Rand Paul is at it again. Sam Stein:
Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul was caught in a now-familiar campaign mishap on Thursday when it was revealed that he has failed to correct mistaken assumptions about his educational achievement.
Contrary to popular belief, the Tea Party favorite never received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Paul attended the school but left for Duke University after being accepted into its School of Medicine.
The mistake, the campaign insisted, was made by the press. “I guess many people and some in the media have assumed Dr. Paul had a bachelor’s degree, but he has never said that,” Doug Stafford, a consultant for Paul’s Senate campaign said.
As for why the Paul campaign never asked publications to run a correction, Stafford insisted that the candidate and his aides were not aware that the erroneous assertion had ever been made.
Naturally, video was bound to surface testing that claim. And by Thursday afternoon, Paul’s opponent Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway had unearthed footage of Paul sitting through an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal editorial board in which his bio was read to him as follows:
“Dr. Paul is the chairman and founder of Kentucky Taxpayers United. A native of Pennsylvania he is a graduate of Baylor University and the Duke University School of Medicine.”
I’m shocked that Rand even went to Duke. Why didn’t he start his own medical school to get his degree just like he did when he started his ophthalmologist certification group?
Instead he starts his own rival group “National Board of Ophthalmology.”
He is listed as the group’s president; his wife, Kelley, is listed as vice president; and his father-in-law is listed as secretary. Paul and his relatives receive no salaries from the organization, his campaign said.
Maybe his father could have been the principal of his new medical school…
If you support a woman’s right to choose then you’re out of luck with Rand. Do we really need another Ben Nelson on this issue? The only thing he really has going for him is his father’s name. I’ve heard many bloggers complain about nepotism being used to get elected to Congress and to acquire very sweet jobs on TV. As Scott Horton and Digby point out–rightfully so–that Paul’s beliefs fall in line with your basic country club conservative republican, except he’ll be more extreme. “Baby” Paul is nothing without Poppa Bear.
This man is unqualified to hold a position in Congress.