U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina make their case for Paul's re-election to Senate at fundraiser

06/25/2016 03:47 PM

LOUISVILLE — They were once rivals for this year’s Republican presidential nomination, but former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina appealed to supporters assembled at a fundraiser Friday evening to push U.S. Sen. Rand Paul across the finish for a second term in the U.S. Senate.

Fiorina’s added firepower comes days before the June 30 deadline for the second fundraising quarter of 2016.

Paul is competing against Democrat Jim Gray, whose deep pockets have helped him narrow the incumbent’s financial edge. Paul had nearly $1.4 million banked in his campaign account as of April 27 while Gray, who has loaned his campaign $1 million, had about $1.1 million in his coffers as of that date.

But neither Fiorina nor Paul uttered the Lexington mayor’s name, instead focusing squarely on why Paul should be given another six years in Congress.

Fiorina said it’s important for the GOP to retain control of the Senate, particularly with Paul in the upper chamber.

“If Rand Paul stays on the field as a senator from the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, what I know and what you know is that he is going to stand tall for the principles and the values that have made this nation great,” she said. “He has the courage to fight the fight, even if it means fighting members of his own party.”

Paul was critical of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s handling of terrorist attacks at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and he said he believes President Barack Obama has far overstepped his executive authority.

“People ask, ‘What’s the worst thing President Obama’s done to the country?’” Kentucky’s junior senator said.

“I say, ‘How long do you have?’ But to me it’s not Obamacare, it’s not the banking regulations, it’s not one thing or another. It’s the constellation of all of it together, and that is the collapse of the separation of powers.”

Paul also spoke against extending the post-9/11 authorization for use of military force against al-Qaeda to include ongoing campaigns against the terror group Islamic State.

He says Congress should vote on authorizing force against ISIS.

“We can’t let one generation bind another generation to war,” Paul said.

Neither Paul nor Fiorina spoke to reporters after their remarks. Gray’s campaign declined to comment on the event.

Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. ambassador to Latvia who hosted Friday’s fundraiser, said Paul doesn’t take anything for granted in politics.

And after criss-crossing the country as a presidential candidate, she’s eager to see Paul make his case for re-election in the highest profile Kentucky race in the November 8th elections.

“What Sen. Paul’s going to do is get out and not only talk about things he wants to do to win this race, the agenda and the beliefs and the principles he stands on, protecting our civil liberties, protecting the Constitution, but we’re also not going to allow Hillary Clinton to get any kind of loft or advantage whatsoever,” Bailey said, noting her belief that a Paul win would help Republican candidates for the state’s House of Representatives win this fall.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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