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Rand Paul & the Christian Right
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/1/2014 4:34:13 AM

Can Rand Paul make a case to the Christian right? The answer will have implications for the Republican Party far beyond the Kentucky senator’s hypothetical 2016 presidential campaign. In the Bluegrass State’s 2010 Republican senatorial primary, Paul was the candidate of choice for Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, and Concerned Women for America. James Dobson reversed course after initially endorsing Paul’s opponent. “Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake?” Dobson asked in an ad, before suggesting that endorsing against Paul fit the bill. In that race, Paul was able to unite social and economic conservatives against neoconservatives and other hawks in the GOP.

      


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Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 4:34:13 AM     Post Reply
Can Rand Paul make a case to the Christian right? The answer will have implications for the Republican Party far beyond the Kentucky senator’s hypothetical 2016 presidential campaign. In the Bluegrass State’s 2010 Republican senatorial primary, Paul was the candidate of choice for Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, and Concerned Women for America. James Dobson reversed course after initially endorsing Paul’s opponent. “Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake?” Dobson asked in an ad, before suggesting that endorsing against Paul fit the bill. In that race, Paul was able to unite social and economic conservatives against neoconservatives and other hawks in the GOP.

   

 

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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 1:05:48 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 1:03:20 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 12:53:06 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:27:42 AM     Post Reply
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.— The story of what happened that night when Americans were abandoned in Benghazi to die will not go away. Despite the appearance of Susan Rice on 60 Minutes two weeks ago, and a New York Times article yesterday reviving the fable that a video was to blame, disturbing questions remain. Why was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on 9-11? It should be standard practice that high value targets do not move around in hostile terrorist territory, which Benghazi was on that day. When the message came that the consulate was under attack, why were all



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