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Rand Paul: I Am Not An Earmarker! (VIDEO)


"We called him and asked him to correct that," Paul said of Journal scribe Matthew Kaminski, who conducted the interview. "I never, ever said earmark."

Paul isn't the only one claiming he's still an anti-earmark warrior. Mike Connolly of the Club For Growth -- the conservative economic think tank with a serious aversion to earmarks -- told me this afternoon he still counts Paul among the incoming Senators the Club hopes will help end earmarking once and for all.

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Paul was among the many Republicans on the campaign trail this year to sign a no-earmark pledge. He said today he stands by that promise.

"I'm not changing that pledge," Paul told Blitzer. "That's a steadfast pledge."