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As Republican iconoclast Ron Paul secretly racks up delegates for his insurgent 2012 presidential bid, his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, is quietly opening up a new phase in the Ron Paul Revolution: He’s getting ready to run for President.
The younger Paul’s prospective campaign is still four, or eight, years away, but the junior Senator appears to be taking all the right steps to position himself for when the time comes. Later this month Rand will return to Iowa — without his father — to deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalitions spring rally — the most obvious indication yet that Sen. Paul has his own presidential ambitions.
“He loves Iowa,” Sen. Paul’s communications director Moira Bagley told Business Insider. “He’s been out there so much, with his dad’s campaign, so he’s really comfortable and really happy with the people out in Iowa, and especially the evangelical groups.”
In fact, Sen. Paul’s overture to Iowa’s social conservatives is evidence of a budding romance between the Kentucky Republican and evangelical leaders, most of whom have never been particularly taken with the elder Paul.
Business Insider has learned that Sen. Paul has even been approached about a possible trip to Israel with Christian activist David Lane, a conservative kingmaker whose “Pastor Policy Briefings” helped launch Mike Huckabee’s political star in 2008.
“Rand Paul is going to inherit his dad’s political assets — he’s going to be very formidable,” Lane told Business Insider. “Structurally, there is something that is happening inside the state Republican parties that will have to be death with politically.”
Lane added that the Paul message of fiscal conservatism and limited government dovetail with that of social conservatives, who increasingly see the federal debt as one of the country’s biggest moral ills.
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“I disagree with Ron Paul on some things, but I like that he has courage,” said Lane. “He has been a real steward of the money — that’s why I like Rand Paul.”
Lane, who supported Rick Perry and later Newt Gingrich in the 2012 primary, said that he broached the possibility of a trip to Israel with the Senator’s staff as part of a larger discussion about Sen. Paul’s position on the Jewish State, which has been a political landmine for the elder Paul.
“I had heard that Ron Paul and Rand Paul were anti-Israel,” Lane said. “But they explained to me that the position is not anti-Israel — it’s anti-foreign aid….We give a lot more money to Israel’s enemies than we do to Israel.”
Lane emphasized that the trip to Israel is still just an idea that has been thrown around — but the fact that such an idea even exists indicates that Sen. Paul’s potential candidacy is being taken very seriously by conservatives.
Lane’s interest in Rand’s Israel positions also underscores the opportunity that the younger Paul has to rewrite parts of the narrative about the Ron Paul movement, specifically regarding national security and foreign policy issues. Although the two Pauls positions are mostly similar, Rand Paul appears to have the political instincts and finesse that his father so endearingly lacks.
“From my perspective, Rand is certainly more popular” among the evangelical community, Christian TV producer Justin Machacek told Business Insider. “I think he’s from a younger generation and I think he speaks a more modern language. He’s easier to understand, so I think his message is much clearer. Not that it’s a different message from a policy standpoint, but I think his communication style resonates much better.”
Sen. Paul’s political positioning provides some interesting clues about what the Ron Paul Revolution 2.0 might look like. As we have previously written, Ron Paul has……….
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