On the same day that Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy for president, a neo-con 501(c)(4) organization began airing campaign ads in early primary states that accuse Rand of being weak on Iran.
The Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, a 501(c)(4) group led by veteran Republican operative Rick Reed, will go live with its campaign against Paul on Tuesday, while the senator is in Louisville, Kentucky, announcing his presidential candidacy. [...]
“Paul supports more negotiations with Iran while standing against more sanctions that would hold the Iranian regime accountable. That’s not a conservative position, that’s Obama’s position,” Reed told me in an interview Monday.
The Rand Paul campaign has now sent a cease and desist notice to TV stations that air the ad; threatening to sue them if they do not stop airing it immediately.
WASHINGTON — A lawyer for the Rand Paul campaign has sent a legal notice to TV stations that ran a hawkish attack ad based on Paul’s views on Iran, calling the ad defamatory and asking stations to stop showing it. [...]
The letter advises television stations that they are “not protected from legal liability for airing a false and misleading advertisements sponsored by FSPA” and demands that they “immediately cease airing the Advertisement.”
The ad in question (seen below) ties Rand Paul to the diplomatic efforts of President Obama and other world leaders that will ultimately avoid war with Iran.
As we all know, being tied to diplomatic efforts(!) is a kiss of death for Republican presidential hopefuls.
The defamatory ad that claims former anti-war hero and born again neo-con Rand Paul supports President Obama's anti-war agenda is currently airing in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Just in case it wasn't clear, the Republican party is the war party.