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Bubbles are all over the place: Ron Paul speaks to RT on …

The US 2016 presidential race is mass entertainment orchestrated by the media, three-time presidential candidate and former congressman Ron Paul told RT, as he discussed frontrunner Donald Trump, the government and the bubble-making US economy.

Paul told RTs Ameera David that billionaire presidential hopeful Trump, who earlier vowed to build a massive border wall and end birthright citizenship for babies born to undocumented immigrants, is nothing but an authoritarian.

He is an authoritarian and he brags about it: I’m the boss, I tell people what to do. The government happens to be a little different than that. The only thing that you want to do if you believe in the market is you want to get rid of the government. But he is talking about having strong taxes on imports, he wants to punish people, he is the boss. So I think hed be very dangerous to the economy.

He is getting a lot of attention right now, but he is an authoritarian. He wants to run peoples lives and run the world and run the economy, because thats the way he lives his life. On occasion he comes up with the correct idea, but an authoritarian is the opposite of a libertarian. A libertarian wants to release creative energy to the individuals. We want to get the government out of our lives, out of the economy, and out of all these places around the world. It’s quite a bit different from the way an authoritarian would approach our problems, Paul said.

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The US economy is set to grow 0.9 percent in the third quarter after a bigger-than-expected widening of the trade gap for goods in August, accordingto the Atlanta Federal Reserves GDPNow. This appeared to be a much slower rate from the regional Fed bank’s prior estimate of 1.8 percent last week, the Atlanta Fed noted.

Its just the beginning of a downturn, nothings really happened yet, Paul said. Everything is misdirected because of the price of money. There are bubbles every place. You have a stock market bubble, you have still bubblemaking in housing when you see houses selling for $500 million, and you have a bubble in student loans.

The bubbles are all over the place. This is the problem. I dont see an easy way out. I think the markets are going to go down a lot more when you realize how serious this is. Actually we are doing better than the rest of the world but were in for trouble too because the world has never had a situation like this where a whole world endorsed a paper currency and had pyramiding of debt around the world by the reserve currency which is the dollar.

Its the biggest bubble ever, so its going to big the biggest crash ever, but it remains to be seen exactly when that’s going to hit.

The source of the trouble is the Federal Reserve System, which simply cannot work in a real market economy, Dr Paul said.

In a true free market economy you have to have people work, use what they need to live on and then save money, and that dictates interest rates and tells businessmen what they should do. Well, that isnt the way it works any more. The so-called capital comes from the Fed and they create it out of thin air. So everything is a mistake and everything is going to be volatile. You can do this for a while when the country is very very wealthy, and a currency is very very strong.

But eventually people mistrust the government. They dont pay interest, they have a huge amount of principal to pay, and corporations are deeply in debt, they borrow a lot of money practically for free and they buy up their stocks. Its a mess. Its artificial. It has nothing to do with freedom, has nothing to do with free markets, and the sooner we realize this, the sooner well get rid of central economic planning and especially look into the serious problems we get from the Federal Reserve System.

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The collapse of Rand Paul and the libertarian moment that …

The libertarian moment in American politicsforetold just last year in the New York Times magazineis like the horizon; always retreating as we advance upon it.

The political events of 2015 are a brutal reminder about how far this country is from embracing libertarianism and how alien those ideas are even to the purported shock troops of the freedom movement. While libertarianisms opponents can take heart, its champions are setting their cause back by pretending that all is well.

The collapse of the Rand Paul campaign speaks volumes. In a 15-person field, Paul is the only candidate who looks even remotely libertarian (social tolerance, foreign policy restraint, and limited government). He started the campaign with decent name recognition, a seat in the United States Senate, lavish media attention, a serious will to win, and a battle-tested, national political operation inherited from his father, Ron.

If there were any significant support for Libertarian ideas in the GOPany at allRand Paul would be near the top of an otherwise crowded, fragmented field that is fighting over every non-libertarian voter in the party.

If real Libertarian votes were there for the taking, someone would have come along and done the harvesting.

Yet hes polling at a mere 1 percent among Republican voters nationwide and has a higher unfavorability rating than anyone else in the GOP race.

According to an August survey by the independent polling firm Eschelon Insights, far and away the most popular candidate nationwide among libertarian-inclined Republicans is Donald Trump, the least libertarian candidate in the race.

