Quote:Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t explicitly deny his eight-day visit to the Holy Land represents the launch of a 2016 Republican presidential nomination run.
“I consider it as more an effort to become part of an international stage,” the freshman Kentucky Republican said.
But at least some of the 40 evangelical Protestant leaders traveling with Mr. Paul think otherwise.
“I certainly hope this [trip] catapults him into the 2016 presidential race,” said best-selling author and Citadel Prof. Mallory Factor, a Jewish-American admirer of the junior senator from Kentucky.
As the son of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, whose conservative libertarian views alienated many Israel supporters in both here and in the United States, the younger Mr. Paul said he had come to show he is a friend of Israel’s — but also that he thinks enhanced Palestinian-Israeli trade and a thriving economy will encourage a permanent peace in the region.
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Rand, like his father has some common sense about him, quite refreshing from the majority of politicians who are corporations in suits.