“Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz’s top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator’s team to work for Sen. Rand Paul’s political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest,” CNN reports.
Politico: “Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.”
Former Obama campaign manager told OZY that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) would be “the most right-wing” presidential candidate in history if he won the GOP nomination in 2016.
Said Messina: “I think if you look at his statements and you look at his record he would be the most right-wing candidate any major party has nominated, including Barry Goldwater. He is that far off the spectrum.”
He added: “I think his chances of winning swing votes in battleground states are my chances of being the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.”
“I think all the polls show if she does run, she’ll win the Democrat nomination. But I don’t think it’s for certain. It’s a very taxing undertaking to go through. It’s a rigorous physical ordeal, I think, to be able to campaign for the presidency.”
— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by Politico, “none too subtly” suggesting that 67-year old Hillary Clinton may be too old to run for president.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “has made key decisions about how to launch his presidential campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination, including a plan to headquarter his effort in Louisville and opting to run for re-election to the Senate at the same time he moves forward with the national race. Coming off a midterm campaign blitz in 35 states, Paul has summoned a few dozen advisers – a mix of veterans of his father Ron Paul’s insurgent campaigns and more mainstream GOP leaders — for a closed-door summit at a Washington hotel on Wednesday to discuss his future plans,” Politico reports.
“Within the next few weeks, Paul is set to announce that he’ll run for reelection to the Senate in 2016 – a race that he is likely to run simultaneously with a presidential campaign… If Paul won the presidential nomination, he might focus on that race and drop the Senate campaign.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) endorsed Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) widely expected 2016 presidential run, adding an important establishment name to the effort, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
Said McConnell: “I don’t think he’s made a final decision on that. But he’ll be able to count on me.”
“She’s said to be the front-runner for the nomination for their party. So really elections are about who the leadership is in a party, and it’s about either accepting or rejecting those leaders. And frankly, I think that yesterday was a repudiation of Hillary Clinton.”
— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by The Week, on the meaning of the midterm elections.