LASCASSAS, Tennessee — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told more than 800 people Saturday that he supports U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi not because Sethi is a Republican — but because Sethi is conservative.
Paul appeared alongside Sethi at former State Rep. Joe Carr’s T-Bones & Politics dinner. Carr said it was “a sellout event.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has endorsed Sethi’s opponent, Bill Hagerty.
The Tennessee Star asked Paul what he would say to the average Tennessee Republican who still hasn’t decided which of the two candidates to support.
“I would tell most people who live in this neck of the woods that Joe Carr knows a conservative when he sees it, and Joe Carr’s endorsement is probably worth more than mine, to tell you the truth,” Paul said.
“But I also know a conservative and someone who is sincere when I see it. I think Dr. Sethi is the real deal. I think the other side got to the president very early. I don’t think he had a chance to meet Dr. Sethi. I think many times what happens in big organizations is they get the wrong pick. They sort of kick themselves saying ‘We should have waited because Dr. Sethi will actually be a better supporter.’”
Conservative radio and television personality Mark Levin endorsed Sethi Friday.
As reported Saturday, former U.S. Sen Jim DeMint (R-SC) also endorsed Sethi.
DeMint, known for his work in the Tea Party, is a University of Tennessee graduate and founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Carr founded T-Bones & Politics more than 10 years ago for Constitutional Conservatives. Past speakers include TV commentator Dick Morris, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, FOX News commentator Judge Jeanine Pirro, and The Politichicks, according to T-Bones & Politics’ website.
Paul said he and Trump speak at least once a week.
“The night that Manny wins I will call the president,” Paul said.
“I promise you the president will call Manny and congratulate him and support him.”
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