and repeatedly differentiating himself from the rest of the field-especially on foreign policy issues-Paul proved he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Here is a collection of media clips talking about Paul’s night:

>>>Overall Performance

Why Rand Paul was the stealth winner of the GOP debate

The Week

“Nevertheless, it was Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) who made the most persuasive case that he could win over voters who aren’t committed conservative Republicans.”

http://theweek.com/articles/588216/why-rand-paul-stealth-winner-gop-debate

Rand Paul Went On The Offensive, Reshaped The Debate And Had His Strongest Performance Yet

Huffington Post

“He did more to create a real debate than any of the moderators.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rand-paul-gop-debate-milwaukee_5642dbbbe4b060377346ef28

Rand hit his stride in the debate—by letting his true self shine

Rare

“Paul had great moments challenging his opponent’s conventional charges…”

http://rare.us/story/rand-hit-his-stride-in-the-debate-by-letting-his-true-self-shine/#g31J5mdPLcUGbQxC.99

Rand Paul Shuts Down Donald Trump, Moderators, and Commercial Breaks

Vanity Fair

“A little more than an hour into Tuesday night’s G.O.P. presidential primary debate, most of the Republican hopefuls were ready for a commercial break. Most of the moderators were, too. So were the majority of viewers, and certainly, the advertisers who paid a pretty penny for their spots to air. But Rand Paul and debate moderator and Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker had another idea.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/11/rand-paul-debate-commercial-break

In Republican Debate, Candidates Battle Sharply on Immigration

NY Times

“Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who had perhaps the best night of his campaign, delivered a sophisticated explanation of his libertarian-leaning views on foreign policy. And he made a forceful case about conservatism, portraying Mr. Rubio as a big spender who would not adhere to small-government values.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/us/republican-debate-fox-business.html?_r=0

Rand Paul’s Hail Mary

Slate

“The Kentucky senator had little left to lose—and delivered his strongest debate performance yet.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/11/rand_paul_had_his_best_debate_the_kentucky_senator_returned_to_the_ideas.html

The Most Substantive Republican Debate Yet

The Federalist

“Paul managed to disagree with others on stage without seeming peevish about it, defended his tax plan well, and challenged others to defend their policy positions with a good command of the issues.”

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/11/the-most-substantive-republican-debate-yet/

The GOP’s Amateur Hour

Slate

“… Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had his first great night, challenging Sen. Marco Rubio on tax expenditures and defense spending, pushing Donald Trump on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and stepping into his father’s role as the libertarian gadfly in the race.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/11/republican_candidates_aren_t_prepared_to_argue_over_the_economy_in_a_general.html

>>>Trump & TPP

Rand Paul drops the mic on Donald Trump over China’s participation in trade deal

LA Times

“Boom. That was the implied sound effect Tuesday night as Sen. Rand Paul casually corrected Donald Trump on China’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sweeping trade deal among the U.S. and 11 other countries.”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-rand-paul-trump-china-trade-deal-20151110-htmlstory.html

Rand Paul Scores Direct Hit On Donald Trump

Huffington Post

“During Tuesday night’s GOP debate, Donald Trump predictably pivoted to China in a long-winded response explaining his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the U.S. has forged with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was not having it.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rand-paul-donald-trump_5642b260e4b060377346eaee

Rand Paul fact-checked Donald Trump when the Republican debate moderators didn’t

Vox

“After a lengthy exchange in which Donald Trump rambled about how China will take advantage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sen. Rand Paul did some on-the-spot fact-checking at the Republican debate tonight, pointing out that China is not a part of the trade deal and may, in fact, lose because of it.”

http://www.vox.com/2015/11/10/9710284/rand-paul-donald-trump-republican-debate

Rand Paul Shuts Down Donald Trump, Moderators, and Commercial Breaks

Vanity Fair

“A little more than an hour into Tuesday night’s G.O.P. presidential primary debate, most of the Republican hopefuls were ready for a commercial break. Most of the moderators were, too. So were the majority of viewers, and certainly, the advertisers who paid a pretty penny for their spots to air. But Rand Paul and debate moderator and Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker had another idea.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/11/rand-paul-debate-commercial-break

Paul reminds Trump: China not party to Obama’s trade deal

Washington Examiner

“When Donald Trump fielded a question on the Obama administration’s Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the business mogul criticized the deal because of its beneficial effect on China. But as Trump raged against the Chinese, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul interjected to point out that China was not even included in the deal.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/paul-reminds-trump-china-not-party-to-obamas-trade-deal/article/2576087

