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Paul’s Mideast trip stirs talk of 2016 run

by Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times  |  published on January 12, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t explicitly deny that his eight-day visit to the Holy Land represents the launch of a 2016 Republican presidential nomination run, describing the trip as “more an effort to become part of an international stage.”

But at least some of the 40 evangelical Protestant leaders traveling with Mr. Paul think otherwise.

“This trip to meet with Israelis, Arabs and Palestinians is absolutely the first step in his 2016 White House campaign,” said David Lane, evangelical political organizer and president of the Los Angeles-based Pastors and Pews.

Mr. Paul joined the pastors on a tour bus climbing its way to the Israeli side of the 9,000-foot Golan Heights; the other side is Syrian territory.

Many others on the bus said they were convinced that Mr. Paul is starting a political climb to even greater heights.

“I certainly hope this [trip] catapults him into the 2016 presidential race,” said Mallory Factor, a best-selling author, professor at The Citadel and a Jewish-American admirer of the junior senator from Kentucky.

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