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Susan Page gives four reasons why Rand Paul’s presidential run in 2016 matters.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in Washington on March 19. 2013.(Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images)


Rand Paul was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Kentucky. Paul worked as ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., before seeking office. He is the son of former Texas congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.


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In 2012, Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul was a force to be reckoned with in the presidential race. His group of supporters – including many young voters – was limited, but passionate. Though he wasn’t considered a serious contender for the Republican nomination, he had a strong showing in both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, finishing third in Iowa with 21.5 percent of the vote and second in New Hampshire with 22.9 percent.

Now his son, Texas Sen. Rand Paul, is contemplating his own presidential bid. Both men come from the libertarian wing of the party, though Doug Wead, who has worked for both Pauls, calls the elder Paul a “classic libertarian” and the younger one a “practical libertarian.”

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And while Ron Paul was generally viewed as someone who ran for president to prove a point, his son could be a serious contender for the nomination. What he has to do is navigate the tricky dance of keeping his father’s supporters engaged and on his side while attracting a whole other group of voters who might not have given Ron Paul a chance.

“His dad’s base is not going to be enough,so he’s got to find ways to expand the base and become, if not the favorite of different factions of the party, at least acceptable,” University of New Hampshire Political Science Professor Dante Scala told CBS News. “He has to do that in such a way that doesn’t make his father’s base voters feel as if they’re being betrayed or that Ron Paul’s legacy is being compromised.”

Politics isn’t the first arena where Paul has followed in his father’s footsteps. Like Ron Paul, who had a medical career that preceded his first run for office, Rand Paul also started out in the field of medicine. He was always active in politics, serving in the Young Conservatives of Texas club during college at Baylor University. He left for Duke University to attend medical school before completing his undergraduate degree, and he opened an ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after he completed his residency.

All the while, though, Paul was helping his father with his congressional campaign and 2008 presidential bid, and he started a group called the Kentucky Taxpayers Union in his home state. His rise coincided with the rise of the tea party in 2009, and in 2010 he defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the establishment pick for Kentucky’s vacant Senate seat, to become a senator.

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His time in the Senate has been largely defined by work on civil liberties issues. In 2011, he tried to block an extension of the PATRIOT Act, which was ultimately unsuccessful, and his national prominence spiked in March 2013 after he spent nearly 13 hours filibustering the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead to CIA over the issue of unmanned drones being used to kill terrorism suspects who are U.S. citizens.

He has also been a stickler on spending issues, opposing budget deals that ultimately prevented government shutdowns because they did not cut enough from the budget, and has voted against raising the debt ceiling because Congress was not balancing its budget.

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Paul has also rankled his fellow Republicans at times, both because he is far less hawkish on national security issues, and he has pushed the GOP to do more minority outreach. He once said, “The Republican Party brand sucks, and so people don’t want to be a Republican, and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans,” and said a failure to reach out to black voters was the GOP’s “biggest mistake” of the last several decades. He has advocated for issues close to the black community, like expanding voting rights and reforming drug sentencing laws.

Immigration: Paul falls more to the left on the spectrum on immigration issues than many of his Republican colleagues. In 2013, during the heart of the Senate immigration debate, Paul delivered a speech in which he backed the idea of allowing immigrants in the U.S. illegally to become citizens. He favors an expansion of legal immigration and work permit program. But he ultimately voted against the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, saying the plan failed to secure the border as its first item of business.

Economy: Ron Paul was famous for his call to “End the Fed,” the title of his 2009 book. Rand Paul doesn’t go that far, but has repeatedly introduced bills that would allow Congress to audit the Federal Reserve. He was also among the many politicians in the formative years of the tea party movement to raise alarm about the amount of debt the U.S. carries. He has advocated for cutting spending across the board and adopting a requirement that the federal government balance its budget.

Criminal justice system: The list of issues that attract bipartisan support is dwindling, but one area where Paul has found friends across the aisle is on issue of reforms to sentencing laws and the criminal justice system. He has worked on legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and bring disparate drug laws into line. He has also sought to change the laws in order to make the transition out of prison life easier by pushing for bills that would help people expunge their criminal records and allow convicted felons to vote. “Anyone who thinks race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice is just not paying close attention,” Paul said at a speech to the National Urban League last year.

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Foreign policy: This is one of the areas where Paul finds himself most at odds with his own party, especially the traditional hawks who are much quicker to propose military intervention. He frequently invokes former President Ronald Reagan’s words, calling himself a believer in the “peace through strength” philosophy. Compared to some of his peers, he favors a more limited authorization for the use of military force in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – although he believes Congress should always give authorization for war. He has taken heat from fellow Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, for backing President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. He has also been a proponent of ending foreign aid to other countries, which has led to criticism that he wants to end aid for Israel, a U.S. ally that receives about $3 billion a year from the U.S.

