In official endorsement, Rand Paul says in ad that Thomas Massie can "make a difference"

05/14/2012 09:50 AM

(UPDATED WITH PAUL’S VIDEO STATEMENT) — Saying he doesn’t “like anyone telling me how to vote,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he has made up his own mind and supports Thomas Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, in the seven candidate Republican primary for Congress in Northern Kentucky’s 4th District.

However, Paul, a Bowling Green resident, doesn’t have a vote in the 4th District.

Still, after many of his supporters backed Massie, Paul formally endorsed Massie on Monday, as Pure Politics first reported last week. The move comes after other prominent Republicans have weighed in on the race, including former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and Congressman Geoff Davis, who are both backing one of Massie’s rivals, Alecia Webb-Edgington.

Paul will appear in an ad for Massie later this week, according to Massie’s campaign. Here is the one minute video Paul sent out to his network of supporters via email just before 6 p.m. Monday:

In Paul’s statement supporting Massie, he said:

“I don’t like anyone telling me how to vote. I make up my own mind, and vote for the candidate who best supports term limits, balanced budgets, and the Constitution. Without question‚ I think Thomas Massie best fits that description. Thomas Massie is not a career politician. He’s a taxpayer, a businessman who’s concerned that the debt threatens our future. Thomas Massie will make a difference in Washington.”

Paul had said during a February 24 interview that he planned to stay out of the race as long as others, such as Davis, didn’t get involved.


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