Libertarians who cant stomach Trump scattered their support without any ideological rhyme or reason (11 percent for Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, 9 percent for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, 8 percent for Carly Fiorina, 7 percent for Paul).

The secret of Trumps appeal to Pauls base is that a large segment of the Ron Paul Revolution leavened its libertarianism with a pony keg of crazy. Birthers, 9/11 Truthers, a wide assortment of conspiracy theorists (many of whom believe the Federal Reserve to be a modern manifestation of the Illuminati), and naked racists rivaled the number of reasonably sober libertarian-ish voters among the faithful.

Trump won their hearts by throwing even more crazy into the mix and stirring up a white, working class populism last given political life by George Wallace.

Paul let these voters down because he was disinclined to offer the distasteful dog whistles that his father traded for extremist support, much less the louder, baser appeals that are Trumps stock-in-trade.

The second voter bloc Rand Paul hoped to bring into his campTea Partiershas likewise rejected the Kentucky Republican. Thats because there are few Libertarians there, either.

According to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, more than half the Tea Party is made up of the religious right while only 26 percentthe smallest ideological bloc within the groupcan be loosely described as Libertarian.And Tea Partiers have always manifested a large degree of nativist populism.

It should be no surprise, then, that the candidates doing best with Tea Partiers are Donald Trump (37 percent support), Ted Cruz (19 percent), and Ben Carson (14 percent). Rand Paul? Two percent.

Sure, one can argue that Paul has run a sub-par campaign and that a more adroit effort would have produced better results.But given the above, it is hard to argue, as some do, that Paul would have done better had he run as more of a libertarian.

If real libertarian votes were there for the taking, someone would have come along and done the harvesting.

If there was truly a $20 (electoral) bill lying on the sidewalk, its hard to believe that none of the other 14 starving candidates would bother to pick it up.

Yet this is precisely the narrative that the prophets of the Libertarian vote would have us believe: an epic political market failure.

Theres good reason that political professionalsthose with the most to gain from an accurate reading of the political landscapedo not pander to the libertarian vote: It doesnt exist.

The most thorough search for libertarian sentiment was conducted last year by the Pew Research Center.They asked 10,013 adults 23 questions about a variety of social and political issues and then used cluster analysis to sort respondents into homogeneous groups. Pew found that Americans who resembled libertarians form a group that is too small to analyze: no more than 5 percent of those surveyed.

Its true that if we avoid asking people about concrete issues and instead ask general questions, we can (if we squint hard enough) see a great deal of latent libertarian sentiment out there.

It has been noted, for instance, that 59 percent of the American public is, broadly speaking, libertarian in that they answer yes to the question Would you define yourself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal?Political scientists and campaign strategists, however, almost universally dismiss self-identification and general sentiment surveys as functionally meaningless. Both academic investigation and hard-earned political experience tell us that attitudes about specific governmental programs are far more telling than asking people what labels or characterizations describe them best.

Libertarians, however, can take heart from the fact that political sentiment is moving their way in some areas. Gay rights, drug decriminalization, increasing outrage over heavy-handed police tactics, growing concern over an unjust legal system, disgust over crony capitalism, and opposition to military deployments abroad all suggest that libertarian arguments can have political force. But just because people buy libertarian arguments when it comes to civil liberties or foreign policy does not mean they are more likely to buy them on taxes, spending, or regulation. If they were, then Bernie Sanders Democrats would be Rand Paul Republicans.

Libertarians love to preach the virtues of markets. Yet in the marketplace of ideas, their bundled product has been regularly and thoroughly rejected for over a century.

Until libertarians acknowledge that market verdict and re-think either what theyre selling, how theyre selling it, or both, they will remain on the margins of American political life. And for friends of liberty, that would be a tragedy.

Jerry Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center,a think tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the advancement of liberty and pragmatic policy solutions.

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Rand Paul campaign insists it’s not folding tent – CBS News

This article first appeared in Real Clear Politics.

Rand Paul raised just $2.5 million for his presidential bid over the last three months–a sum that not only pales in comparison to the high double-digit hauls of his rivals, but amounts to roughly a third of what he brought in the previous quarter.

The Kentucky libertarian has slipped so far in the polls–the RCP average shows him at 2.3 percent–that he may not qualify for the prime-time debate stage later this month.

