Rand Paul openly admits he’s considering throwing his hat in the 2016 ring, as we discussed in an earlier piece on the Libertarian’s chances at the top spot in four years.
Rand Paul is the clear heir apparent to dad Ron Paul’s tremendous political capital, and as the GOP falters after their devastating 2012 loss, Paul is not mincing words about the party’s flailing political strategy.
While most hopefuls bat their eyelashes and squirm when asked about vying for the nomination of the party, Rand Paul (R-KY) addresses the possibility head on, and again discussed his vision for the right in coming years as the GOP struggles to solidify its identity.
The younger Paul has the same lack of apprehension about straight shooting that made his dad such a political tour de force, and he isn’t afraid to break ranks with GOP dogma to state what he believes is a better direction for future Republican policy.
Yesterday, Rand Paul did an interview on CNN with anchor Brooke Baldwin, and he outlined what he feels could change GOP fortunes while discussing his presidency hopes. He admitted the party’s stances were often out of date, and said:
“I want to be part of the national debate … I think my party – the Republican party – is shrinking. We’re in danger of becoming a dinosaur.”
Paul explained that the GOP should consider merging more with Libertarians, and highlighted how this strategy could serve the party:
“We need a new type of Republican. I think that involves some of the ideas of libertarian-leaning Republicans. People who believe that we need a less aggressive foreign policy. People who believe that we’re not going to deport 12 million Hispanic folks and send them home.”
“I think young people want a less aggressive foreign policy … They don’t want to put people in 20 years in jail for marijuana use or non-violent crimes, and I think they want a little bit different approach to immigration.”
Do you think a Rand Paul run in 2016 could turn the GOP’s slump around?