Rand Paul Goes ‘Willie Horton’ On Refugees

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was one of the early outspoken voices to criticize the U.S.’s current refugee policy. And now that most of his Republican counterparts are also saying “no” to refugees, he wants to make sure voters know that he said it first.

In his latest ad, Paul turns refugees into modern day Willie Hortons – warning that being soft on immigration, like Rubio and Cruz, is an open invitation for would-be terrorists to sneak into the U.S.

Dukakis Gave Prisoners Passes, Rubio and Cruz Give Refugees Boarding Passes

The ad tells the story of two al-Qaeda supporters who snuck into Kentucky in 2005, disguised as Iraqi refugees.

The narrator explains how the two were “welcomed into America, given public housing and public assistance,” while simultaneously conspiring to send “heavy arms to al-Qaeda” and attack an American Army captain.

Paul uses this alarming story to challenge fellow Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who we see speaking favorably about immigration and the U.S.’s obligation to house refugees.

Paul explains that he didn’t support Rubio’s immigration bill from the start because he “didn’t believe there was enough scrutiny for those who might come and attack us” – well before the current refugee debate that recently dominated headlines.

In a press release, Paul’s campaign team said, “Unlike Senators Cruz and Rubio, Rand Paul has always fought to defend our borders and protect American interests.”

Where Has Rand Paul Been?

The Rand Paul campaign has been relatively silent for the last couple months. Other than showing up at debates and daytime talk shows, we haven’t seen much of the Libertarian senator in the way of political ads.

Although Paul barely made the cut for the primetime stage in the last GOP debate, he still came out swinging when the cameras turned his way – frequently challenging Rubio, Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

With this latest spot he is taking that same combative posture – clearly hoping it will be enough to lift him from the back of the Republican pack as the first caucuses and primaries are fast approaching.

College Students (Keg)Stand with Rand

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As students gear up for the new school year, GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul is trying to get their attention before their courses (or frat parties) do.

Paul’s campaign is rolling out a “Students for Rand” campaign – an ambitious plan to open Rand Paul campaign chapters at 300 colleges in 30 days.

Rand Paul Tries to Lock in the College-Party

The ad features a handful of college kids, all fired up and echoing Rand Paul on his big issues: liberty, tax cuts, prison reform and privacy rights.

Cue the hipster kid montage – each calling for “a leader who believes in the power of individual liberty,” a “true visionary” and an “anti-establishment candidate.” Then the students all reveal that they are wearing the same “I Stand with Rand” shirt. Kind of cliché, but maybe that works with the college kids nowadays.

Rand Paul Tries to Sweep Up Student Voters

As the Wall Street Journal notes, Rand’s father, Ron Paul, had strong appeal among young Republicans and decline to state voters during his 2012 presidential campaign. It looks like Rand might attempt to hold on to some of that conservative youth support, but it won’t be easy – Marco Rubio also has a student fan club.

The Kentucky senator said in a statement, “No candidate will do more to earn support from students than our campaign.” It might be a tough sell with candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pushing for free tuition to public colleges and plans to curb student debt.

Rand does have some sweet campaign swag though…

This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.

Shadowy Political Group Attacks Rand Paul Over Iran

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In the midst of the ongoing debate surrounding President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America launched an attack ad against Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for supporting the negotiations.

FSPA became the subject of curiosity and criticism when it began a smear campaign against Paul the day after he announced his presidential run.

A Political Ad Transparency Loophole?

Although the group spent $1 million on the initial ad alone, FSPA is a 501(c)(4) and is therefore under no legal obligation to disclose its donors. That makes it a nonprofit organization – not a political action committee.

This week they struck Paul again – releasing yet another attack ad that condemns his wishy-washy stance on how to best deal with Iran. The clip vilifies President Obama, and portrays Paul as a spineless follower, calling on the GOP Senator to reaffirm his commitment to his party and join the movement to stop the nuclear deal.

When FSPA launched a pro-John McCain ad, McCain criticized the group’s suspicious anonymity and requested that it be pulled from the air.

Insiders and political junkies know that we’ll see more money spent on this 2016 election cycle than ever before.

With billions of dollars spent on traditional and digital media, dark money and loose paper trails will make it increasingly difficult to follow the money – and discover who’s behind these political ads. 

This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.