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Paul has also recently been raising money for his U.S. Senate re-election, raising questions about his commitment to the presidential contest. Paul pushed the Kentucky GOP to host a caucus instead of a primary, which would allow him to run for both offices–and he footed the $250,000 bill.

Altogether, this paints a picture of a campaign on life support.

But the campaign doesn’t see it that way and instead points to signs of life: in the two weeks after the second Republican debate, it raised $750,000. The campaign insists there will be no shakeups or changes in strategy, that Paul will continue his campaign schedule in the early states and regions off the beaten track, and that it has enough resources to carry the candidate through at least the first four primaries. This week, the campaign rolled out a list of caucus state endorsements.

Spokesman Sergio Gor said the campaign has added new staff over the past week.

“Our campaign is in for the long haul and Senator Paul’s message of limited government and individual liberty will continue to resonate with primary voters,” Gor said in a statement.

“Most Interesting Man in Politics”

Still, the numbers are startling for a candidate who, at this time last year, had been dubbed the “most interesting man in politics.” Paul’s libertarian leanings, especially his audience-commanding efforts in the Senate on drone strikes and NSA snooping, his calls for criminal justice reform and support for legalizing marijuana, and his ability to expand the conservative message to new groups and communities were all supposed to set him apart from the crowded field.

Instead, the GOP returned to its hawkish roots on foreign policy as situations escalated abroad, and Paul found himself in a challenging position. He wanted from the outset to expand the coalition of loyal libertarians his father had built through his own presidential campaigns, but he also hoped to win over a faction of the mainstream. He irked libertarians by proposing an increase in the defense budget, joining Sen. Tom Cotton and others in trying to trip up the Iran negotiations, and ultimately opposed the nuclear deal. And on the campaign trail, he didn’t always appear to be all that interested or interesting.

Paul was the second candidate to announce his presidential campaign, and did so with the message: “Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream.” But Paul had also worked to alter Kentucky state laws to allow him to run for his Senate seat and the presidency at the same time, which not only raised questions about his intentions but also seemed antithetical to his anti-establishment campaign.

The rise of real political outsiders, Donald Trump in particular, undercut Paul’s credentials. And Paul’s efforts to swat down Trump, especially in the first debate, proved futile and appeared desperate.

Paul became a favorite punching bag for Trump. On the main debate stage last month, Trump asked why Paul was even participating. This week, he tried to stoke the fires and take credit for Paul’s demise, tweeting: “Prediction: Rand Paul has been driven out of the race by my statements about him– he will announce soon. 1%!”

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Paul responded by saying he would be sticking around the presidential race just as long as Trump, if not longer, and called the real estate mogul “a clown.”

“Ultimately we’re going to get to the truth, we’re going to get to substance–it takes a while,” Paul told CNN earlier this week. “But by no means am I finished: I’m just getting started.”

But Trump isn’t the only one undermining Paul’s campaign. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also sought to appeal to some of the libertarian contingent and has maintained his standing in the polls. The tension between the two has thickened.

This week, the Cruz campaign rolled out a video highlighting eight supporters of his campaign who had previously backed Ron Paul. The video also noted that Rand Paul, along with Ron, had endorsed Cruz during his Senate campaign.

Paul said Cruz was “done for” in the Senate Tuesday after Cruz failed to garner enough support to amend a government-funding bill. “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio.

The criticism, however, was a bit peculiar, as decorum and Senate rules are rarely priorities for anti-establishment voters. Cruz picked up on that in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, reminding listeners that Paul endorsed Mitch McConnell in his re-election bid and that the now-Senate majority leader returned the favor.

Fundraising Takes a Dive

Paul will have even more competition. The close of the fiscal quarter this week serves as a window into the financial health and habits of campaigns. Cruz has not released his numbers yet. So far, Ben Carson has wowed the field by raising $20 million in the last quarter, and his campaign says most of the contributions come from small donors.

In the previous quarter, Paul raised over $7 million and had $4 million in cash at the end of June. This time, he raised $2.5 million and has $2 million cash on hand.

Ron Paul raised nearly $35 million during his presidential run four years ago. In his 2007 run, the elder Paul raised $6 million in a 24-hour period through an aggressive online “money bomb” pitch.

What’s more, Rand Paul can’t rely on two of his three super PACs to propel his stalling campaign. One group said this week it halted its fundraising efforts for a “futile” campaign, though it had spent little so far this cycle.

