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Rand Paul Touts GOP Unity, Endorses Susan Collins 'Wholeheartedly' in Maine

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a brief Q and A with Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) from his current visit to Maine.

In it, they appear to have gone from trying to drive a wedge between Rand and his father Ron Paul, to driving one between him and fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). For his part, Paul wasn’t biting.

Actually, Paul the younger did more to distance himself from his Dad than he did GOP moderate Susan Collins.

Telegram: Last cycle, your father was at the center of a feud in the Maine Republican Party, which divided groups of Republicans. You’ve been in the Northeast over the past few days meeting with ex-Mitt Romney aides ahead of that potential presidential run. Are you acknowledging that you would need to expand on the base that spurred him in his runs?

Rand Paul: Yeah, I mean, you win elections by bringing people together, not dividing them, and I believe that really there’s a lot of commonality between folks in the Republican Party and we need to learn somewhat from the Democrats.

The Democrats have a hundred different coalitions in their party and they seem to come together to be a bigger party. We need to do the same things.

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Telegram: You’re going to join U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for a state party fundraiser today. She’s defended National Security Agency spying programs you oppose, and she’s also running against a Democrat, Shenna Bellows, who comes pretty close to sharing your views on that and other privacy issues. Do you support her, despite disagreement on many of those issues?

Rand Paul: I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Collins for re-election. I think she’s doing a great job for Maine and for the country. … I don’t really know, exactly, what her position is on the NSA; you’d have to ask her about that.

I just know my position, but I think we’re a big political party. There’s room for not-entire agreement on every issue.

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