Rand Paul brings Rupert Murdoch to the Kentucky Derby

Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed penned by deputy editor Bret Stephens that tore apart Republican Sen. Rand Paul's potential presidential run. Even the headline was full of snark: "Rand Paul for President: Because what the GOP needs is a humbling landslide defeat."

Still, the junior senator from Kentucky put aside his differences with the Wall Street Journal over the weekend and hosted its owner, Rupert Murdoch, at the Kentucky Derby. Paul reportedly invited Murdoch a month ago to join him. The New York Times detailed their pleasant afternoon together, which included a visit the luxury suite of the former ambassador to Latvia, taking a jaunt over to the clubhouse where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was socializing, and attempting to operate a self-service betting machine.

Murdoch called Paul a "very interesting man" but also told the Times that he liked other prospective Republican presidential candidates such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The media mogul also said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be "a very strong, fighting candidate in the primaries," but that he expects more controversy to come out of the governor's office.

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