Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rand Paul endorses Gary Johnson for Senate

Huge News: Rand Paul Endorses Gary Johnson for Senate - Hit & Run : - Matt Welch:

August 28, 2018 - "In a surprising move that could have dramatic impact on third-party politics and Capitol Hill's balance of power, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for the U.S. Senate over Republican nominee Mick Rich.

"'Gary Johnson is a true fiscal conservative,' Paul said in his endorsement statement. 'As Governor, he reduced the size of government while improving services. He cut taxes, and he set what may be a record by vetoing more than 700 unnecessary pieces of legislation.

"'His leadership on issues of government overreach, protecting Americans' Fourth Amendment rights against mass surveillance, and common sense foreign policy is sorely needed in the United States Senate, for New Mexico and the nation. He will be an important ally and a critical independent voice.'

"Paul's endorsement is sure to add pressure on Mick Rich to step aside and give Johnson, the two-term former governor of the state, a clear shot at challenging what until now has been considered a safe Democratic seat. In the only poll taken since Johnson officially entered the race two weeks ago, the Libertarian was up on the Republican 21 percent to 11 percent (versus Heidrich's 39), and even held a slight edge among registered Republicans....

"[T]oday's announcement could mark a watershed moment in which the Republican Party's once-ascendant, now-embattled 'Liberty Movement' rump breaks ranks to make selective common cause with a competing political party that has 'Libertarian' right there in the name."

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