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SC: Rand Paul Supporters Take Aim At Ted Cruz

BATTLE JOINED IN THE PALMETTO STATE …  || By FITSNEWS || That didn’t take long … One day after U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, early state supporters of fellow fiscal conservative U.S. Senator Rand Paul started taking shots at him. In…


|| By FITSNEWS || That didn’t take long …

One day after U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, early state supporters of fellow fiscal conservative U.S. Senator Rand Paul started taking shots at him.

In South Carolina, the initial salvo came courtesy of State Senator Tom Davis – a pro-freedom, pro-free market reformer whose Facebook page is widely read by Palmetto politicos.  In a Facebook post, Davis mocked Cruz’s presidential announcement at Liberty University in Virginia – highlighting a blog post which revealed Cruz’s crowd wasn’t exactly comprised of willing participants.

“Ted Cruz announced his run at Liberty in front of 10,000 students, none of whom had any choice in whether to attend,” Davis wrote, quoting the Reason article.

“Which is fine; that’s a savvy political move by him,” Davis continued, in his own words.  “Important, though, that the public gets the whole story. Don’t confuse Cruz’s compulsory gathering with Ron Paul’s SRO college rallies.”

SRO, for you unhip, refers to “standing room only.”

Davis’ point is hard to miss: Paul can draw crowds, Cruz can’t.

Judging by early polling in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – three early voting states which basically decide the GOP nomination – neither candidate is drawing much in the way of popular support.  Of course it’s early yet.

Our hope?  That both Cruz and Paul (and their supporters) will train their fire on establishment “Republican” candidates as opposed to each other in the months to come.  Of course such a strategy would run contrary to the whole “win your bracket” approach to the primary fight – in which GOP candidates aim first to prove their worth to factions within the party (be it establishment, evangelical, Tea Party, etc.).

And make no mistake, Cruz and Paul are competing in the same bracket …


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The Great Googily Moogily March 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

what does Ron Paul’s SRO crowds have to do with Rand Paul?

Mary March 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Conservatives aren’t smart enough to know the difference. Rand Paul, Ron Paul, close enough. Like Blacks and Hispanics, not sure what the difference is but we only want real Americans (you know white people) voting..

TroubleBaby March 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

See, that’s the whole thing…Rand Paul’s people desperately want to tie him to Ron Paul even though he’s no where near as radical/principled as his father on his ideals. Rand is more like Mitt Romney, flip flopping as he perceives the need.

He’s trying to ride his daddy’s coattails in terms of hoping to retain some of those that liked Ron Paul without all the inconvenience of most of his father’s opinions.

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Cruz is a CONSERVATIVE. Paul has SERIOUS National Security problems, at a time when Obama has the nation SCARED to death over foreign policy…

Paul may be Hillary…Dead (wo)man walking….if he does not get his head right…

Cruz may be beatable…but it probably ain’t Paul…

The Great Googily Moogily March 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

“nation SCARED to death over foreign policy”

Im not, im scared to death over our domestic policy. foreign policy can eat sand for all i care we need to fix the house before we fix the yard

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Domestic policy is pretty bad under Obama too. But if he gives Iran a Nuke like he says he will….we better be concerned….especially since we have NO border control…

Colonel Mustard March 25, 2015 at 8:02 am

Hey, Asshole, Obama has never said that.

GrandTango March 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

Obama’s policy is to let Iran pursue whatever course they deem appropriate for the NEXT 10 YEARS w/o any reaction or oversight from the US or any other authority.
Why do you LIE when your EXACT policy is restated by someone else???

M2000 March 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

Rand Paul was among the Senators who signed the letter to Iran, you’d think Paulbots would have a huge issue and a big divide among his papa’s followers…apparently that’s NOT the case.

GrandTango March 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

Liberal-Tarians are masters at trying to triangulate (be everything to everybody)….That has severely damaged FITS credibility, provided he had earned any…

It always comes back to bite them if they try to go national…

M2000 March 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

Check out some neo-Cons in a “Libertarian” Paulbot style administration dream with Ted Cruz?

What have they been smoking? wRONg Paul is Secretary of Treasury yet he is so much into conspiracy theories about the FED. This is actually funny that there are some Paulbots that want this.

GrandTango March 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

Liberal-tarians will ALWAYS try to align themselves w/ Conservatives.

They want THE PEOPLE because they try to sell a populous voice…but they are selfish politicians, as it always turns out…

I’d take Rand Paul, if he got his head right…but he cannot peddle that Kook-job isolationism…like his Daddy sells…

M2000 March 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

I think the Paul franchise will destroy itself, you might not need to mention Dr. wRONg Paul’s involvement in writing a letter to white supremacists trying to make Operation Red Dog seem like it was a fight against Communism when it wasn’t.

His son just recently supported giving money to the Kurds, Paulbots will not like that.

Rand is not Ron March 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm

“Don’t confuse Cruz’s compulsory gathering with Ron Paul’s SRO college rallies.”

Yes, don’t also confuse Ron Paul’s SRO college rallies with RAND PAUL’S!

Rand Paul is a chump and was just out “liberty”‘d by Cruz. They are after the same base. Quasi “libertarians” that will vote for the GOP. Not exactly a huge base…even further, the GOP simply likes Cruz better…so Rand is going to have a hard time.

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sparklecity March 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Read today that FITS’ buddy Donald Trump (you know, the one FITS creamed in his jeans after touring Trumps jet and wrote about for several days) is already raising “Birther” questions about Cruz.
If it was good enough for Obama it is good enough for Cruz.

Rocky March 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

How sweet it is. Canadian Cuban who renounced his Canadian citizenship only after he was like 40 years old – probably figured it might be handy some day – like free healthcare or something.

Colonel Mustard March 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

Weird dude. Effeminate eyes and eyebows. Expressionless face. Helium lollypop-guild voice.

Daniel Boome March 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

It’s good enough for the liberal media pundits to constantly bring it up about Cruz, but rayciss to ever bring it up about Obama.

You Know My Name March 25, 2015 at 10:42 am


cuvinny March 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Look at all these people standing at an university speech Rand gave today!

Bonus headline

Libertarian Wet Dream March 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

Wow, there’s more than one token black guy in the audience! Libertarianism has come a long way!

Your wet dream March 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

He’s not “libertarian” douchebag. Rand said it himself, he’s “conservative”.

Charleston Chew March 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Hope none of the attendees at the SRO Rand Paul college events has measles.

M2000 March 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

Didn’t Rand Paul sign the letter of 47 senators to Iran? Am I missing something here Paulbots? Why is that okay to a Paulbot?

RogueElephant March 27, 2015 at 7:43 am

I have advocated , for a while now , that all the conservatives should get in a room , close the door and cut a deck of cards to determine who will represent the conservative voice. Then everyone get behind that candidate. In 08 and 12 we had several conservative candidates while the establishment put out one . The conservatives tore each other to pieces while the establishment type coasted to a win. That is why so many conservatives stayed home and Obummer won. Why do we keep doing this ? Egos have to take a back seat reality.


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