Rand Paul Endorses Susan Collins For Re-Election
In a move that is sure to bewilder his supporters as much as his endorsement of Mitch McConnell over Tea Pary favorite Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has endorsed Maine’s Susan Collins for re-election:
Q: You’re going to join U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for a state party fundraiser today.She’s defended National Security Agency spying programs you oppose, and she’s also running against a Democrat, Shenna Bellows, who comes pretty close tosharing your views on that and other privacy issues. Do you support her, despite disagreement on many of those issues?
A: I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Collins for re-election. I think she’s doing a great job for Maine and for the country. … I don’t really know, exactly, what her position is on the NSA; you’d have to ask her about that.
I just know my position, but I think we’re a big political party. There’s room for not-entire agreement on every issue.
The NSA isn’t the only issue on which Collins and Paul likely disagree, so it might seem odd for Paul to step in to endorse her. However, it’s worth noting that Collins has no opposition in the GOP Primary, so it’s not as if Paul is endorsing her over a Tea Party candidate like he did in his home state with Mitch McConnell. So, this is really a General Election endorsement. In that sense, you can see this as another example of Paul trying to reach out to other parts of the GOP other than just the Tea Party/libertarian wing that he comes out of. If he is going to run for President in 2016, this is the kind of thing he’d need to do.