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Rand Paul Enters 2016 Race, As GOP Rivals Launch Negative TV Ads Against Him

21st Century Wire says…

This morning Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) announced his 2016 US presidential run.

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul said on his website today.

In an earlier press conference today, Paul declared his commitment to being part of “a return to prosperity” and “a return to a government restrained by the Constitution.”

Unlike numerous other ‘wedge candidates’ who are normally propped-up by the GOP establishment in order to create the illusion of a competitive field, Paul looks like he is actually ‘in it to win it’. In the past, characters like Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, John Huntsman and other unelectables were placed into the race in order to dilute the field but also to steal votes away from whomever the GOP establishment considered to be potentially ‘dangerous’ popular candidates.

Contrary to mainstream media pundits, Rand’s father and former presidential candidate Ron Paul was also ‘in it to win it’, but was sidelined by the US media machine who routinely would not report his surging election results, poll results, landslide debate victories and hugely attended political rallies across the US – mostly drawing far larger crowds than any of his competitors during both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

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IMAGE: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

In addition to this, back in 2012, Jewish billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and other Israeli Super PACs formed a multi-million dollar effort that included a set of negative television ads in states like South Carolina designed to demonize former Texas Congressman and GOP White House candidate Ron Paul as someone who was “bad for Israel”.

It’s already clear that war hawks in Washington do not want Rand Paul to survive the GOP primaries. A similar PR attack is being mounted by Paul’s Republican and Pro-Israel opponents, even though Paul was one of the ‘Treason 46’ signatories to Senator Tom Cotton’s red letter publicity stunt designed to derail the Iranian Nuclear Talks. A 501(c)(4) group led by Rick Reed and titled ‘Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America’, has already pledged $1 million to run negative ads against the Kentucky Senator.  Reed also fronted the 2004 negative ad campaign “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” against then Democrat Party presidential candidate John Kerry.

The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman explains:

“A television ad tethers him to President Obama‘s policy on Iran as part of a $1 million advertising buy painting him as “dangerous.”

The ad is a 30-second spot that will run on broadcast networks and on Fox News this week in the first four early primary states — Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a person familiar with the buy, who provided the ad.

The first spot highlights Iran, the yearslong negotiations to curtail its nuclear abilities and President Obama‘s stand against new sanctions.

“The Senate is considering tough new sanctions on Iran,” the ad’s narrator intones. “President Obama says he’ll veto them, and Rand Paul is standing with him. Rand Paul supports Obama’s negotiations with Iran. But he doesn’t understand the threat.”

The audio then cuts to a recording from a 2007 interview in which Mr. Paul, talking about Iran as he defended his father’s world views, said, “You know, it’s ridiculous to think that they’re a threat to our national security.”

The ad concludes with imagery of a nuclear bomb detonating as the narrator says: “Rand Paul is wrong and dangerous. Tell him to stop siding with Obama because even one Iranian bomb would be a disaster.”

The project is being advised by a Republican firm, the Black Rock Group, with the former Capitol Hill aide Lisa Boothe as the top spokeswoman.”

Stay tuned for more reports on how domestic and foreign Dark Money is distorting and derailing the US politics.

READ MORE ELECTION 2016 NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire 2016 Files

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