Rand Paul embarrassed Donald Trump over China and the TPP during the GOP debate

The Week

“Calling it a “horrible deal,” Donald Trump spoke out against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership during the Fox Business Republican debate, saying it would cause Americans to lose their jobs and was “designed for China to come in as they always do through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone.” As soon as he was finished, Sen. Rand Paul made an important clarification: China is not part of the deal.”

http://theweek.com/speedreads/588181/rand-paul-embarrassed-donald-trump-over-china-tpp-during-gop-debate

Rand Paul Corrects Donald Trump’s Claim That China Is Part of the TPP

Free Beacon

“Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) corrected Donald Trump by pointing out that China was not a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the Fox Business GOP debate Tuesday.”

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-paul-corrects-donald-trumps-comments-on-china-being-a-part-of-tpp/

>>>Rubio & Conservatism

Republican Debate 2016: Is Marco Rubio True Conservative? Rand Paul Takes Shot At Rising Star On Values

IBT

“Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul dueled with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio over the intersection of military spending and conservative values in one of the most heated exchanges of the Fox Business Network debate Tuesday.”

http://www.ibtimes.com/republican-debate-2016-marco-rubio-true-conservative-rand-paul-takes-shot-rising-star-2178342

Rand Paul says Marco Rubio is “not very conservative” for wanting more military spending

Rare

“Senator Rand Paul called out Senator Marco Rubio at the Republican presidential candidates debate tonight, attacking his tax plan and his desire to spend more on the military as “not very conservative.”

http://rare.us/story/rand-paul-says-marco-rubio-is-not-very-conservative-for-wanting-more-military-spending/#lGC6idABQ6rEjssT.99

Rand Paul Fights Rubio: You’re ‘Liberal on Military Spending’!

Mediaite

“Rand Paul picked a fight with Marco Rubio during tonight’s Fox Business debate over spending, basically accusing him of being “not very conservative” when it comes to that particular issue.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rand-paul-fights-rubio-youre-liberal-on-military-spending/

‘How Is It Conservative?’: Rubio, Rand Clash Over Military Spending

Daily Caller

“Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul  entered into a heated argument over military spending during Tuesday’s GOP debate, with the former asking “how is it conservative to add $1 trillion in military expenditures?”
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/10/how-is-it-conservative-rubio-crushes-rand-for-questioning-his-military-spending-video/#ixzz3r9jiSNCb

Rand Paul: Rubio’s Plans Not Conservative

Newsmax

“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul fought over taxes and military spending at Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, with Paul saying Rubio’s plans weren’t conservative.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/marco-rubio-rand-paul-gop-debate/2015/11/10/id/701600/#ixzz3r9jN35NN

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul clash over conservatism

Washington Times

“MILWAUKEE — Sen. Rand Paul challenged Sen. Marco Rubio’s conservative credentials at the Republican presidential debate Tuesday, saying his plan to give families child tax credits was a $1 trillion giveaway and not conservative.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/10/marco-rubio-rand-paul-clash-over-conservatism-repu/

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37 COMMENTS

  1. I like Rand Paul a lot. I always have. I think many of us Trump supporters do as well. The thing is, we believe Trump has a better chance of actually being able to carry out his promises. My dream ticket would be Trump/Paul 2016!!!

    • Trump is an empty suit, and he was shown up last night by Rand Paul. The last thing we need in the White House is another egomaniacal greenhorn who thinks the world revolves around him. We’ve suffered under that for 7 years now.

      • Yet Trump continues to lead every poll….lol…the man has a genius IQ the others don’t even come close, great tax policy, great immigration policy, get out then come back legal, only one that truly cares about the middle class and VETS….all the others jumped on his bandwagon after the first debate…his ego is our ego …he wants what the majority wants so we are all ego maniacs…the rest including Hillary will fall in line with what the big money lobbyist want and be good little boys…Trump is a leader and we have not had that in years……

        • I don’t care how intelligent he may be, he comes across as an ill-mannered, belligerent, mean-spirited, boorish oaf, with barely sufficient coherence to compose a meaningful sentence.

      • Empty suits don’t make the kind of money Trump did in the private sector. Empty suits have no money going into politics and make all their money based upon that alone. He’s 67 years old and can only do good for the country as a whole.

    • Paul showed that Trump didn’t do his homework. He’s just showing up and saying bull ship to talk into and undercurrent of Xenophobia. Trump as CiC is a very, very scary thought.

