Rand Paul is the best-performing Republican against Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in Wisconsin, according to a poll released yesterday from Marquette University.
This goes against the conventional wisdom that argues Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has won three statewide elections in five years, would do the best.
Here are the results of the head to head matchups tested in the poll:
- Scott Walker 40.0%
- Rand Paul 10.3%
- Jeb Bush 7.9%
- Ted Cruz 6.0%
- Chris Christie 5.8%
- Mike Huckabee 5.1%
- Ben Carson 5.0%
- Marco Rubio 3.8%
- Bobby Jindal 2.3%
- Rick Santorum 1.9%
- Carly Fiorina 0.5%
- Rick Perry 0.5%
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Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts is set to endorse Rand Paul for President during Paul’s reported campaign ANNOUNCEMENT next week. The New York Times has more:
Mr. Paul CLOSED out the Senate “vote-a-rama” by giving a thumbs down to the GOP budget, hours after he OPENED up his day on the Senate floor by ripping APART Sen. Marco Rubio’s push to beef up the defense budget.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who is expected to announce a run for president in the next couple of weeks, is taking aim at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, raising concerns about money her foundation accepted from “unsavory governments” and the controversy surrounding the private email account she used while Secretary of State.
“I’ve been offended by the fact that she said she didn’t want to carry two cell phones for convenience,” the Kentucky Republican said of Clinton’s claim that she kept a private email address because it would be easier on her. “First thing — we ought to inform her than in the 21st century you can put two email ACCOUNTS on one phone … It is insulting that she says for convenience sake that she may have endangered our national security.”
Paul also blasted Clinton for accepting money donated to The Clinton Foundation from countries that “not only don’t promote women’s rights but abuse women’s rights” — a topic that political analysts expect will be a focal point of Clinton’s campaign.
Rand Paul to kick off 2016 bid April 7 with ambitious five-state tour: Kentucky senator shows organization muscle with debut
Mr. Paul will make his announcement first in Louisville at noon on April 7, then head to New Hampshire on April 8, Charleston, S.C., on April 9, Iowa City on April 10 and Las Vegas on April 11.
Traditionally, presidential candidates enter the race by declaring in their home state and then flying to at least two of the first four states that hold presidential preference contests the following year.
“It takes a significant campaign war chest and logistical planning and know-how to design and execute a three-state announcement tour,” said Michael Karem, whose experience in doing national campaign advancement extends back to Ronald Reagan’s first presidential nomination run in 1975.
Five-state inaugural swings take even more money and advance-work skills, veterans of national campaigns say.
PAUL: I don’t think the Clintons should be above the law. I don’t think convenience should trump national security. The only way we get to the truth is by an independent investigation. This is a couple that have been raising money from foreign countries. To me, it seems to be deception. “Some of these laws apply to lower people but not to me, I’m Hillary Clinton.” There is a period of time when she was traveling to Libya that we are concerned about her emails, and those aren’t out there. So did she delete those? “Trust me that I’m doing the right thing.” I don’t know, my sense of trust is a little bit lost. I oppose this abuse of power with every ounce of energy that I have.
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The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would end the federal ban on medical marijuana. According to Vox, it would also change marijuana’s classification to Schedule 2, instead of its current Schedule 1 status. Schedule 1 means there is no medical benefit to the substance and it is considered dangerous.