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The leaders of another group backing Paul, America’s Liberty PAC, are under indictment on campaign finance charges stemming from their previous work on Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.

Another PAC, Concerned American Voters, which is focused on organizational efforts in the early states, says it’s still raising money. “Donors who have given to us were generally pretty energized by the performance in last debate,” says the PAC’s senior adviser, Matt Kibbe, who noted that Trump has taken up a lot of the oxygen but that there is still time for Paul to turn things around. He pointed to criminal justice reform as one of Paul’s initiatives likely to gain steam.

“What I’m hearing from investors and activists is they want to hear more of what they heard in the last debate,” Kibbe says. “They want to hear those libertarian values to distinguish Rand.”

It’s unclear, however, whether Paul will make the big stage for the third debate in Colorado on Oct. 28. Host CNBC said candidates must average 3 percent in national polls Sept. 17 to Oct. 21. A standing of 2.5 percent would be rounded up. But right now, at least in the RCP average, Paul stands at 2.3 percent.

In other words, Paul’s fate as a presidential candidate may just come down to rounding. And he could rebound. Still, some argue, there’s a Senate race in Kentucky may that may look to be more and more inviting.

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Rand Paul raises $2.5 million in 3rd quarter –

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That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter — half of that money coming in in September alone.

Paul’s third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from his Senate committee, a practice allowed under campaign finance laws, Gor said.

Paul was one of the first candidates to announce his bid, but has been polling in the low single digits in the race for the Republican nomination, but he has no plans to follow in the footsteps of low-polling Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin and pull out of the race.

“Rand Paul’s campaign is on an upswing, despite what a lot of reporters have written out there,” Gor said. “Polls go up and down and this is literally a marathon and not a sprint. The fact that we are raising more than we’re spending is a great indication that we’re in this for the long haul.”

Gor said Paul’s campaign had raised $750,000 of its total for the quarter just since the CNN debate on Sept. 16, which he said was an indication that the base was excited by what he called the senator’s “strong showing” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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Paul has struggled to gain traction in a campaign season that has been dominated by so-called outsider candidates — like Donald Trump, Carson and more recently Carly Fiorina — who have never been elected to public office. Still, his campaign argues it has a built in advantage because of his father’s, former Rep. Ron Paul, past White House bids and can benefit from networks already established in early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, rather than having to build them from scratch.

The campaign has hired on new staffers in Nevada in recent weeks, though officials will not provide specific numbers on staffing levels.

“We’ve always said we’ll have enough money to compete,” Gor said.

Gor argued that while other campaigns – like Jeb Bush’s and Carson’s — may bring in more money, Paul’s small-donor focus is a good indicator of interest in his run. His campaign had more than 100,000 individual donors in the second quarter, compared to fewer than 10,000 for Bush, Gor said.

Paul, who is also running for re-election to the Senate, expects to participate in the next debate on CNBC on Oct. 28 — another chance to make his case to voters before a large television audience.

“We’re pleased that Sen. Paul will once again be on the main stage,” said Gor.

Despite the campaign’s view, it is not yet clear who will meet the criteria spelled out by CNBC. The network announced Wednesday that candidates must have an average of at least 3% among recognized national polls in order to participate in their primetime debate. Candidates who can’t clear 3% will be relegated to the second-tier debate. Paul is one of several candidates hovering around the 3% mark in an average of recent national polls.

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This story has been updated. It was originally posted at 3:10 p.m.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will report around $2.5 million in donations to his presidential campaign, a dip from his first quarter, though his campaign is emphasizing that more money started to roll in recently.

“Not only are we in for the long haul but weve seen an uptick in crowds and support,” said Paul’s spokesman Sergio Gor. “Since the last debate weve raised $750,000.”

One of the first candidates to officially declare for the White House, Paul had raised close to $7 million from April through June. That was slightly more than his father, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, raised in the comparable period of his 2012 bid. But in the next quarter of that campaign, Ron Paul raised$8 million.

Gor emphasized that the new Paul campaign was on an “upward trend,” especially since the second presidential debate. Paul had used thatforum emphasize his more libertarian stances, something some key Paul donors had privately asked for. “That was due to a solid debate performance that got our crowd excited,” said Gor. “We’re a solid campaign and our fundraising pace is doubling.”

But the dropoff from the first quarter, coupled with thetroubles of two pro-Paul super PACs, could aid the ongoing efforts of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to lure supporters into his camp. The weeks between the first and second debate saw one pro-Paul super PAC’s leaders indicted, and another (less active) pro-Paul PAC announce that it was pausing its efforts until the candidate improved in the polls. The campaign has $2 million cash on hand, having already spent $250,000 to help the Republican Party of Kentucky pay for a presidential caucus. That will let Paul seek a Senate re-election as he tries toforgeahead in the White House race — something the campaign says it has more than enough money and momentum to do.

Paul spent an estimated $4.66 million in the last three months, nearly the double the amount of money he raised — a burn rate that will require a substantially faster fundraising pace.

Matea Gold contributed to this story.

David Weigel is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 election and ideological movements.

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Rand Paul rebukes Ted Cruz as their rift widens –

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Paul criticized Cruz for breaching Senate decorum, saying the Texan could not accomplish any of his legislative priorities because of how much his GOP colleagues despise him.

“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News Radio on Tuesday. “He is pretty much done for … and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem.”

Paul said he was “still just as hardcore” in taking on the establishment as Cruz, but has declined to call colleagues names.

Last month, Cruz said on the Senate floor that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had lied to him.

Paul and Cruz have had a close relationship as two of the most libertarian members of the Senate GOP. But even though they were both elected with tea party support, they have increasingly forged different paths to power in the Senate.

Paul has allied himself with fellow Kentuckian McConnell, endorsing the Senate majority leader during his re-election bid last year when the ultimate insider faced down a conservative primary challenger. McConnell reciprocated the favor by endorsing Paul’s presidential bid this year.

Paul’s critique of Cruz came on the same day the Texas senator unveiled a leadership team of libertarians who supported Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

The “Liberty Leaders for Cruz” coalition featured Iowans saying Ron Paul’s legacy was best perpetuated by Cruz.

“The biggest thing about Ted Cruz was that I knew he had been endorsed by Ron Paul and by Rand Paul,” said county supervisor Crystal McIntyre Tuesday, speaking of Cruz’s Senate race.

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More Trouble Brewing for Rand Paul Super PACs? – ABC News

Just weeks after the leader of a Super PAC supporting Rand Paul was indicted, it was revealed that another Super PAC supporting the Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has been dormant since June.

Politico first reported today that Purple PAC, a Super PAC founded by Ed Crane, has not been actively fundraising for Paul.

“We havent really been actively soliciting money until we feel the Purple PAC and Rand are on the same page,” Purple PAC leader Ed Crane told ABC News.

Crane said that the Super PAC hasn’t shut down, but other than a $10,000 contest, the PAC hasn’t raised or spent any money to help Paul since June.

Paul’s campaign has struggled to gain traction with voters. Crane, a libertarian activist and co-founder of the Cato Institute, created Purple PAC in 2013 and shifted the PAC’s focus on raising money for Paul this summer.

“Within a couple of days we got two or three donations and we said were not going anywhere with this until we’re certain the campaign is on the right track and at the time we didnt think it was,” Crane said.

Crane said that he has been disappointed with Paul’s campaign strategy.

“All of sudden his campaign decided hes going to be a mainstream candidate and that took some steam out of his candidacy,” Crane said.

Crane feels that Paul has been “off in too many directions” instead of sticking to his “core message of peace and free enterprise.” But Crane also had praise for Paul.

“I think hes been terrific on the NSA and civil liberties,” Crane said.

Crane hasn’t ruled out returning to fundraising for Paul or doing more to help Paul’s struggling campaign. He said that the timetable for making a decision would be within the next month.

“[Purple PAC] never got off the ground and it will one day, possibly, if Rand starts using the more libertarian approach,” Crane said.

Three Super PACs have fundraised for Paul since he announced his candidacy in April: Purple PAC, Concerned American Voters and America’s Liberty PAC. These Super PACs have raised a combined $6.19 million, far lower than the money raised by Super PACs supporting rivals Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. Paul’s campaign raised $5.33 million between April and the end of June.

Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Senator Rand Paul’s campaign, says that Purple PACs dormancy doesnt hurt the Paul campaign because the super PAC had done little, if anything, to help bolster Pauls candidacy. According to the most recent FEC reports available, Purple PAC has no independent expenditures.

