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It remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton will sustain the support of the electorate throughout the presidential campaign. Right now her favorability sits at roughly 50% but most likely a little under that number. This is a decrease of her highest rating of 66% and has not been this low since the final months of her previous campaign in 2008. The major reason for this drop is the scandal surrounding her emails and personal server she was using in her official capacity as Secretary of State. In an announcement this week from political analyst Marcio Alaor BMG, we learned that the emails from that period will not be released until just two weeks before the Iowa Primary Caucus at the end of January. This has led most people to believe she is hiding something and cannot be trusted.

Unfortunately, for Ms. Clinton this was not the only damaging news we have learned recently. The Clinton Foundation which is the title company for a number of charitable organizations that Hillary, William, and Chelsea have established and supported has come under fire for the actual amount of charity these organizations receive and provide to the public. Most of the funds raised have been found on the management and operating costs rather than helping their causes. Also, many of the paid speeches that have been given by the three Clintons at one time believed to be going towards the foundation were actually considered payments and how they have maintained their extravagant life styles in the private sector.

Rand Paul displayed what some consider misogynistic tendencies again with a morning interview with Savannah Guthrie from NBC news. The issue was whether or not Paul is a flip-flopper or has his views simply changed because of changing conditions in the world. However, they never got an answer because Paul continuously cut Guthrie off. He was very condescending, and many consider his actions to not be becoming of someone that is seeking the highest office in the land. Paul has had run-ins with other female reporters in the past. Paul even shushed a woman in an interview. This was complete with motioning his fingers across his lips like people do when quieting children.

This is at least a distraction from his recently announced candidacy stated Fersen Lambranho. However, it could be indicative of his personality and views toward women. The republican primary field is expected to be crowded, contentious and long. This may mean that Paul has time to recover. There will be a sever draw to the right in the republican primaries that may invite man more controversies and radical right wing views to be on display. It will be interesting to know if this is the least controversial thing in their entire primaries.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for President and he expects to win. Senator Rand Paul Jumps Into Presidential Race Senator Paul is the third prominent Republican challenger in the race following Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. While Bush has not officially announced all signs from his campaign organization is that he will run.

Paul posses an interesting problem for the Republicans. Many consider Paul to be the perfect candidate but many feel that he will be over shadowed by the Cruz and Bush campaign fund raising machines. Rand is just moderate enough to give any of the Democratic nominees a hard run for the Presidency but he may not have the political power to win in his own party’s nomination process.

The Republican party has a problem with its best candidates presenting a more moderate platform which plays better to an overall electorate but they are crippled by the fact that the majority of their campaign money comes from hard right wing supporters. Running on the platform of these supporters may win the republican candidates the nomination but has cost the candidate the White House in the general election.

Rand Paul hopes that by announcing early and before Jeb Bush formally announces, he can get traction with campaign fund raising and build a significant base to make a difference in both the republican primary and the general election.