When I was a volunteer campaign staffer for Duncan Hunter in 2008, I learned copious. I learned that politicians will state the same speech over and over again. Then they will field a few question, do a photo op, and head out the door. Of course there will be people like me that will offer a little advise and the candidate will do their best to take it in, be genuine, and not offend. For the most part, politicians enjoy the symbolism of large crowds, and hate to answer the hard questions from the individual. Then again, after shaking hands with a million people and having run ins with idiots such as myself, one can understand. Duncan Hunter did not draw the massive crowds that Rand Paul does.
Rand is a very fit man and the product and polish of Ron Paul. He sports the body of a high school wide receiver . He looks like a million bucks in a $30 button down and $12 Costco jeans. As the campaign for president has progressed, Rand has become stronger and much more consistent. In the past, he made a few mistakes like; aligning himself with Hillary Clinton on Cuba, talking with a racist rancher, and seeking audience with Colorado’s marijuana industry moguls. Since then, however he has maintained a better posture and has stayed on message. Meanwhile, other Republican candidates have published a chronicle of politically incorrect gibberish and outright stupidity. Rand Paul is intellectually stimulating and can articulate very well on the issues, while Carson and Trump are bereft of deep political capacity.
Anyways, unlike Ron Paul, Rand could make a few adjustments to his dialogue and position himself as a comfortable alternative to both Trump and Carson. No other candidate has the outlaw Rand Brand. No other candidate in the entire field is as articulate and prepared as Rand Paul. It is only a matter of time before mainstream republicans understand this truth.
Rand Paul can bring a huge distinction between himself and the other candidates at the Boulder debate by expanding on energy policy to include solar and safe positions on fracking. He must also differentiate between the appropriate use of drone technology as they relate to border security. With a few adjustments, He can become much more palatable without giving away the liberty farm.
In Colorado, Hispanics make up 21% of the population. Of that 21%, a full 75% of the Hispanic population are legal citizens. The 25% of illegals, bring the wages of all Hispanics down. Hispanics benefit from alternative energy related jobs in Colorado and Nevada.
Donald Trump has basically alienated 95% of Hispanics in Colorado. Ben Carson wants to drone strike baby toting illegals in border caves. In the Art of political war, this would be considered novice stupidity at best.
It was fitting that Rand held a rally in an old Hispanic Catholic church. Hispanics are woven into the culture of Colorado. Rand Paul, unlike Donald Trump is immigrant friendly .
Hillary Clinton and the Clinton’s in general have lied to the American people over and over again. Concerning Benghazi, Hillary lied to the American people but told the truth to foreign leaders. In her world, political expediency ranks higher than telling the truth to tax paying American citizens.. The Paul family has always told the truth. Because of Rand Paul’s campaign and message discipline, he is one of the only candidates that can debate Hillary Clinton. He is the only candidate that the yellow press cannot drown and skewer in political attacks. If you are going to say something stupid, either retract the statement of have an excellent response. At this juncture, and with a little drilling, Carson and Trump will be made fools of. Even the most entry level political nincompoop would destroy Carson on the witness stand. Might as well get it over with now, because the yellow press will do it soon.
Rand Paul must work on triangulating his positions so mainstream Republicans take a second look at him.. In Colorado and Nevada the voters respond to articulate intelligence and not stale old redneck gibberish…Thanks for letting me shake your hand. (See ya.) take it or leave it….