Between now and next month’s Republican statewide nominating convention, expect Senate hopeful Pete Hegseth to distinguish himself from the competition by linking his rival, Kurt Bills, to presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Paul’s message “is not one that’s going to win the general election, and it’s not one that’s in line with Republicans and Minnesotans at large,” said Hegseth’s spokesman Kyler Nerison.
Bills endorsed Paul for president, and Paul has endorsed Bills, a member of the Minnesota House, in his effort to win the GOP nomination to run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Nerison said the campaign’s goal is to make sure delegates at the convention are well aware of the Bills’ association with Paul, who supports ending the Federal Reserve, pulling American troops out of Afghanistan, and other libertarian ideas controversial in some Republican circles.
Paul’s supporters are expected to make a strong showing at this year’s statewide convention. His Minnesota campaign manager told MPR that Paul won 20 of the 24 national delegates elected at Republican district conventions.
Nevertheless, Nerison said that Hegseth still plans to drop his Senate bid if he’s not endorsed by the party.