Day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the biggest confab of conservative political activists, was underway. As a non-partisan political junkie, I was there. I was just feet away from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), as they gave their speeches to standing ovations of thousands of conservatives. However, for all the enthusiasm in the room, disability issues alone show that if things don’t change, the Republicans are doomed to fail in their election goals yet again. Indeed, policies for people disabilities were completely absent from the speeches of Rubio, Paul and others at CPAC gathering.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has elaborated on his recent call to end all foreign aid – including Israel's $3 billion allotment, and the Tea Party Republican isn't backing down in the face of strong criticism within his own party.
Speaking to ABC News, he said the Tea Party movement is serious about wanting big cuts in federal spending and that “[t]here’s a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren’t maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come.”
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.
Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing.
Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end "all foreign aid." Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel.
Update: CNN is calling the Delaware Senate race for Democrat Chris Coons, who apparently will beat Republican/Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell. That's better news for the Republican Jewish Coalition, which also refused to endorse her candidacy.
In the non-surprise of the evening, libertarian/Tea Party favorite Rand Paul looks like an easy winner in the Kentucky Senate race.
This isn't good news for Jewish Republicans, who otherwise seem poised to have a pretty good night. The Republican Jewish Coalition conspicuously spurned Paul as being outside the GOP mainstream.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Across the United States, Jewish community professionals are honing their skills of suasion, preparing to deal with a new crop of lawmakers who are unfamiliar with Jewish organizational priorities -- and who are likely to be unenthusiastic once they’re in the know.
This season of anti-incumbent sentiment, much of it swelling from the political right, presents the likelihood of a Republican takeover of at least one house of Congress. The GOP needs 39 seats to win in the House of Representatives; pollsters are predicting gains of 17 to 80 seats.