“It is untruthful for a story to say that this Super PAC stopped supporting Senator Paul, when in fact they don’t seem to have lifted a finger in the first place,” Gor said.

“The PACs that were set up to help Rand Paul and have done work to do so remain active and ongoing,” Gor said.

Gor is referring to America’s Liberty PAC and Concerned American Voters. America’s Liberty PAC says on its website that it is the only Super PAC endorsed by Senator Paul. Concerned American Voters has produced video ads supporting Paul. America’s Liberty PAC saw a change in leadership this summer after its initial leader, Jesse Benton, was indicted. In August, Benton was indicted on federal charges that he was involved in bribing an Iowa politician to shift his allegiance to endorse Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential race.

ABC News reached out to Concerned American Voters and a spokesman confirmed that it was still actively fundraising for the Kentucky senator.

“We’re very pleased with what we’re quietly doing right now. Rand will rise again in this next quarter,” said Jeff Frazee, president of Concerned American Voters, in an email.

While Crane feels that Paul isn’t showing his libertarian roots enough, the senior adviser to Concerned American Voters appears to feel the opposite.

In a statement, Matt Kibbe, senior adviser to Concerned American Voters, said, “We are still 100 percent committed to electing Rand Paul. More donors are warming and becoming energized as a result of Rand’s performance in the last debate. They really want a principled, libertarian voice on issues like foreign policy, tax cuts, and criminal justice reform.”

Kibbe also said in the statement that the Super PAC is focused on “get out the vote” mechanics, particularly in Iowa.

“Rand is unique because of his track record and leadership on these issues. Once we get through these flavors of the week and the field narrows, Rand will emerge as the anti-establishment choice,” Kibbe said.

Paul, himself, will be holding fundraisers for his presidential and senate campaign this week. Some insiders have questioned whether fundraising for his Senate campaign shows his presidential campaign is in trouble.

“Senator Paul has been clear he’s running for both, so we’ll fundraise for both,” said Gor.

Paul defended his campaign’s viability in multiple interviews today and said that fundraising for his Senate campaign shouldn’t be misconstrued.

“I am running for Senate concurrently, but Ive been raising money for my Senate run for the past two years. So this is nothing new,” Paul told Fox News.

Paul also said that his presidential campaign is in it for the long haul. Earlier today, Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, filed the paperwork for her husband to participate in the South Carolina primary.

“Were in it to win it. Were in it for the long haul. Were organizing in all 50 states for the presidency. We have 350 different college groups that were started in different colleges across America,” Paul told Fox News.

ABC News’ Ryan Struyk contributed to this report.

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Rand Paul shreds Ted Cruz over his showboating antics: He is …

Rand Paul may very well already beon his way out of the Republican presidential campaign, but hes going out with a bang, not a whimper, forcefully rebuking his Senate colleague and Republican presidential rival, Ted Cruz, for being the root of Senate dysfunction.

Paul told Fox News Brian Kilmeadethat he believed Cruzs petty politics and disregard for Senate decorum have made him an ineffective legislator, writing off the Texas freshmans future in the senate: He is pretty much done for:

Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the senate, and as a consequence he cant get anything done legislatively. He is pretty much done for and stifled and its really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem. I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing , I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and its just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result.

Paul has a point.

In July, Cruz called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the effective leader of the Republican Party, a liar on the Senate floor. Days later, his Republican colleagues refused to grant him the 16 votes needed to pass a simple procedural vote as a public rebuke of his outburst. This week, McConnell got his revenge, denying (for now) Cruz the government shutdown over Planned Parenthood he so desperately wanted to prop up his presidential campaign. Of course, that didnt stop the stunts from Cruz he tried to offer up a referendum on McConnells leadership this week before being summarily shutdown by his fellow Republican senators.

Of course, Paul is mostly just backing up the senior senator from his home state of Kentucky, as he actually opposes the continuing resolution set to pass this week to keep the government operating for the time being. Paul, like Cruz, is in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, even if that means shutting down the government over it. He just disagrees with Cruzs tact:

I would defund not only Planned Parenthood but hundreds and hundreds of regulations, hundreds and hundreds of wasteful programs. I would take them all out, put them on the table and say You know what Democrats, it doesnt take 60 votes to defund something, its actually going to take 60 votes to fund any of these programs, vote on them one at a time and we will see how many of these crazy programs get 60 votes. My guess would be very few, but that would take the courage to let the spending expire and start anew and let new programs all require 60 votes to pass

Paul and Cruz would appear to be natural allies, with their Tea Party base of support and their libertarian bents, but since entering the Senate, the two have had markedly different styles. Cruz has been on a seemingly non-stop rant against the D.C. establishment while Paul has forged friendships and close political alliances with the partys top leaders as he works double-time to keep his Senate seat while running for president.

