Status message

Operating in maintenance mode.

Rand Paul May Have A Tough Opponent In Lindsey Graham

Although South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has not yet made a formal announcement to run for president, he has already started to distance himself from Sen. Rand Paul. In interviews and private fundraisers, Graham has already portrayed Paul as unwilling to protect America from its enemies. Graham aides have even conveyed that Graham intends to position himself as a contrast to Paul's foreign policy views, especially when it comes to Paul's more isolationist views. Of the strategy, Graham said, "It's nothing personal at all. My problem with Rand Paul is foreign policy. He's a libertarian and I come from a more traditional Republican perspective." Graham also described Paul by saying "in many ways is to the left of Barack Obama." Paul has declined to comment on his relationship with Graham as Graham had launched similar tactics against Paul's father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Jesse Benton, a former Paul campaign manager who is now helping to lead a super PAC that will be supporting his candidacy, said that “Punching down third-tier candidates doesn’t often make a lot of sense."

Yet, some of Paul's advisers question whether or not the attacks will intensify. There is already a TV ad running against Paul that is overseen by Rick Reed, a veteran Republican operative who had worked for Graham. On Thursday, Paul's campaign had sent a cease-and-desist letter to TV stations, asking them to take down the ad they call deceptive. Graham said he had nothing to do with the ads. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Graham said any Republican candidate would have made a better Iran deal than Obama, "Except maybe Rand Paul." Graham said he will make his final decision regarding a presidential campaign in late May.

Photo: The Last Great Stand

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Juliano Parker decided to discipline his 3-year-old daughter by setting up a "jail" in their home. That is where she was...

On March 24, Mark Katchem allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Cobb County, Georgia. The only problem was one of the bank's customers prevented...

Despite the divisiveness of his campaign, Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that as president he could cooperate with his political opponents to make...

The internet and social media never seems to run out of topics to base conspiracy theories on, and outside of a revolutionary shift in the...

Is there trouble afoot in President Donald Trump’s White House? Answers to that question will vary depending on who is being asked - as well as...

Latest News Stories

Jenna Vecchio had been a member of the ‘Movati Athletic Club’ in Orleans, Ontario, for months when she went to the gym for her usual daily workout...

Most experts believe that child abuse or neglect is more common than the numbers reflected in official government statistics. Of even more concern...

Wisconsinites and Green Bay packer fans Carrie and Craig Kosinki knew they wanted to have a big family even before they got married. Just a year...

One couple thought they were done with having children. They decided the husband would get a vasectomy and put an end to the matter. A few months...

Tricia McCauley, 46, set off for Christmas Day dinner in Washington DC. Her car was found just after midnight on Tuesday with her body inside....