Much ado has been made throughout the day about Rand Paul going after Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz supporters are understandably upset and disappointed. However, we really ought to stay focused on the nature of primaries and understand that for Rand Paul to win the nomination, he has to beat Ted Cruz. Where do you think all this birther nonsense is coming? It’s coming from the Paul Campaign. Most of the anti-Cruz talking points I’ve heard over the last few weeks are coming out of the Paul Campaign. So what?
It’s a campaign. Rand Paul wants to be President as much as anyone else running for the highest office in the land. He’s paying a staff to help get him elected. They have got to be telling him that if he wants to win the nomination, he’s got to put some distance between himself and Cruz and he’s got to pry a great deal of Cruz supporters away and claim them as his own.
That’s the nature of a campaign. Rand Paul hasn’t abandoned the cause, hasn’t become a political hack, or anything nefarious of the kind. In elections, our candidates and ourselves must have thick skin. We must be able to accept that our friends will try to beat us. That’s just the nature of the beast. I just listened to Mark Levin rail against Rand Paul as if Paul had become the devil. He hasn’t.
My request of Ted Cruz supporters is simple: take the high road. Let Rand Paul run his campaign as he sees fit. Paul is simply trying to demonstrate the difference between himself and Ted Cruz.
Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted. Cruz is “done for” in the Senate.“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio. “He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem.” – MSNBC
Ted Cruz has on numerous occasions gone after Mitch McConnell by name. Rand Paul is very close to Mitch McConnell, he supported him in his campaign, and he doesn’t have to stay silent when Cruz goes after the Senior Senator from Paul’s own state. Paul is merely making it clear where he stands and how he differs from Cruz. Let him make these distinctions without feeling the need to get defensive.
It’s an election. Give Paul a pass.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker