Rand Paul, son of former Presidential candidate Ron Paul, won the Kentucky Senate Republican primary this week and has now become the focus on United States politics as the media calls him an "extremist" and his opponents call him an "easy target."
It’s hard to believe that the 2010 mid-term elections are only just a short few months away but that hasn’t stopped numerous candidates from gaining momentum for November, or sliding down to the pits of obscurity.
On Tuesday, ophthalmologist and son of Congressman Ron Paul, Rand Paul, won the Kentucky Senate GOP Primary and defeated the Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson by 23.4 per cent, according to the Associated Press.
It surprised many because Grayson was endorsed by many established Republican Party members, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
One day after Paul’s win, the media and political officials are calling Paul an “extremist” and an “easy target.”
The Associated Press reports that Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, believes Democrats will have an easier time with Paul come November because of his controversial stance on issues.
“Rand Paul would abolish the Department of Education, would disband the Federal Reserve, and would end farm subsidies for Kentucky's farmers,” said Menendez. He added that Paul loves the national spotlight right now but has “no interest in growing Kentucky’s economy or creating new jobs.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine called Paul an “extremist” and his win a “stunning loss” and a “show of weakness” for the Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who actually supported Grayson for the nomination.
“Unfortunately for Republicans, ordinary Americans are unlikely to be receptive to extreme candidates like Rand Paul in the general election this November,” said Kaine in a statement.
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post labeled Paul as an “ideological extremist” because of his opposed stance on the Civil Rights Act.
“He is so categorically opposed to public regulation of private enterprise that he cannot even bring himself to say that the Woolworth lunch counter should've been desegregated. Instead, he falls back on the remedies of the market.”
Nevertheless, despite fierce criticism and opposition to Paul from the establishment, Paul sent a message to the Democratic Party on CBS News where he pleaded for President Barack Obama to come to Kentucky.
“President Obama's less popular in our state than he's ever been. And he never was very popular in Kentucky.”
Could Rand Paul win the Kentucky Senate seat in November? A new Rasmussen poll shows that Paul has a 25 point lead over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, reports Talking Points Memo.