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Why Rand Paul Is In Danger of Becoming an Also-Ran WSJ/NBC …

With 15 candidates and several months remaining in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, picking a winner is a tough proposition. But a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News pollprovides insight into which candidates are in danger of shifting from in the running to also-ran.

Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore form the bottom tier of the GOP field, with each registering 1% support or less among Republican primary voters.

Among the top 10 contenders, though, a key factor in this crowded field may be how much room a candidate has to grow his or her support. If most GOP voters wont consider voting for a candidate, that campaign could soon stall.

By this measure, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is facing long odds. Some 58% of Republican primary voters said they could not envision supporting Mr. Paul, the largest share for any of the GOP candidates polling in the top 10.

The Kentucky senators numbers on this question have been moving in the wrong direction for several months. In April, only 32% of GOP voters said they would not consider supporting Mr. Paul, but over time, fewer and fewer Republican voters said they see him as an option.

Thats just the latest sign of stress for Mr. Pauls campaign. Once a top-tier candidate, Mr. Paul has faced a steady decline in the polls and an accompanying lag in financial support. The head of a super PAC backing Mr. Paul confirmed on Tuesday that he had halted fundraising efforts for the senator, adding that he did not want to raise money for a futile crusade.

With nearly six in 10 Republican voters saying they could not imagine backing Mr. Paul, he may struggle to expand his base of support. But hes not the only top 10 Republican facing such a challenge.

The WSJ/NBC poll found that just over half of GOP primary voters could not see themselves supporting either billionaire businessman Donald Trump or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

For Mr. Trump, who continues to lead the GOP field, the good news is that the number saying they would not consider supporting him has dropped from 74% in March to 52% this month.

On the other end of the spectrum, the poll finds three Republican candidates with plenty of room to grow support and the largest share of GOP primary voters who are open to backing them. Some 69% of Republican voters said they could envision supporting retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; 63% said the same of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; and 61% would consider backing Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive. Thats a notable improvement for Mrs. Fiorina, who was viewed as a viable option by only 17% of GOP voters in April.

For now, the race for the Republican nomination remains a 15-candidate scrum. But as the field starts to winnow, the candidates with the largest share of voters open to supporting them are likely to be the beneficiaries.

More from the September WSJ/NBC News poll:

WSJ Poll Shows Risks for GOP; Clinton Support Wanes

Social Issues Draw Lines Between Republicans, Other Voters

Planned Parenthood Emerges Unscathed From GOP Attacks

Financial Optimism Gains, but Mostly Among Upper Incomes

Carson, Fiorina, Sanders Gain Ground in Their Parties Primary Races, Poll Shows

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By Eliza Collins

09/29/15 07:21 PM EDT

Updated 09/29/15 08:24 PM EDT

Rand Paul on Tuesday had a blunt message for his presidential rival and fellow Republican senator Ted Cruz: You’re a hack.

In no uncertain terms, Paul called out Cruz for trying and failing to disrupt GOP leadership’s efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood, as well as past name-calling from the Texas senator.

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Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he cant get anything done legislatively, Paul said, referring to a spat in July when Cruz called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar.

I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing is wrong, I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and its just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result.”

Paul, who was speaking on Fox News Radios Kilmeade & Friends, has taken aim at the Texas senator in the past, but was especially sharp on Tuesday.

He is pretty much done for and stifled, and its really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem, Paul said.

The Kentucky senator also addressed McConnell, when asked if the majority leader had let him down.

I think I would say we have disagreements on tactics on how to do it and I stand up forcefully for what I think is right, but I try not to make it personal, he said. I think in not making it personal and understanding that other people have different perspectives and really this is a democratic republic, you have to woo people, you cant hit them over the head.

On Tuesday Paul dodged when asked by POLITICO if McConnell should step down. House Speaker John Boehner made news last week by suddenly stepping down after facing a conservative rebellion.

Paul on Cruz: He’s pretty much done for in the Senate

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