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Sen. Rand Paul announced that he would boycott tonight’s debate after he failed to qualify for the main stage. Instead, as his campaign explained in a statement, he would "take his message directly to the voters of New Hampshire and Iowa.”
He took his message to Twitter, a medium that undoubtedly includes Iowa and New Hampshire voters.
While the candidates slugged it out on stage answering questions from moderators, Paul was at Twitter’s NYC headquarters, taking questions from voters online using the hashtag #RandRally.
#RandRally trended nationally for the majority of the debate and the duration of his Q & A.
By the middle of the debate, Twitter said he had gained the second largest following of all candidates, Republican and Democrat...
After a two-day media tour of New York City giving interviews — all hinged upon his skipping the debate — Paul holed up at the Twitter offices and answered user questions on Periscope video livestream, calling the event the Rand Rally.
Eschewing the debate stage for a virtual exchange was a bold move, but it paid off for Paul. Amongst all candidates, regardless of party, Paul added the second most followers, according to Twitter Government, and #RandRally was the fourth highest trending hashtag in the United States.
The event also served as a fundraiser of sorts for Paul — he periodically sent messages linking to his Square Cash page for donations.
originally posted by: gladtobehere
Lets be honest, the establishment is scared of Rand Paul. Even though he has toed the Party line on a few issues, they are scared of his Libertarian principles and simply dont trust the (Ron) Paul genes.
originally posted by: Wookiep
a reply to: Eilasvaleleyn
Rand is against getting money out of politics, but more importantly, getting money out of the FED, and IRS by obliterating both while also getting rid of lobbyists, which is legal corporate bribery.
Bernie's main goal has nothing to do with ending the fed or corrupt government. It seems to me, he just wants to make it bigger while making himself sound good by wanting to get rid of walstreet and rich people.