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CHQ and Rand Paul Come Out Swinging Against TPA and TPP

Rand Paul is right. TPA and TPP may have many positive economic benefits to America’s 21st Century economy – but how can anyone know or make an informed decision in the atmosphere of secrecy and deception fostered by Barack Obama and his establishment Republican facilitators on Capitol Hill? We urge CHQ readers to call their Senators and Representative (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to demand they vote “NO” on TPA and “NO” on the Trans Pacific Partnership unless and until their provisions are made public and disinterested studies of the economic benefits to American workers and quality of life are conducted.

Tea Party sets sights on White House

Martha T. Moore, USA Today

The Tea Party movement, a product of opposition to President Obama, is set to be a major force in choosing the president who succeeds him. Though less organized and visible than in their earlier days, Tea Party-leaning Republicans now see a nominating process chock-full of presidential hopefuls they helped boost to prominence.

Rand Paul to speak at Palm Beach County Tea Party event in Jupiter, FL

George Bennett, Palm Beach Post

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is coming to Jupiter next week to speak to a Palm Beach County Tea Party gathering in Jupiter. The tea party group is charging $25 per person for the May 21 event on Florida Atlantic University’s Abacoa campus. Tickets can be purchased on the tea party website or at the door.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Senators Both, Lead Republican Attacks on Congress

Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

Some of the most unforgiving criticism of Congress actually comes from the three senators in the GOP race, who are just as eager to dissociate themselves from their line of work as their opponents are to remind voters of it. “Washington is broken. Trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas often says, whether on the Senate floor or at rallies in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Rand Paul Grills DHS Secretary on Surveillance

Andrew Desiderio, Mediaite

Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, asked Johnson if he believes the Fourth Amendment “applies to third party records,” specifically those of telephone companies. Johnson said that question is “beyond my competence as secretary of homeland security” to answer intelligently. “Here’s the problem, though, your agency is in charge of cooperating and being part of this,” Paul said. “And that’s the whole debate we have in our country is over whether we should do this.”

Amash to Host Sen. Rand Paul in Michigan

WLNS.com

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is scheduled to attend the “Stand with Rand” event in Grand Rapids on Monday. It is being hosted by Representative Justin Amash at the Kent County Republican Party headquarters. Rand Paul is one of three people so far running for the Republican nomination for President.

McCain calls Rand Paul 'the worst possible candidate' on national security

Fox News

A feud between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., escalated Wednesday when McCain called the 2016 presidential hopeful “the worst possible candidate” on the issue of national security. McCain’s comments, made on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” were in response to Paul calling McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C,. “lapdogs for President Obama” on foreign policy.

Rand Paul Says Lindsey Graham, John McCain are 'lapdogs' for President Obama’s foreign policy

Nick Gass, Politico

Lindsey Graham and John McCain are “lapdogs” for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Rand Paul said Tuesday, at once firing back at recent remarks from the hawkish Republicans and seeking to distinguish his defense credentials. “This comes from a group of people wrong about every policy issue over the last two decades,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with Fox News, touting his credentials as the “one standing up to President Obama.”

Highlights of the Week in Presidential Politics

This week saw Hillary Clinton demonstrate why she is the Democratic candidate conservatives want to run against; Jeb Bush demonstrate once again that he and Clinton share many of the same positions, and why he is the "great white hope" of the Republican establishment; Rand Paul and Marco Rubio undercut their own campaigns with votes in the Senate, Ted Cruz make an important speech no one reported, and not-a-candidate-yet Donald Trump take the laurel for the week by making the best case we've heard yet for Ted Cruz's candidacy.

Why Rand Paul's greatest strength is also a weakness

Francine Kiefer, Christian Science Monitor

If the public has learned anything about Republican Rand Paul since he announced his presidential candidacy on Tuesday, it’s that you can’t fit him into an ideological box. Barnstorming through the early primary states, he’s bashing both Republicans and Democrats. This is the way the renegade tea party and libertarian senator from Kentucky wants it. But as his inaugural week of electioneering shows, the rigors of the campaign trail – including media scrutiny and attacks from rivals – will test his none-of-the-above strategy.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: Separated at Birth? Uh, No.

