With his poll numbers flat and a campaign that is on life support, 2016 GOP presidential aspirant Rand Paul is complaining that he should receive an exemption like fellow candidate Carly Fiornia did in a previous debate so that he is not relegated to the also-ran debate that precedes the main event next week.
Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor Friday night — guest-hosted by Eric Bolling — the Kentucky senator lambasted GOP front runner Donald Trump for his comments on Muslims and policing the Internet before being asked about his chances of making the main CNN GOP debate on Dec. 15.
“We think if they give us the same treatment that Carly Fiorina was given last time, that you measure from debate to debate, that we do meet the criteria,” Paul said.
Candidates have until Sunday to increase their poll numbers if they hope to be invited to the main nationally televised debate. Paul’s numbers have not shown any upward movement since his funding dried up and his faltering campaign was lost in all of the attention being paid to Donald Trump.
Despite that, Paul still thinks he has a chance at the debate
“I have every expectation that I will be treated fairly. But I want the same and equal treatment that other candidates have gotten in the past,” he said. “We have a first-tier campaign and we don’t plan on being labeled by the mainstream media anything less.”
In order to receive an invitation, a candidate must average at least 4 percent in New Hampshire or Iowa to join the candidates who are polling at 3.5 percent or more nationally.
Paul, along with former HP CEO Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, sits near the bottom of the Real Clear Politics national average at 2.2 percent with time swiftly running out.
Watch video of Paul uploaded to YouTube below:
Joy Reid: What’s the point of having laws if the president’s friends can break them without consequence?
The recent pardon of ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn exasperated MSNBC's Joy Reid, who welcomed former federal prosecutors on her show Wednesday. She explained that President Donald Trump's opposition to "law and order" when it comes to his friends is just more example of Republican hypocrisy to which Americans have become accustomed.
"You know, and Congressman Lieu, you've got The Wall Street Journal going sort of deeper into some of the other things that he did," Reid said of Flynn. "This is not the guy we remember just chanting 'lock her up' at the 2016 Republican National Convention, which is what probably people know him for. Michael Flynn planned to forcibly kidnap a Muslim cleric living in the United States and deliver him to Turkey under the alleged proposal. Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr. were to be paid as much as $15 million to deliver him to the Turkish government, basically renditioning him for cash. Yet you have Lindsey Graham still Lindsey Grahaming calling it 'a great use of the pardon.' A-OK. Great job, Donald. I wonder what you make of this. I'm old enough to remember when Bill Clinton did a pardon for which Republicans would love to see him clacked in leg irons at the end of his presidency!"
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On CNN Wednesday, former Watergate assistant special prosecutor Nick Akerman tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for his pardon of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — and warned that a larger coverup is looming.
"I think you have to look at the big picture here," said Akerman. "The big picture is that this is part of the continuing coverup of Donald Trump's efforts to conceal what happened between his campaign in 2016 with the Russian government. It started with Jim Comey, his firing because he refused to basically give an oath of loyalty to Donald Trump. It continued when Robert Mueller was appointed, the continuing threats of firing Mueller and his staff. It continued with Roger Stone, who was — his sentence was commuted."
Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first
Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.
After the president pardoned ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, it sparked new anticipation on how Trump will protect himself from prosecution after leaving office. Trump was alleged to have committed at least ten acts of obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller. In that case, the Justice Department followed the internal rule that sitting presidents could not be indicted. Then, it stands to reason that the Justice Department would also follow a 1974 memo from the same Office of Legal Counsel that said a president could not pardon himself.