Watch Rand Paul Bolt as an Immigration Activist Confronts Steve King

The Kentucky Republican didn’t stick around when a “Dreamer” showed up to an Iowa fundraiser.

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Aug. 5, 2014, 3:43 a.m.

Sen. Rand Paul didn’t even get to fin­ish chew­ing.

With­in mo­ments of Erika An­diola in­tro­du­cing her­self as a “Dream­er” im­mig­ra­tion act­iv­ist to Paul and Rep. Steve King at an Iowa fun­draiser on Monday, the Ken­tucky sen­at­or and likely 2016 GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate made a hasty exit.

An­diola first ap­proached the table where Paul and King were seated, shak­ing hands with each and in­tro­du­cing her­self. “My name is Erika,” she said. As Paul leaned in to take a bite of his ham­burger, An­diola ad­ded, “I’m ac­tu­ally a Dream­er my­self.”

{{ BIZOBJ (video: 5148) }}

With a head nod from aide Ser­gio Gor, Paul wiped his mouth and de­par­ted while still vis­ibly chew­ing, leav­ing be­hind his half-eaten ham­burger. (Paul did grab his bever­age on the way out.)

The awk­ward scene was a visu­al re­mind­er of the polit­ic­al tightrope Paul is try­ing to walk as he woos the tea-party base of the GOP, rais­ing money for a con­ser­vat­ive firebrand like King, at the same time he pitches an in­clu­sion­ary mes­sage of a Re­pub­lic­an Party that he says must ex­pand its ap­peal to win fu­ture na­tion­al elec­tions.

“In­stead of ac­tu­ally stay­ing there and talk­ing to us about it, he just de­cided to run away,” An­diola said in an in­ter­view Monday night.

Gor said in an email, “Sen­at­or Paul had a me­dia avail after the event and that’s where we had to be. CNN, Buzzfeed, Wall Street Journ­al and sev­er­al loc­al out­lets at­ten­ded the me­dia avail.”

The fast exit may have been for the best polit­ic­ally. One minute in­to a video, which was pos­ted on­line Monday, King cuts An­diola off and grabs her hand. “Stop a minute,” King tells her. “You’re very good at Eng­lish. You know what I’m say­ing.”

An­diola had ref­er­enced King’s con­tro­ver­sial re­mark last year that some un­doc­u­mented im­mig­ra­tions have “calves the size of can­ta­loupes” from haul­ing drugs across the bor­der.

An­diola ob­jec­ted to that as an in­sult. King ob­jec­ted to her ob­jec­tion. “I spoke of drug smug­glers. Now, you’re not go­ing to tell me you’re one of them are you?” he asked her.

“Do I look like a drug smug­gler to you?” she replied.

The King fun­draiser came on the first day of a mul­ti­day swing Paul is mak­ing across Iowa, the state that will kick off the 2016 pres­id­en­tial primary cam­paign.

{{ BIZOBJ (video: 5149) }}

What We're Following See More »
BACKING OUT ON BERNIE
Trump Won’t Debate Sanders After All
3 days ago
THE LATEST

Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

AKNOWLEDGING THE INEVITABLE
UAW: Time to Unite Behind Hillary
4 days ago
THE DETAILS

"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.

Source:
AP KEEPING COUNT
Trump Clinches Enough Delegates for the Nomination
4 days ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."

Source:
TRUMP FLOATED IDEA ON JIMMY KIMMEL’S SHOW
Trump/Sanders Debate Before California Primary?
4 days ago
THE LATEST
CAMPAIGNS INJECTED NEW AD MONEY
California: It’s Not Over Yet
4 days ago
THE LATEST

"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.

Source:
×