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Rand Paul Gets Little Attention at This Year's RJC

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By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 07:47 AM

Republican Jewish activists and donors meeting over the weekend in Las Vegas did not spend much time worrying about Sen. Rand Paul's approach to foreign and defense policy, Politico reported.

The junior senator from Kentucky and 2016 presidential contender opted to skip the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) meeting this year — he attended in 2014— in order to campaign in Iowa.

Jewish Republicans had previously — and vocally — expressed deep concerns about Paul's preference for a non-interventionist foreign policy. At this year's conclave, there was no criticism of Paul. The senator has reiterated his support for Israel and for a strong national defense.

Still, he is behind several staunchly pro-Israel candidates, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in some polls, according to Real Clear Politics.

Top RJC board member Sheldon Adelson, while tepid about supporting Paul, is not antagonistic toward him following a meeting between the two in March. Some Jewish neo-conservative foreign policy hawks do vigorously oppose Paul, but Adelson is not among them, according to Politico.

Deep-pocketed donors attending the event included Colorado business executive Larry Mizel and real estate developer David Flaum, who is also the RJC chairman.

Among those taking part in RJC confabs were 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Many of the key sessions were not open to the media, including meetings with former President George W. Bush, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Politico reported.

"There's a lot of time between now and whenever a Republican nominee is picked," said Rep. Lee Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in the House.

"Any candidate right now in the field is capable of emerging with just about everyone here in Vegas doing everything they can to help that person win or doing or saying something that is an error in judgment that could risk everyone's support," Zeldin told Politico.

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Republican Jewish activists and donors meeting over the weekend in Las Vegas did not spend much time worrying about Sen. Rand Paul's approach to foreign and defense policy — in contrast to last year, Politico reported.
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