      • The man has a genius IQ the others don’t even come close, great tax policy, great immigration policy, get out then come back legal, only one that truly cares about the middle class and VETS….all the others jumped on his bandwagon after the first debate…his ego is our ego …he wants what the majority wants so we are all ego maniacs…the rest including Hillary will fall in line with what the big money lobbyist want and be good little boys…Trump is a leader and we have not had that in years……if that scares you then you must still be shaking with the thought of another Democrat in office because Trump is the only one who can hold his own against them…

      • How so? Unlike every President in the last 50 years, he actually is talking about letting other countries use their military instead of ours. BTW…I was a Marine from 1995-1999. Clinton was probably one of the least respected by the actual service members. Xenophobia? You must be referring to Mexico or China.

    • It’s disturbing to me that there are people who believe Trump has a chance in the general. He does not. He doesn’t even stand much of a chance of winning the primary. The thing about Trump is that there are a certain number of people, myself included, who for one reason or another will not vote for Trump no matter what. Those people will not allow him to win the general, no matter the circumstances, no matter who he goes against.

      He is dead in the water, please get real sooner rather than later.

      • So you are saying the majority of the country will just have to settle for second best….that’s pretty damn sad………….

      • I am. The people that want the illegals GONE by themselves-Democrat or Republican- are enough to get him elected. There are a lot of people trying to stay “hip” with their progressive friends by saying they won’t vote for him but then they will. What’s disturbing to me is that there has never been a candidate to lead every State who did not win…because it’s never happened. Trump in a landslide.

    • Whether Trump is electable or not is irrelevant to me. Whether he’s a genius or not is of little concern. Whether he is a great negotiator, or conservative, or even effective are not what’s important to me. What I care about is constitutionality and principle. And it is clear from everything he says that he intends to act unilaterally, continuing the trend of presidential over-reach that has destroyed the only order that can assure our liberty. You guys can have your security and your king…I’ll take freedom with its inherent risks.

      • If you care about the Constitution, you should be screaming from the roof tops for a mass deportation. Presidential over-reach is when the President nullifies the Constitution through Executive Fiat. As Trump has already stated, he’ll be able to do almost everything using current laws.

  2. I like Rand Paul, but I think he should give up on the Republican nomination and go independent. The Republicans and the media will never let him win – just like they never let his father win. He needs to step out of the illusion that is the two party choice with no real voice and take the system down.

    • The problem is that the republicans and democrats have a stranglehold on national elections. It is impossible for an independent or third party candidate to win under the current system.

  3. Please stop pushing Rand, Cruz and Carson on us….Trump has a genius IQ the others don’t even come close, great tax policy, great immigration policy, get out then come back legal, only one that truly cares about the middle class and VETS….all the others jumped on his bandwagon after the first debate…his ego is our ego …he wants what the majority wants so we are all ego maniacs…the rest including Hillary will fall in line with what the big money lobbyist want and be good little boys…Trump is a leader and we have not had that in years……and the only one that will actually try to do what he says….

    • This isn’t true. Rand has a history of standing for exactly what he says. Trump has been all over the political spectrum. I couldn’t care less about his IQ… He is egotistical and a megalomaniac. He is also not an “outsider” as people like to claim… Has been part of the unholy alliance between big business and government his entire career.

  4. FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A CHRISTIAN AND A VETERAN OF THE
    KOREAN WAR, 52/53, BUT AFTER GATHERING ALL THE FACTS, I VOTE FOR THE MOST
    QUALIFIED PERSON, NOT A PARTY.

    QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF, REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE
    REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, OR INDEPENDENT.

    WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN WHOLESALE KILLING STARTS, HOLLOW FOR
    OBAMA. YOU BETTER HAVE A GUN AND PLENTY OF AMMUNITION.

    TRUMP IS THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON TO RUN THIS COUNTRY AT
    THIS TIME? IF ALLOWED TO HOLD OFFICE. I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE 6 TERM LIMITS FOR ALL
    POLITICIANS. GIVE TRUMP 12 YEARS, I DO
    NOT BELIEVE ANYONE CAN STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT IN 6.

    IS OBAMA AND HILLIARY PLANNING AN INVASION WITH HIS MUSLIM
    COMRADES NEXT YEAR TO STAY IN POWER? I
    THINK SO.

    WHY IS FEMA BUILDING A CAMP IN EAST KENTUCKY? THIS IS A FACT AND IT HAS ARMED GUARDS. COULD
    IT BE TO HOUSE A MUSLIM ARMY?????

    ARE THERE 35 MUSLIM TRANING CAMPS HERE IN THE USA & ONE
    8 MILES OVER IN MEXICO? I THINK SO.

    WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMUNITION WITH
    OUR TAX MONEY? WAS IT TO SUPPLY AN
    INVADING ARMY? I THINK SO.

    WHY IS OBAMA BRINGING IN FOREIGN TROOPS TO POLICE OUR MAJOR
    CITIY’S? COULD THIS BE PART OF A PLAN TO
    INVADE THIS COUNTRY? I THINK SO.

    WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF AN INVASION HAPPENS? WOULD THERE BE A NEW PRESIDENT? I DO NOT THINK SO.

    WHY IS OBAMA AND HILIARY TRYING TO TAKE OUR GUNS? COULD IT BE TO KEEP US FROM FIGHTING AN
    INVASION? I THINK SO.

    WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER IF EVERY PERSON HAD A GUN, WITH
    PLENTY OF AMMUNITION, IF WE WERE INVADED?
    I THINK SO.

    WHY IS OBAMA, KERRY AND HILLIARY. BRINGING IN 250 THOUSAND YOUNG MUSLIMS? COULD
    IT BE FOR AN IVASION? I THINK SO.

    WHY WAS A SHIPPMENT OF OVER 120 PLANES & OVER 100 TANKS
    TO EGYPTS AFTER THE ARMY KICKED THE
    RADICAL MULIMS OUT OF CONTROL LAST YEAR?
    WAS IT TO HELP THE RADICALS? I
    THINK SO.

    WAKE UP AMERICA, YOU
    HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING YET.

    WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT GIVE 5 TOP TERRIOST FOR ONE
    TRAITOR? WAS OBAMA PROTECTING HIS
    COMRADES. I THINK SO.

    DID YOU BELIEVE OBAMA WHEN HE SAID ON NATION WIDE TV THAT HE
    WAS A MUSLIM? I BELIEVE THIS IS THE
    ONLY TRUTH HE HAS SAID.

    DO YOU BELIEVE OBAMA TO BE BLACK? HIS MOTHER WAS WHITE, HIS DAD A NORTH AFRICA
    ARAB.

    DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS FORCED ISRAEL TO
    NUKE IRAN? I THINK SO.

    WHY HAS BLACK
    AMERICA TURNED AGAINST THE PARTY THAT FREED THE SLAVES.

    LINCOLN WAS A
    REPUBLICAN, HE AND THOUSANDS OF WHITES DIED TO FREE THE SLAVES.

    DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE DEMOCRATS STARTED THE KKK. I KNOW SO.

    WHAT IS THE TRUE REASON RUSSIA IS GATHERING AN ARMY THERE,
    COULD IT BE TO TRY AND STOP ISRAEL. I
    THINK SO.

    WHY ARE OUR TROOPS NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE GUNS AND
    AMMUNITION? COULD IT BE TO KEEP THEM
    FROM STOPPING AN INVASION? I THINK SO.

    I COULD TAKE 100
    ARMED MUSLIMS AND TAKE OVER ANY UNARMED MILITARY BASE, IF YOU WAS PREPAIRED TO
    KILL EVERY ONE ON THAT BASE AS MUSLIMS DO.
    IF SO, WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH 260 THOUSAND OR MORE.

    ANALYZE THESE QUESTIONS AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND ON WHAT WE
    NEED TO DO TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND PREVENT A UNBELIVABLE BLOOD BATH IF ALL
    OF THE ABOVE IS RIGHT.

    EMAIL THIS TO ALL
    YOUR FRIENDS, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICAN OR INDEPENDENTS.

  5. As a free market anarchist who denies that anyone has the right to rule me. I don’t really “support” any candidate.
    But if we’re going to be stuck with someone in the White House, Rand Paul is definitely the best of the bunch.

  6. Rand Paul’s only gaining in the minds of the naïve. Since the first debate this liberal (who should be a democrat) has changed his stance on the issues more then people change their oil. His view on Military spending proves it because it’s right in line with the democrats. Cut the military so we can waste more in other places. This guy’s a JOKE as are the ones who even mention his name. Change your mind as many times as he has and your bound to get it right sooner or later. What amazes me is the number of morons who are buying it.

  7. REALLY WERE WE WATCHING THE SAME DEBATE ? HE WILL NOT WIN TO BE THE GOP’S CANADATE HE COULD’ NOT WIN THE DEBATE AGAINST THE DEM CANADATE IN THE GENERAL HE IS LIKE HIS FATHER AND W I L L NOT BE OUR CANADATE FOR THE GOP SORRY BYE

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