A Rand Paul for Senate Blimp?

The candidate might take after his father and get a blimp for campaigning.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Rand Paul announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky less than one week ago, and there's already some chatter online about getting the candidate, son of former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, his very own blimp. Rand Paul had told Whispers in an interview that he loved the idea of another dirigible, similar to the one that drew national attention to his dad in the GOP primary. That airship—from idea to execution—was the work of Ron Paul's fervent online grassroots activists. Rand Paul said a new blimp, or any other creative advertising or fundraising schemes, would most likely come from a similar source. "The great thing about our people is that they don't take no for an answer," Paul said. "They go out and do it anyway."

In a forum, one supporter opted for a smaller blimp. "We spoke with another company that has smaller hot airships that go for about $70-$80 K per month (plus a one-time cost for banners)," the supporter wrote. "That's still up there a bit but much more doable." But other Rand Paul fans weren't quite as convinced. One even called the blimp the worst idea ever.

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