“We do the things that would be necessary to make sure that it can happen.”
March 10, 2014
Libertarian Senator Rand Paul said Sunday that he is “definitely” considering a presidential run and has begun to put the wheels in motion, adding to months of speculation that there will once again be a Paul in the race for the White House.
“We’re definitely talking about it, my family’s talking about it,” Paul said on Fox News Sunday.
“We do the things that would be necessary to make sure that it can happen and will work. But I truly haven’t made my mind up and won’t make my mind up until after the 2014 elections,” he said.
The Senator was the run away winner this weekend of the annual CPAC straw poll. Paul pulled in 31% of the vote, placing him well ahead of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, his nearest rival with 11%.
Paul has also been pushing for further clarification of Kentucky state law, in order to ensure that he can simultaneously run for Senate and the presidency.
The Senator is on a roll with comments and actions that have lately proved incredibly popular with voters. At the CPAC conference, Paul received a resounding ovation for his speech during which he criticised Obama for eviscerating privacy and civil liberties.
Quoting from Pink Floyd’s legendary song “Wish You Were Here,” Paul described the sacrifice of liberty in the name of security as being like exchanging “a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage.”
Paul expanded on those comments Sunday, noting “The youth in particular have lost faith in this president, and so I think there’s a real opportunity for Republicans who do believe in the Fourth Amendment to grow our party by attracting young people.”
Paul has also carved out a strong position on the situation in Crimea, stating that unlike the incumbent president, he would not let Russian President Vladimir Putin get away with moving troops into Ukraine without condemnation.
Describing the action as a gross violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, Paul stated “The real problem is that Russia’s president is not currently fearful or threatened in any way by America’s president, despite his country’s blatant aggression.”
“But let me be clear: If I were president, I wouldn’t let Vladimir Putin get away with it.” Paul wrote in a Time magazine op-ed. “This does not and should not require military action,” he added. “No one in the U.S. is calling for this. But it will require other actions and leadership, both of which President Obama unfortunately lacks.”
“Like Dwight Eisenhower, I believe the U.S. can actually be stronger by doing less,” he said. “Like Ronald Reagan, particularly regarding Russia, I also believe, ‘Don’t mistake our reluctance for war for a lack of resolve.’”
One person who isn’t impressed with Paul’s preparations for presidency is Congressman Peter King (N.Y.), who described Paul as appealing to the “lowest common denominator”.
Slamming Paul’s description of the US as “an imperial power,” King said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “We cannot allow isolationists to take over” the Republican Party. King also claimed that he could do a better job as president than Rand Paul.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.