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Rand Paul: Nominee Process 'Intentionally Biased,' Not Rigged

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 11:15 AM

The rules for picking a presidential nominee aren't rigged, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday, but they are "intentionally" biased.

"It's done somewhat in the open, but they're biased in favor of the establishment," the Kentucky senator and one-time GOP presidential candidate told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, giving his own father, Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, as an example.

"In 2012, when my dad was running, they made a special rule that said you can't be nominated unless you win eight states," Paul told the program. "Then they didn't count his votes. Interestingly, now, if you talk to all of the Republican establishment, they're saying, 'Oh, yeah, your votes can be counted.'"

Under Rule 40b, a candidate's votes can't be counted unless they have won primaries in eight states, which would rule Gov. John Kasich's votes out, he said.

"This year they want the opposite," said Paul. "Is that a fair interpretation of the rules? When you think about it, both [Ted] Cruz and [Donald] Trump have a great deal of incentive not to let anybody else have votes. That's what the rules currently state."

Meanwhile, Paul said there are always people trying to change rules to their advantage, and as a result, "we're never entirely sure of who the establishment is," as all elections have changes.

"I'm not so sure you can predict the advantage for 2020 that comes out of the rules," said Paul. "They tried to exclude my father in 2012, and now it's backfiring on some people who would like to see Kasich or [Marco] Rubio."

However, he said the rules say Rubio or Kasich can't have their votes counted.

"People can say they're for them on the first ballot but they won't count," said Paul. "The question is the third and fourth ballot. People saying they can come back. My understanding is the rules say the votes don't count."

Paul, meanwhile, said he is not getting any questions about who he is endorsing, but people in his home state are concerned about Hillary Clinton and her vow to "put coal miners out of business."

"We have 10,000 coal miners out of work in Kentucky," he said. "When Hillary Clinton says, I think very brazenly, that she is going to put more of them out of business, that upsets people in Kentucky."

And as far as his own race, he said he took away a hope that the message wasn't defeated, but his campaign was "trumped by celebrity."

"I think virtually everybody got trumped in the sense that, he was getting 25 times more coverage than all of the other candidates combined," said Paul. "It was overwhelming. And Cruz was able to stick around and make his way through that."

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