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Did Palin Endorse Rand Paul?

Opponents of Rand Paul, the frontrunner in Kentucky’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate, are pretty effectively spinning his press release announcing the endorsement

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Feb 01, 2010

Opponents of Rand Paul, the frontrunner in Kentucky’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate, are pretty effectively spinning his press release announcing the endorsement of “political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin.” Paul’s opponent, Trey Grayson, is casting doubt on the endorsement, and Palin has not put out a statement. And TWI’s Rachel Hartman, digging into FEC filings, has not seen a Paul donation yet from SarahPAC — records only go through December 31, 2009.

One reason to take Rand Paul seriously: Palin has spoken in the past about her admiration for his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Here’s a video from before Palin was chosen as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee — it’s been ripped off several times on YouTube, and I’ll happily give credit to the interviewer if she emails me.

Paul’s press release:

National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky. The Paul campaign has received a generous donation from Governor Palin’s PAC.

Sarah Palin has clearly seen that Rand Paul supports smaller, constitutional government and is taking the fight to the career politicians and will shake up the tax and spend crowd in Washington D.C.

“Governor Palin is providing tremendous leadership as the Tea Party movement and constitutional conservatives strive to take our country back,” Rand said.

“Sarah Palin is a giant in American politics. I am proud to receive her support.”

“I’m trying to go to Washington to fight to lower taxes and spending, and for term limits and balanced budgets. I will go to protect the lives of our unborn children,” Rand said.

“I will strive to capitalize on the support of Governor Palin and so many others to go to Washington and fight for liberty and limited government and put an end to the current climate of insider politics, runaway deficits and out-of-control growth of government.”

Sarah Palin’s endorsement is another major success in a long list of achievements for the Paul campaign. Dr. Paul was recently identified as one of the five most important candidates to support by Dick Armey, Freedom Works and the National Tea Party Movement. Dr. Paul has also received endorsements from Concerned Women for America, Gun Owners of America, Steve Forbes and RedState.com,

Recent independent polls show Rand holding a double digit lead in the Republican primary and large leads over either Democratic opponent. Rand Paul has raised over $1.8 million dollars, including over $650,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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