Tea Party candidate Moffett says he doesn't want to see Rand Paul run for president

03/22/2011 07:01 PM

Kentucky Republican candidate for governor Phil Moffett, who has billed himself as the tea party candidate, said he doesn’t want freshman U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for president because he doesn’t have enough experience.

“No I don’t want to see Rand Paul run for president. I think he needs to be effective where he is now,” Moffett said in an interview on_ Pure Politics_. “I think we learned our lesson with President Obama in terms of being in office for 100 days and then running for the presidency and just being wholly unqualified to run the nation.”

Paul, who has written a book called “The Tea Party Goes to Washington,” has made appearances in South Carolina, and is scheduled to visit both New Hampshire and Iowa – all early caucus states. And he hasn’t ruled out a run for the White House.

But Moffett told Pure Politics that Paul needs to stay in the Senate and do a good job at that post before he runs to be the leader of the free world.

Moffett has tried to use some of the same fundraising tactics that Paul and his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, have used, such as online moneybombs.

Moffett is in a three-way primary for the Republican gubernatorial nomination with Senate President David Williams and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw.

Moffett’s campaign released a poll earlier this month showing Moffett and running mate Mike Harmon, a state representative from Danville, running neck-and-neck with Williams and his lieutenant governor candidate, Richie Farmer, 26% to 25%. Another 49% were undecided, according to the survey.

But the poll was taken of people in 10,000 households — not all of whom were Republican voters. They were households in which people had donated money to campaigns in the past.

Another problem with the poll: it didn’t include Holsclaw in the race.

Moffett said in the interview that, essentially, Holsclaw doesn’t matter.

“It’s a race between David Williams and I in this primary. We’re going to be the main competitors, and that’s how it’s going to shake out,” Moffett said.


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