Rand Paul is raising the stakes and sounding the alarm in his latest "Moneybomb" Internet fundraiser. As of Thursday afternoon, the Paul campaign reports $67,000 raised.
In a video to "Liberty" supporters across the country, Paul warns that "we have to keep pressing ahead because they are unleashing their entire arsenal to attack me."
"My opponent is a trial attorney. He sues people for a living. He's also loaned himself over a half a million dollars and we're afraid that he will be loaning himself more money and trying to buy this election. The trial lawyers and the union bosses are getting involved in this in a big way."
Paul says he's "been doing this tirelessly for over a year now," and that the campaign is about to switch "from a marathon to a sprint."
Democrat Jack Conway has repeated Republican primary rival Trey Grayson's criticism of Paul as too focused on his role as a national leader of a movement. And, Paul does not shy away from that mantle in the video, saying that "the Liberty movement has supported me from the very beginning," and describing Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat as a foothold in the upper echelons of power for the grassroots effort:
"Our movement has never had a U.S. Senator who will fight for the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and the Fourth Amendment. I will fight for the whole Bill of Rights. I'll fight to audit the Fed. I'll fight to limit the Fed at every turn and I'll fight to bring back a sound monetary policy to this country. i Hope you'll see how far we can get with this election. we need your help"