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Trump endorses Rand Paul for reelection

Trump endorses Rand Paul for reelection
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Former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE on Thursday endorsed Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' All congressional Democrats say they have been vaccinated: CNN Fauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' MORE (R-Ky.) for reelection, lending his support to a key ally of his past administration.

“Rand Paul has done a fantastic job for our Country, and for the incredible people of Kentucky. He fights against the Swamp in Washington, the Radical Left Liberals, and especially the destructive RINOS, of which there are far too many, in Congress,” Trump said in a statement, using an acronym that refers to “Republicans In Name Only.”

“Rand will continue to stand up for our great AMERICA FIRST policies because he believes in stopping wasteful spending, defending our Second Amendment rights, and taking care of our Military and our Vets," Trump continued. "I am proud to be working with Rand in our battle to Make America Great Again. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term in the U.S. Senate.” 

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Paul first won his Kentucky Senate seat in 2010 and has already said he plans on running for a third term next year.

Paul has established a reputation as a staunch conservative who is willing to buck his own party, particularly when it comes to military spending and interventions. 

He and Trump famously clashed when they both ran for president in 2016, with Trump then mocking Paul’s appearance. However, the Kentucky Republican ultimately morphed into one of the Trump administration's most vociferous defenders in the Senate.

Paul has most recently drawn headlines for leaning into culture war issues, clashing with Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court takes case that could diminish Roe v. Wade | White House to send US-authorized vaccines overseas for first time The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Israel-Hamas carnage worsens; Dems face SALT dilemma Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE over face coverings and urging Republicans to boycott Major League Baseball after it withdrew its All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s new voting restrictions.

The Kentucky Senate race is not anticipated to be particularly competitive next year. Paul won reelection in 2016 by nearly 15 points. 

Trump’s endorsement of Paul was his second of the day after he also urged Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court sides with oil companies in Baltimore case| White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects | Biden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings Sunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Ron Johnson calls cyber attacks an 'existential' threat following Colonial Pipeline shutdown MORE (R-Wis.) to run for reelection.