Rand Paul To Join GOP “Civil War”, Support “Constitutional” Candidates In 2018 Republican Primaries

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Rand Paul is planning to join the uprising against the establishment by endorsing candidates in the upcoming 2018 Senate primaries, according to a Sunday interview with MSNBC‘s Kasie Hunt.

Paul described a “civil war with the GOP”, between establishment elements and those aligned with the Republican grassroots.

“I’ll be part of this – I’m going to be involved with primaries around the country,” Paul said, suggesting he will play a role in the 2018 revolt against the Senate establishment.

Asked if he would endorse challengers to incumbent Senators, he made clear that he is “not going to be opposing colleagues in the Senate”, but insisted that he “will get involved” in “open races” and will be “asking people to be a part of groups that will help in these races.”

“I’m going to be on the side of limited government, constitutional government, that we should declare war before we go to war, that we should balance our budget and that we have to have spending savings. The biggest problem with Republicans in Washington … is that there is a large amount of hypocrisy.”

Paul went on to elaborate exactly what sort of candidates he was looking for.

“I want people who truly do care and truly do believe the federal government should only do what it is allowed to do explicitly by the Constitution.”

However, Paul distanced himself from Hunt’s presentation of 2018 as a proxy war between former White House Chief Strategist Bannon and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Bannon is playing a large role in propping up anti-establishment candidates across the country on the condition that they pledge to oust McConnell from his leadership position.

Paul stated that he believed Bannon was “mixing it up”, and suggested the nationalist firebrand was sometimes getting too “personal” in his crusade against Senate Republicans. Paul emphasized his belief that ideas are more important than disputes between individuals.

“I’ve met [Bannon], I have nothing bad to say about him, and I’ll probably support some of the candidates he’s supporting, but it isn’t about me and Steve Bannon against Mitch McConnell,” Paul added.

Paul went on to tout his “good relations” with McConnell and stated that he thinks the Majority Leader does a “good job” in “herding the cats” within the Senate Republican caucus.

Paul was himself initially elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, which saw the election of several anti-establishment conservative candidates to both Houses of Congress. Many on the right of the Republican Party have sought to replicate this success during the 2018 mid-term elections.

  • Seems like Democrats have no problem finding socialists and communists to run…

  • AWESOME!

  • You’re really going to have a problem losing that seat in Alabama for the senate whom Steve Bannon backed. It’s going to be epic…

    • I’m from Huntsville. I agree Moore and liberty sounds like an oxymoron, but I think he’s still gonna win.

  • You mean like he did in Kentucky band gave us McConnell??

  • Well the LC already endorsed the McConnell funded/backed campaign in MO so we know where they stand in that race lol…

  • i was with rand early on 2015, but he lost, and i started to research Trump, and got on the Train. I also supported ron paul in 2008/2012, even worked for his campaign in NV for a bit for the cacuss here. If rand runs in 2020, or 2024, i will vote for him…if trump decides not to do a 2nd term

  • Trump’s a life long socialist, Bannon is a self proclaimed Leninist. WTH is Rand doing hanging with those clowns?

  • patrick

    Seems Rand is only HALF committed, and playing word games.

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