Civil liberties: Paul’s libertarian beliefs are especially strong when it comes to civil liberties issues. He opposed the PATRIOT Act extension because it continued to authorize roving wiretaps and government searches of business records, and the filibuster was part of a larger concern over the use of drones to target Americans who have not been formally charged with a crime. He also joined a conservative group and Virginia’s former attorney general to sue the president and other top administration officials over National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ phone records.

“He wants to do better than his father did. He actually wants to be the nominee and a lot of times his father seemed like more of a message candidate than a contender,” Scala said of Paul.

There’s an advantage to having a built-in base of support in Iowa and New Hampshire, giving Paul a source of volunteers and grassroots fundraising that exceeds most of his rivals. But to ensure that base works as hard for him as it did for his father, Paul will necessarily have ensure he doesn’t stray too far. Stay too close to the base, and he risks not attracting enough support to win the nomination.

Foreign policy seems to present the biggest challenge, where Paul is straying both away from his father and the mainstream of the GOP.

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Wead said foreign policy is the area in which Paul differs the most from his father.

“Both men believe that the nation should not go to war without congressional approval. In that sense, they both believe it is a mistake to abandon the U.S. Constitution and forfeit the war making powers to the president alone. And both men believe that the United States should not assume the role of policeman of the world. But the difference is in degrees. And it is huge,” he said.

Ron Paul, Wead said, “would prefer that American stay out of everybody else’s business. For example, he does not see Iran as a threat to American security.” Rand Paul would agree “in an ideal world” but sees the possibility of Iran building a nuclear weapon as a genuine danger to the U.S.

Wead also pointed to Rand Paul’s support for declaring war against ISIS, and said he sees the foreign aid issue in less stark terms than his father. He would focus on ending aid to countries that persecute Christians or money that gets funneled to terror groups that target Americans and Jews, rather than stopping all aid immediately. He also professes to support Israel, whereas his father was vocally critical of the U.S.’s support for the Middle Eastern nation.

But as different as Paul is from his father on the foreign policy issue, it won’t be enough for many Republicans.

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Republicans “appear to be over their Bush fatigue when it comes to foreign policy and involvement overseas and that’s arguably been true since last fall with ISIS,” Scala said. “The appetite for sending ground troops abroad may not be what it was 10 years ago but still it appears as if Republican voters are in a hawkish mood, and that leaves Rand Paul on the outside looking in.”

Though Paul’s libertarian ethos is naturally a good fit with New Hampshire’s brand of Republicanism, Scala noted that even former Sen. Scott Brown, who ran hard on his hawkish national security positions, was ultimately unable to unseat incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire.

“His biggest problem in the party is whether in fact he surrenders what Republicans for 50 years have considered their trump card, and that’s the strong interventionist foreign policy stance,” Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Iowa, told CBS News. “And a lot of what attracted people to Ron Paul was the idea that we’ve sacrificed enough for the rest of an ungrateful world and let them all deal with their problems.”

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In Iowa, the challenge will be moving from beyond the libertarian base of the party to also attract some of the state’s powerful social and religious conservatives. There will be fierce competition in that space if people like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decide to enter the race.

Plus, Goldford said, Iowa voters are looking for a candidate who is able to display more visceral, in-your-face emotion than Paul does when he’s campaigning.

‘What these folks want is somebody who will channel their rage and anger about the Obama administration, about the condition of the country, and about the future, and so they would respond enthusiastically to people who attempted to channel that set of emotions,” he said. “They’re less inclined to respond enthusiastically to someone who sounds more soft-spoken and at times Rand Paul does.”

Of course, style can be both a positive and a negative, Wead noted when he was comparing father and son.

“The father is a great provocateur. Which explains his following. He would say something outrageous which would drive his audience to Google and when they came away with the answers they had the pride of authorship and the pride of discovery. It made them devoted,” Wead said. “But the father’s provocations also made enemies. The son is a superb politician. He is a natural pleaser.”

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Rand Paul raises $2.5 million in 3rd quarter – CNNPolitics.com

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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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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 – CNNPolitics.com

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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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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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After serving in the US Air Force as a flight surgeon, I started an Ob/Gyn practice in Brazoria County, Texas and have since delivered over 4,000 babies. I decided to enter politics when President Nixon broke the last link between the dollar and gold, thus starting the inflation that continues to destroy the value of the dollar and undermine the earnings of all Americans.

I have served ten terms in Congress and have never wavered from my commitment to the Constitution and the principles of a free society. In 1976, I was one of four sitting GOP Congressmen to endorse the upstart Ronald Reagan in the Republican primaries. But I also spoke out against the unprecedented deficits incurred by Reagan’s administration.

For my relentless opposition to unconstitutional legislation, I have been called: “Dr. No” The “Taxpayers’ Best Friend” by the the National Taxpayers Union The “one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill by former Treasury Secretary William Simon.

