Rand Paul has been an exemplary senator, but he may not ready to be a standard-bearer on a national stage. Rand has been guilty of abysmal messaging on several issues:
Rand has taken every conceivable position on amnesty for illegal aliens. He campaigned as a rule-of-law candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010, even arguing “the 14th Amendment wasn’t meant to apply to illegal aliens, it was meant to apply to slaves.” But then he described illegal aliens as “undocumented citizens” in an op-ed for The Washington Times in 2013, even advocating their instant normalization without having to pay fines for breaking the law. Then he voted against the “gang of eight” amnesty bill in the Senate later that same year.
Rand gave three completely different answers in the span of just two weeks when Russia invaded Ukraine last year. He also called for ending foreign aid to Israel, and then later tried to claim that he didn’t.
He also told his own “states rights” libertarian base he wants judges overturning the states when they “do wrong.” But what determines when they “do wrong?” Rand appeals to a standard without defining what it is.
Regardless it’s one of our most popular issues, last year Rand said voter I.D. is a losing issue because it’s offending minorities. “Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter I.D. thing,” Rand said. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”
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