Senator Rand Paul (R,KY) has made a deal with Senator Mitch McConnell (R,KY) whereby Paul will campaign for McConnell in Kentucky in exchange for "establishment support" within the GOP for his 2016 Presidential campaign. McConnell, who is facing opposition from Secretary of State Lundergan Grimes (D), is four points behind in the race, according to The National Memo, Feb. 8, 2014.
As if being behind in the race was not enough trouble for McConnell, former President Clinton is heading to Kentucky to campaign for Grimes. Clinton is the last Democrat who was victorious in Kentucky, and so his endorsement of Grimes carries its own weight.
Influenced by his declining numbers in the polls coupled with Clinton's visit to the state, McConnell has turned to Rand Paul for help and worked out an arrangement with his fellow Bluegrass State colleague in the Senate. Paul, whose Presidential campaign originally was not supported by McConnell, will go to Kentucky to campaign for McConnell in exchange for mainstream GOP support in his Presidential campaign.
Paul, who has been shunned by many conventional Republicans because of his Tea Party affiliations, needs that mainstream Republican support if he is to have any chance in the 2016 Republican primaries. And McConnell can use every bit of help that comes his way as Grimes' numbers continue to climb on the heels of an endorsement visit from Bill Clinton.