I have worked tirelessly for limited constitutional government, individual rights, low taxes, free markets, a peaceful foreign policy and sound monetary policies. I am running for President as a Republican to bring the Grand Old Party back to its roots as the party of the 1994 Revolution, President Reagan, Sen. Goldwater and Sen. Taft.

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Rand Paul calls for term limits, says Trump has peaked

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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. The federal government never gets any smaller because Americans leave members of Congress in Washington too long, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday in calling for federal term limits.

“We should term limit them all, fumigate the place and bring them home,” said Paul, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Paul said in an after-dinner speech at the Grand Hotel that both Republicans and Democrats stay in Congress too long and become part of a system they can’t shrink.

Paul also hammered Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, for her handling of security at the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to a 2012 attack and for putting sensitive and potentially classified emails on a private server that was not secure.


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Earlier Saturday, Paul said he expects “a reshuffling of the numbers” in the 16-way Republican presidential race after Wednesday’s nationally televised second debate. And he has set himself apart as a candidate who can gain support.

“I think we’ve seen the crest of Donald Trump and hopefully we’ve seen the last of him as someone leading in the primaries,” Paul told reporters on Mackinac Island in advance of his Saturday night speech to the Mackinac conference.

“I think he’s yesterday’s news,” and “I don’t think he rises to the bar of someone we should consider,” Paul said in reference to the New York real estate tycoon and reality TV star who developed an early double-digit lead in polls, and remains the front-runner, in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul is the son of physician and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

The Kentucky senator told reporters he’s set himself apart by taking strong positions in favor of personal privacy by opposing the mass collection of telephone data by national intelligence agencies and by opposing sending people to prison for minor drug offenses such as possession of marijuana. He said he’s also the only candidate who has set out a plan for how Republicans can expand their support into large, mostly black cities such as Detroit without changing the party’s basic messages.

Paul has visited Detroit and set out a plan for economic freedom zones that he said would leave an extra $1 billion in Michigan’s largest city.

“We have a strong operation in Michigan and Michigan is a big part of our strategy,” Paul said. “A lot of emphasis goes on the first four states, but Michigan is right after that, and so if you’re not prepared to be organized in the states after the first four primaries, you really can’t win this race.”

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The Kentucky senator is looking to build on his father’s strong finish in the 2012 Iowa caucuses this presidential cycle — and he’s hoping Iowa’s large student population can be his secret weapon.

The organizing has already begun. Friday night, Paul is at Iowa State University for a Stand with Rand student rally — where he announced that his campaign had more than surpassed its goal to open 300 new Students for Rand chapters in 30 days.

The effort was announced in August, and on Friday, Paul announced that his campaign has 339 student chapters nationwide, days ahead of schedule.

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In Iowa, the campaign has 16 college chapters, including its inaugural chapter at University of Iowa and other units at Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University.

If the previous numbers are any indication, Paul’s strategy could pay off on caucus night. His father won nearly 50% of the youth vote last cycle, propelling him to a close third-place finish in the caucuses.

But experts caution Paul can’t take anything for granted — and the competition for the student vote could be much more intense this time around.

In 2012, the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses were held when colleges were on winter break, meaning many out-of-state young voters weren’t on campus. This cycle, the caucuses have been moved back to Feb. 1 — meaning students will be in session.

The Paul campaign thinks if they mobilize right, that could make a huge difference for the 2016 campaign.

“The ideas that Rand stands for are what get youth excited, and we are going to build this infrastructure in a way that we can take that excitement and build it into actual votes so Rand can win this nomination,” said Cliff Maloney, the national youth director for Paul’s presidential campaign.

In 2012, Ron Paul came in third place in the caucus, with just over 26,000 votes. Nearly one-third of that support came from caucus-goers under the age of 30, according to The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University. Ron Paul got 48% of the under-30 vote that night, with turnout overall in that demographic at 4%.

Paul trailed the top two finishers, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, by about 3,800 votes. The next-highest finisher was 10,000 votes behind Paul.

The math, at least, is on Rand Paul’s side. There were 55,700 registered Republicans aged 18 to 24 years old in the 2014 midterm election, 35% of whom actually voted. In the 2012 general election, the last presidential cycle, there were 61,551 registered Republicans in that age range, 64% of whom voted. Iowa also allows same-day registration — a huge advantage for organizers convincing students to show up at the last minute.

With 16 candidates in the primary this time, experts agree that a few thousand votes could be a major boost in the caucus.

Paul’s campaign is calling it the Iowa 10,000: The goal is to get that many college and high school students to caucus for him.

“If we get 10,000 students to caucus for Rand, we’re going to be in a very good position,” Maloney said, declining to predict a finishing place.

But his strategy could pay off big, said Alex Smith, national chairwoman of the College Republican National Committee.

