Rand Paul: Alex Jones? Never Heard of the Guy

Rand Paul has had a nearly 20 year relationship with Alex Jones, who has not only endorsed him and raised funds for him but told his listeners that they should ignore Paul’s obvious flip flops because he’s just playing politics. Now that it seems that might be a liability in the Republican primary, he suddenly has little memory of this Alex Jones guy.

Bloomberg Politics’ David Weigel reported that when “asked whether he regretted talking to Jones, Paul demurred,” stating: “I’ve been pretty open to doing a lot of interviews with a lot of different people … And people want to characterize one or two of them, whether they’re on the right or left, you know, they’re welcome to do it. But I’ve been pretty open to doing interviews and it’s one way to get the information out.”

Weigel added: “Asked if he listened to Jones’s show, Paul said that he simply didn’t listen to much news. ‘When I’m brushing my teeth in the morning I turn on the news channel,’ he said, ‘but I’m busy all day.'”

Paul’s suggestion that his connection to Jones was just a random media appearance is disingenuous: Paul has made numerous appearances on Jones’ radio program since the 1990s and admitted Jones and his audience were integral to helping him win his first Senate race.

Further, Jones said yesterday that Paul has “been a listener of this show for years.”

As Media Matters documented, Jones endorsed Paul, turned out listeners to his events, and partnered with Paul for fundraising. Since Paul’s election to the Senate, Jones has continued to serve as a key Paul booster, including endorsing him for 2016 and attacking Paul’s critics.

During a 2010 appearance about his candidacy, Paul told Jones and his listeners, “we can’t do it without you.” He has also described Jones as one of the first people to give him “a fair shake” and “representation” in the political debate. And Paul said he hears from Jones fans “across the country and all across Kentucky” and their support “shut down my website ’cause they overdid it.”

Paul previously acknowledged that he got information from Alex Jones. On his radio show in January, Jones told listeners that while it may seem like Paul has moderated his views, he is merely “playing politics.”

Just as he is by now denying any relationship with Jones. When one your most prominent supporters is a bizarre conspiracy theorist who publicly says that you’re lying now that you’re running for president by pretending to be a moderate, that can’t be good for your campaign.

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  • Glenn E Ross

    Well, it’s not like Alex Jones is Reverend Wright.

  • John Pieret

    conspiracy theorist who publicly says that you’re lying now that you’re running for president by pretending to be a moderate, that can’t be good for your campaign

    In America today, it might be a positive benefit.

  • dingojack

    No, no you’re taking Rand outta context, and it’s all a liberal media beat-up, and how dare you quote him directly LIE about him, LEAVE RAND ALONE!!!, and —

    BENGHAZI!!!

    There. I think I’ve covered (most) of Rand Paul’s litany of lame-ass excuses now.

    Dingo

  • kosk11348

    The follow up question should have been “You think the Alex Jones show qualifies as “news?”

  • ah58

    Ask not for whom the bus rolls. It rolls for thee.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Glenn E Ross @ # 1: Well, it’s not like Alex Jones is Reverend Wright.

    Better yet, Alex Jones is not Oprah Winfrey!

  • lofgren

    A lot of those quotes seem like playing politics. You don’t get to be a successful politician without buttering up your supporters, regardless of how much you may disagree with them. Alex Jones’ quotes on Paul really can’t be taken as gospel either. It’s not fair for us to hold Paul accountable for Jones’ claims that Paul listens to the show or for accepting Paul’s support.

    What is absurd is the idea that Paul has no idea who Jones is. If Jones is this vocal a supporter, you can bet that at the very least somebody on Paul’s team has a dossier on him and briefs Paul on what Jones and his listeners want to hear and how that might play to other audiences.

    Far more important than Paul’s specific relationship with Jones is what about his positions makes him an attractive candidate for Jones and his listeners. That’s the stake in Paul’s heart. He can brush off these quotes as typical politics but he’s not going to be able to escape their shared philosophy so easily.

  • Nick Gotts

    Matthew 26:74 …Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

  • jimmyfromchicago

    Paul previously acknowledged that he got information from Alex Jones.

    If ever irony quotes were justified, they are around the word “information” in that sentence.

  • busterggi

    “When one your most prominent supporters is a bizarre conspiracy theorist ”

    One? That describes the entire GOP.

  • garnetstar

    Wasn’t it from Alex Jones that Paul got the notion that the US was secretly shipping arms out of Libya (Benghazi!) to unnamed bad guys via Turkey? The question he asked Hilary that surprised her so much at that committee or panel she testified to?

    Hey, Reagan had his astrologer to make foreign policy, Paul has Alex Jones.

  • lorn

    That isn’t a real denial. To be a real it has to be done “three times before the cock crows”.

  • Michael Heath

    garnetstar asserts:

    Hey, Reagan had his astrologer to make foreign policy, Paul has Alex Jones.

    I’m not aware of President Reagan “making” foreign policy based on astrology. I am aware of Mrs. Reagan being a believer, and sometimes convincing her husband to schedule a handful of events on certain days. I’m also aware of their being friends of the family that were astrologers. But I don’t recall Mr. Reagan setting policy determined by astrology.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Does anyone here still think Rand Paul is going to gin up new policy debates within the Republican Party? Meet the new breath of fresh air — same as the old breath of fresh air.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    But I don’t recall Mr. Reagan setting policy determined by astrology.

    Yeah, most of his policies were based on even less reliable ideas.

  • Michael Heath

    garnetstar writes:

    Hey, Reagan had his astrologer to make foreign policy, Paul has Alex Jones.

    I responded:

    . . . I don’t recall Mr. Reagan setting policy determined by astrology.

    Raging Bee writes:

    Yeah, most of his policies were based on even less reliable ideas.

    Uh, the U.S. won the Cold War; I would argue beyond that fact, that humanity won the Cold War. That where President Reagan was a key component though not the primary one; Mikhail Gorbachev and his Soviet supporters were instead. That where Mr. Reagan employed liberal-centric policies to contribute to ending that war, e.g., rejecting the insanity of mutually assured destruction for a commitment to work towards the eradication of nuclear weapons and full-frontal engagement with one’s enemies and opponents over a fighting war.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    That where Mr. Reagan employed liberal-centric policies to contribute to ending that war, e.g., rejecting the insanity of mutually assured destruction for a commitment to work towards the eradication of nuclear weapons and full-frontal engagement with one’s enemies and opponents over a fighting war.

    That never happened.

  • busterggi

    “Uh, the U.S. won the Cold War”

    Really?? You mean Russia (presently reconstituting its empire) is no longer run by Commie KGB officers but by ex-Commie ex-KGB officers? Where’s the win?