November 27, 2012
In past months, rumors of a 2016 presidential run have abounded for the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Earlier today, Sen. Rand Paul reiterated his “interest” in running for president as a GOP candidate.
In an interview with CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin today, Paul laid out what sounded like future campaign talking points regarding the nation’s foreign policy, its response to immigration and other potential presidential goals, saying we need a “new type of Republican” to meet the demands of shifting voter demands and demographics.
Baldwin asked Paul exactly how interested he was in procuring the Oval Office seat, and, more specifically, if he’d made any concrete plans to secure support for a future presidential run.
“Well, what I have said is I won’t deny that I’m interested, a little bit different from I’m interested,” Paul stated, choosing his words carefully. Baldwin was able to badger Paul into a more clarified response.
“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 said, speaking of the Republican party’s diminishing support on the west coast, in New England and in the Great Lakes region.
“We’re not competitive in huge areas of the country. Some of the biggest states: California, New York Illinois, we’re not competing anymore, in fact, we don’t even advertise there,” Paul stated, explaining the GOP’s support is becoming increasingly dependent on winning states like Ohio and Florida.
“So, we need a new type of Republican. I think that involves some of the ideas of Libertarian-leaning Republicans; people who believe in a less aggressive foreign policy; people who believe that we’re not gonna deport 12 million Hispanic folks.”
Paul argued that “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.”
The Senator’s presidential run was being hinted at earlier this year after he publicly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, much to the chagrin of his father’s supporters.
A video blog posted to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign website of conservative radio host and political commentator Jack Hunter explained Paul’s endorsement as a premeditated political move to portray him as a loyal Republican in the eyes of his peers, thereby positioning him for a 2016 presidential run.
Arguing that “every single Republican in [a hypothetical 2016] race would use his non-endorsement to bash Senator Paul relentlessly,” Hunter explains that for Rand Paul to cozy up to a presidential bid, it was absolutely necessary to make the endorsement: “Senator Paul had to endorse him.”
“The endorsement isn’t about Romney; it’s about us and what we ultimately want, always,” Hunter says defending Rand’s decision as a win for the liberty movement.