“There is a huge, huge opportunity for young people to be reached by these campaigns, because altering those (Iowa) numbers even just slightly, especially when you’re talking about the difference between first and second or second and third, you could alter the whole balance of the election by just tinkering with those few votes,” Smith said.

And, she noted, she’s seen some of the right moves from the Paul campaign.

“You can’t send direct mail or advertising to an 18-24 year old on a college campus, that’s just not going to work,” Smith said, emphasizing the importance of tailored, personal outreach. “But if you look at Rand Paul, he was one of the first candidates to be on SnapChat … he often visits college campuses, which not many candidates do, and those are two examples of where he’s taking his message, again a relevant message to this generation, directly to them.”

The current and former Iowa GOP chairmen both note examples of past candidates who have shift the Iowa caucus by bringing in new demographics. In the 1980s, Pat Robertson permanently remade the electorate by turning out evangelical Christians, said former Chairman Matt Strawn and current Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. Last cycle, Ron Paul successfully capitalized on the youth vote, they said, and President Barack Obama famously sent shock waves through the 2008 primary by turning out young people in strong numbers to take the Iowa caucus from Hillary Clinton.

At the same time, those examples are notable because they defied the norm.

“I think that it is still very much an open issue whether Sen. Paul can replicate the success his father had in bringing new participants to the caucus that are more libertarian-oriented,” Strawn said, noting that the Feb. 1 caucus date will help.

“But while Sen. Paul may have an advantage with the caucus calendar, there is a Bernie Sanders-sized challenge that he has to overcome on college campuses,” Strawn added. “In 2012, the hipster campus culture thing to do was to caucus for Ron Paul. So far this season, the counter-culture campus thing to do is campaign for Bernie Sanders.”

And it’s not just Sanders competing for the youth vote, Strawn and others noted. Campaigns are recognizing the importance of Millennial this cycle. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his own campus push on Thursday, saying he had 135 chapters in 36 states. His goal is 450 campus units.

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And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is also making a strong play for the libertarian-leaning voter, offering an anti-Washington message. There’s also mogul Donald Trump, who attracts a wide range of traditional and nontraditional voters.

“I’m sensing competition this year for those libertarian younger voters, and actually if I could be more general, I’m sensing more competition for those libertarian caucus-goers,” Kaufmann said. “I think Ted Cruz is putting on a pretty vigorous offensive for those voters, I think Donald Trump is dipping into that pool, so I think this year there’s going to be more competition for those voters than when Ron Paul ran.”

So what’s the best way for Paul’s campaign to make sure those students show up?

“That’s the secret sauce,” Maloney said. “Let’s just say it’s all about the infrastructure and the excitement.”

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Presidential candidate Rand Paul is planning to sign the Republican National Committee’s loyalty pledge and forego a third party run — and is cautioning that if Donald Trump doesn’t sign it, the billionaire could hand a 2016 victory to Democrats.

“What I don’t like about Donald Trump is his using the Republican party and then perhaps going out at the very end after he doesn’t win the nomination and then trying to destroy the Republican party,” Paul told “CBS This Morning” early Thursday. “Ross Perot, you know, ended up giving us the first Clinton and I think that if Trump does this again, he could give us another Clinton.”

Others in the party, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former tech executive Carly Fiorina, also received the pledge and have declared their intention to sign it. Trump is set to meet with RNC chairman Reince Priebus Thursday to discuss the loyalty promise.

While Paul has yet to discuss the pledge circulated by Priebus, the Kentucky Republican would, “in all likelihood,” put his name on the document.

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“We have said in the past that I am not going to run as a third party candidate,” Paul added. “And I think that is a reasonable pledge to take.”

He did, however, express sympathy for third-party candidates because “sometimes the two parties don’t do a very good job.”

“Third parties do provide pressure on the two parties to do better, actually,” Paul said. In 1988, Paul’s father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, announced his presidential candidacy as a Libertarian.

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The Kentucky Republican also weighed in on Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk defying the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

“If society is going to change its opinion on what marriage is, I think it’d probably be better through persuasion than through sort of an aggressive tactic where we federalize everything and force people to do things they don’t want to do,” Paul said, defending the Kentucky clerk’s resistance. “Ultimately, I think it would be better to probably let people make their own decisions.”

Kim Davis and her deputies are slated to explain to a federal judge why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court, even though they continue to defy the justices.

But Paul cautioned that if same-sex marriage advocates “push too hard, they’re actually going to make things worse.”

“I think persuasion is a much better way than sort of bullying people to believe in what you believe in,” he said.

Others in the GOP, however, have advised that Davis’ actions are inappropriate, given her position as a government official.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Turesday that “as a public official, comply with the law or resign,” while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie added that someone working in goverment “has a bit of a different obligation than someone working in the private sector.”

Nationwide, clerks in 13 counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, including nine in Alabama, where the chief justice of the State Supreme Court is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.

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