J.D. Tuccille, Reason

While both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are trying to win the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, one is trying to do so as a traditional conservative, and the other as a libertarian-ish conservative. Both will have to make compromises along the way as they reach out beyond the base that elected them to the Senate and has supported their causes as lawmakers—and Paul, at least has already disappointed some supporters who'd hoped to see a purer libertarian challenge to the status quo.

Rand Paul plans campaign against Hillary Clinton honesty

Mike Allen, Politico

Sen. Rand Paul, sitting down with POLITICO an hour after announcing his presidential bid, repeatedly attacked the honesty of Hillary Clinton and what he called the “shenanigans” of her family foundation — a window into his plan to make an issue of her character even during the Republican primaries. “There’s a lot of stuff there that is, I think, going to shake the confidence of Americans in her ability to lead in an honest fashion,” Paul said.

What Rand Paul's flat tax plan would look like

CNN Money

Rand Paul wants to cut taxes. Like no one else before. He also wants to simplify the tax code, eliminate the estate and gift taxes and wipe out investment taxes too. And he wants to do it by way of a "flat tax." "As President, I would promote a Fair and Flat Tax plan, known as the 'EZ Tax,' said Senator Paul.

Rand Paul dodges question on exceptions to abortion ban

Philip Elliott, Associated Press

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a newly declared Republican presidential candidate, is dodging a central question about abortion: What exceptions, if any, should be made if the procedure were to be banned? In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Paul would not say if his opposition to abortion rights includes an exception in cases of rape, incest or risk to the life of the mother.

Rand Paul’s New Math: the Antidote for Mitt Romney and GOP’s 47% Mentality

The message that there is a nexus between freedom and opportunity, between breaking the bonds of the welfare state and freedom to choose is a powerful one and an important one if Republicans are to attract the blue collar and ethnic voters that Mitt Romney so cavalierly dismissed. But the math of such a message is untested as a formula for winning GOP primaries and seizing the Republican nomination for President.

Rand Paul Looks to Tea Party As He Prepares For War With Jeb and Hillary

Joel Gehrke, National Review Online

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) claimed the mantle of the political outsider in a presidential campaign announcement that sets up an easy line of attack on Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton while advancing his efforts to court independents and disillusioned Democrats. Paul has been attacked by other Republicans because of his foreign policy views, but he confronted those critiques by declaring war on radical Islam before threading the needle between embracing negotiations with Iran and criticizing President Obama.

Paul Is Taking an Untested Route to the Republican Nomination

Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

In announcing his candidacy to an animated crowd of 1,500 people of all ages who stood shoulder to shoulder in a downtown hotel ballroom, Mr. Paul said his message “is for all Americans, whether you wear a suit, a uniform or overalls, whether you’re white or black, rich or poor.” “It’s time for a new way,” he continued, “a way predicated on justice, opportunity and freedom. Those of us who have enjoyed the American dream must break down the wall that separates us from the other America.”

Rand Paul’s offbeat path to the White House

The Washington Post Editorial Board

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his bid for president Tuesday, entering the race in the top tier of Republican hopefuls, according to public opinion polls. But he faces a challenge in convincing voters that his offbeat libertarian instincts would be good for the country and that he would apply them responsibly.

Rand Paul’s Toughest Sell Could Be Iowa

The Iowa Caucuses are little more than a huge media event that is subject to manipulation by the GOP establishment and is often inhospitable to the issues and messages the GOP needs to win in November. Invented by Democrats in 1972, the Iowa Caucuses have attained an outsized influence in presidential politics because neither the news media nor most outside observers seem to recognize that they have absolutely no effect on the actual allocation of delegates to the Republican National Convention. 

Rand Paul Announces Presidential Campaign

Senator Paul has been long anticipated to get in the 2016 Republican presidential race and has spent much of the five years of his Senate term defining a new conservative – libertarian coalition that could be a potent force in the upcoming Republican primaries. C-SPAN is expected to carry the Paul announcement live TODAY, April 7, 2015, from the Grand Ball Room of Louisville's Galt House Hotel begining at 11:30 a.m. eastern. Click this link for the latest from C-SPAN.