Alex Pappas has more from the book:
The man tapped by Rand Paul to serve as senior adviser and religious liaison to [Rand's] presidential campaign is quoted in a new book on the 2016 race expressing doubts about the candidate’s Christian beliefs.
Journalist McKay Coppins quotes Paul campaign adviser Doug Wead in his new book,“The Wilderness,” saying he is unsure what the candidate actually believes.
“My point is, I don’t know,” Wead says when asked by Coppins if he thinks Paul is a Christian believer. “I don’t think we can know. I don’t know if he knows.”
(The Pauls have long been Presbyterian but Rand recently joined a Methodist church in Kentucky, Coppins explains in the book).
The book goes into detail about how Paul — in Coppins’s words — needed a “crash course in conservative Christianity” in order to appeal to the evangelicals in the early caucus and primary states.
Coppins wrote that “the distinct dialect of right-wing born-agains was as foreign to [Paul] as Swahili.”
“To fix this,” the author continues, “Wead assembled a list of creedal buzzwords that would signal to evangelical voters that Rand was one of them — a sort of Rosetta Stone for Evangelicalese. Soon, with some tutoring, Rand was conversational.”
Coppins continued: “As evidence of Rand’s progress, Wead would later point me to a 2014 interview the senator had given in which he recounted his teenage conversion to Christianity. ‘When [Rand] said, “I accepted Christ as my savior,” an evangelical was hearing that he was born again,’ Wead explained. ‘But that’s not what he’s actually saying… In fact, he didn’t even say Jesus is divine. He didn’t say any of that! But that’s what is heard.’
Yet, another blunder by Rand. Why would he bring Wead in as an advisor, when Wead was already proved untrustworthy. While an adviser to George W. Bush, Wead seceretly taped Bush and other Bush family members and then told a reporter.