Rand Paul: ‘Elections are about independents and moderates’

May 10, 2013

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Paul reaches out to the middle: In a visit to Iowa Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a possible 2016 presidential contender, signaled his intention to reach beyond the conservative base. “Elections are about independents and moderates,” Paul told reporters. "I think a lot of the views that I have that are more inclusive of people who haven’t been voting Republican and the fact that we’re going to take the politicking to them – I think would indicate that we would have much broader appeal."

Richwine out:  The co-author of the Heritage Foundation's controversial report on immigration reform has resigned. Jason Richwine has left the group amid conservative push-back against his report and revelations about his past, including that he had written for a Web site that describes itself as “nationalist.”

Carney says GOP leaked Benghazi e-mails: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that the Benghazi e-mails published by ABC News are months old and were leaked by Republicans for political reasons. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry says that after all the hearings and briefings about the attack, "I really haven’t learned anything new."

House will look into IRS: The House will investigate the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says.

Price point:  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) won't run for the Senate, a move that ramps up speculation that former secretary of state Karen Handel, a close Price ally, will make a bid.

Biden not done with gun control: Vice President Biden told Rolling Stone that the White House is going to jump “right back” into the debate over guns, despite the recent rejection of new restrictions in the Senate. "I can name you four senators who called me and said, ‘Jesus, I guess you were right – maybe we can find some other way of doing this. Can we bring this back up?’ ” Biden told the magazine.

THE FIX MIX:

And thanks for not naming me phone!

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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