Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is heading to Michigan Saturday “to address the state GOP’s 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Michigan is a key Republican primary state,” and a June PPP poll showed Paul leading the potential GOP field in the state with 18%. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
#WINNING. Paul “said on Thursday that Republicans have been ‘winning’ recent Washington battles and laid out a roadmap for how the party can use the victories to appeal to key voting blocks that fueled” President Obama’s reelection. Paul “said Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval for military strikes on Syria and public outrage over wide-ranging government surveillance programs have made for a great few months for the GOP. And those victories give tremendous insight into how Republicans can retake the White House in 2016, he said.”
Paul, at the Liberty Political Action Conference: “I think we are winning in the sense that the public is with us, it’s just not us, the remnants or the hard core, but I think the public is, in general, with us on these issues. … I think also that from a partisan point of view as a Republican, theses are ways we grow the Republican Party.”
Paul: “Who is probably the least likely to protect your privacy among Democrats? Hillary Clinton.” He “did not specify why he thought the former secretary of state would be so vulnerable on this issue.”
Paul: “Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy… And he was going around, jumping around saying ‘Winning, winning, we’re winning.’ … Well I kind of feel like that, we are winning. And I’m not on any drugs.” (MSNBC)
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