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Fiscal Conservative Rand Paul Ran Up $300K Debt

Creditors will be paid, spokeswoman says

(Newser) - Anti-debt crusader Sen. Rand Paul is in debt. At least his failed 2016 presidential campaign is. In its most recent Federal Election Commission filing , Rand Paul for President reported $2,558 cash on hand and $301,108 in debts, the Lexington Herald Leader reports. The campaign owes money to people... More »

Rand Paul Drops Out

'It's been an incredible honor'

(Newser) - New Hampshire Republicans will have one less presidential candidate to consider: Rand Paul is dropping out of the race, reports CNN . The move comes after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses, leaving the libertarian-leaning senator to focus instead on keeping his seat in Kentucky, where he faces a re-election... More »

Debate Audience Chanted 'We Want Rand'

He spent the night taking questions on Twitter

(Newser) - Rand Paul rejected a place in the GOP undercard debate Thursday night after failing to make the cut for the main stage but he still had fans in the audience: Moderator Neil Cavuto had to pause during a question as audience members started chanting "We want Rand," reports... More »

Fiorina Snipes at Clinton in GOP Undercard Debate

'I actually love spending time with my husband'

(Newser) - Carly Fiorina came blazing out of the gate during the GOP presidential undercard debate Thursday, delivering backhanded compliments to her two male rivals and a not-subtle swipe at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her husband's infidelities. She first said she is "honored" to be onstage with Mike Huckabee... More »

Fox Cuts Fiorina, Paul From Main GOP Debate

Rand Paul says he's going to skip undercard debate

(Newser) - Fox Business Network says it analyzed no fewer than 17 polls before delivering some bad news to Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul: The candidates have been relegated to the undercard for Thursday night's GOP debate. To make the cut, candidates had to place either in the top six in... More »

CNN's GOP Debate Lineup: Good News for 2 Candidates

Christie returns as Paul saves himself

(Newser) - CNN has released the lineup for its debate Tuesday night in Sin City, and it's good news for two Republicans aspiring to sit in the Oval Office. Chris Christie, who failed to qualify for the main stage at Fox Business' debate last month, will make a return to... More »

Key Player Likely Cut From Next GOP Debate

Rand Paul will need a miracle in the polls to qualify

(Newser) - Rand Paul has found a podium on the primetime stage at each of the last four Republican debates. On Tuesday, he'll "almost certainly" be pushed to the sidelines, per Bloomberg . To make CNN's main stage on Dec. 15, a candidate must average 3.5% national support... More »

5 Things to Watch in the GOP Debate

Trump expected to go after Carson aggressively

(Newser) - The Republicans debate again Wednesday night, with a field still big enough to require two events. The undercard is at 6pm Eastern on CNBC (Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham), followed by the main event at 8pm on the same network with the remaining 10. (Their rankings,... More »

GOP Insiders Predict Next 3 Candidates to Exit Race

It's bad news for Jindal, Pataki, and Paul

(Newser) - Rick Perry and Scott Walker have already dropped out of the GOP presidential race; who will be the next to go? Politico takes a "bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives, and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire" each week, and the latest thinking among Republicans is that Bobby... More »

11 Candidates, 11 Lines: Debate's Standout Remarks

Including one about turning the TV off

(Newser) - Eleven candidates and three hours of debate: Which lines made an impression? A standout statement from each of tonight's GOP hopefuls, via CNN , the New York Times , and the Washington Post :
  • Donald Trump: "I would get along with [Assad]. I would get along with a lot of the
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Rand Paul Does His Best Trump Impression

'You're stupid, you're fired, you're a pig, you look terrible, you only have half a brain'

(Newser) - In the ongoing tennis match/trainwreck between Donald Trump and Rand Paul that started with last week's GOP debate and continued this week , the two presidential candidates aren't showing any signs of slowing down the political attacks, insults, and even comic impressions. First Rand Paul released a digital ad... More »

Rand Paul: Time for Flat Tax of 14.5%

'Blow up the tax code,' he writes

(Newser) - Rand Paul doesn't want to reform what he thinks is a ridiculously complicated and corrupt tax code, he wants to destroy it. In the Wall Street Journal today, the presidential candidate lays out a plan to "blow up the tax code" and replace it with a 14.5%... More »

Patriot Act Spy Powers Expire

Fellow Republicans slam Rand Paul for blocking vote

(Newser) - A huge victory for Sen. Rand Paul, but at what cost? Key parts of the Patriot Act, including the NSA's bulk collection of phone records, expired at midnight after the Republican senator blocked plans to vote on an extension before the deadline, NBC News reports. He admitted that the... More »

Rand Paul: I'm Going to Let Patriot Act Expire

His move tomorrow means bulk collection of data will likely halt temporarily

(Newser) - It's all but guaranteed now: The NSA's authorization to collect telephone data on Americans is going to end tomorrow—at least for a few days. That became clear when Rand Paul told Politico that he will block an extension the Patriot Act as well as progress on a... More »

Surveillance Programs in Jeopardy After Senate Drama

After reform measure fails, Rand Paul blocks Patriot Act extensions

(Newser) - Things got dramatic in the wee hours last night in the Senate, the result being that the Patriot Act—and, specifically, the government's ability to collect bulk surveillance—is now "on life support," reports Politico . Once again, Rand Paul is at the center of things, with Paul... More »

7 Dems Join Rand Paul's Patriot Act 'Filibuster'

He slams NSA surveillance for nearly 11 hours

(Newser) - Rand Paul spoke for nearly 11 hours yesterday against the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance programs, but the senator didn't hold the Senate floor alone—seven Democrats and three other Republicans, including Ted Cruz, took the floor at times, Politico reports. The House has passed a measure to reform... More »

Rand Paul Trolls Hillary With Bogus 'To-Do' List

Including 'sign off on new private server location'

(Newser) - Rand Paul wants to ensure voters don't forget about the recent scandals that have plagued fellow presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. After the Clinton camp tweeted a photo of a campaign manager's mostly boring "to-do" list yesterday, Paul revised the list to include what he thought were more... More »

Rand Paul's Domain Name Problem Cost Him $100K

But he's now better off than Cruz, Christie

(Newser) - The free market was not Rand Paul's friend when he tried to buy RandPaul.com before launching his White House bid: The Republican ended up paying $100,980 to domain service Escrow.com for the name, even though it had previously been owned by Paul supporters, reports the National ... More »

Rand Paul's Kid Cited in DUI Crash

William Paul allegedly plowed into a parked car

(Newser) - Rand Paul's 22-year-old son is currently enmeshed in his third boozy run-in with the law: As the Herald-Leader reports, William Hilton Paul was cited Sunday in Lexington, Ky., after police say he drunkenly plowed a 2006 Honda Ridgeline into a parked car just before noon. Per the citation, cops... More »

What They're Saying About Clinton 2016

Rand Paul, John Kerry, et al weigh in ahead of announcement

(Newser) - After breathless years of speculation, Hillary Clinton will allegedly make her blessed announcement today, and rivals, potential rivals, and also-rans took to the airwaves to let their opinions be known on what they thought of Hillary for President 2.0. A look around your Sunday talk show dial, per the... More »

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