Paul says stopping Hillary Clinton is reason to vote for Donald Trump

08/18/2016 04:10 PM

MAYSVILLE – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told an overflow crowd at the Rotary Club in Maysville on Thursday morning that he’s had his differences with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but he solidly supports him in his race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The stop was part of Paul’s town hall meeting schedule which he’s held across the state to talk to, and hear from voters.

Paul told the crowd that’s it’s important to pull together behind Trump because the alternative is Clinton.

“We now have a comparison between Hillary Clinton and her husband who have grown rich over government service,” Paul said. “Selling themselves and selling their speeches.

Paul was asked by a member of the audience why he has thrown his support to Trump and not Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who shares a lot of similar views with Paul.

Paul said the number one reason is that he signed a pledge with the 17 other GOP presidential candidates to support the nominee, and the fact that votes for Johnson would wind up helping Clinton.

“I think, in the end, some worry that if you siphon off votes, it could allow, not Johnson to win, but Clinton to win,” Paul said.

One challenge for Trump is to try to gain the support of millennial voters, ages 18-35, something that up to now, many feel that he has not done.

However, Paul still believes that the GOP nominee has a chance to gain more voters in that age group.

“One of the things that I work very hard with is talking about issues of privacy, that the government should leave us alone as far as looking at our cell phone data and things like that,” Paul said. “So, I think there is more opportunity for Republicans to get more of the millennial vote.”

Paul says as he has traveled the state, one of the constant things that he’s heard is that people are fed up with the federal government’s war on coal.

“They don’t like the extra regulations,” Paul said. “You know, we’ve lost 15,000 jobs and it’s kind of insulting to us when Hillary Clinton says that we’re going to put your coal miners out of business.”

Donald Trump’s campaign has undergone a major staff shake-up with less than three months to Election Day.

Trump named Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and a former investment banker, to the post of chief executive and promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster to his campaign, to the position of campaign manager. Recently ousted head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has begun to advise Trump as he prepares for the presidential debates.

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, believes that the moves will be a positive shot in the arm for the campaign.

“He’s about winning and wants to hire the people that can get him to the top so I agree with what he’s done,” Massie said. “Steve Bannon is a great spokesman for Donald Trump.”

After the stop in Maysville this morning, Paul held town meetings in Vanceburg, Grayson, and Greenup.


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