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2016 CONTENDER SPEAKING IN CHARLESTON ON JANUARY 21

Is it too early to speculate about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination? And what about South Carolina’s “First in the South” presidential primary?¬†Of course the answer to both of those questions is “yes …” but let’s speculate regardless, shall we?

Stoking the speculation this week is U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a fiscal conservative who will pay a visit to Charleston, S.C. later this month.

According to our sources, Paul will speak at the January 21 installment of the “Charleston Meeting,” an invitation-only gathering of Palmetto political activists who fancy themselves as important. Are they? Ehh …

Ironically, Paul will be followed at the podium by S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, one of the most fiscally liberal, anti-free market leaders in South Carolina history – a guy who has presided over the runaway growth of a state budget that was already way too big for its britches.

Anyway, Paul is the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul – a tireless, uncompromising free market conservative and the founder of the modern-day limited government movement in this country. He’s also one of several fiscally conservative leaders whose name is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Is he a chip off of the old block, so to speak?

Sort of … Paul has impressed us with his voting record (and with the bare bones federal budget proposal he submitted last year), but he’s also shown signs of being a typical politician. In face we ripped him relentlessly last year when he endorsed the presidential bid of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Also, South Carolina’s “First in the South” primary is clearly no longer the “must-win” contest it was in the past … otherwise Newt Gingrich, not Romney, would have been the standard-bearer for the “Republican” party in 2012 (a.k.a. same shit, different candidate).

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