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Paul Joins Alexander In Backing Charter School Bill

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two U.S. Senators held a roundtable discussion Monday in Nashville in support of their legislation to free up more federal money for publicly-funded charter schools.

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was joined by fellow republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, whose state currently doesn't allow publicly financed charter schools.

The joint appearance of Alexander with tea party favorite Rand Paul comes at a time when Alexander is facing criticism from local tea party members who say he is not conservative enough.  Some even protested at one of Alexander's campaign events this month for his 2014 reelection bid.

Paul, who himself is considering a run for the presidency in 2016, stopped short of endorsing Alexander.

"I hate to be painted as, ‘Oh, I've come here and I'm not endorsing him,' I think that's the wrong message to send," said Paul.  "I'm very supportive of Sen. Alexander, and I hope he doesn't get an opponent."

Alexander's first television campaign spots for his reelection bid feature a clip of Paul saying "nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander."

Paul has said that ad was not an endorsement.

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