October 10th, 2012
07:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul talks 2016 prospects

(CNN) - Is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid?

That was the question Wednesday from CNN's Erin Burnett, who cited Paul's new super PAC "Rand PAC." It began running television ads this week calling for the elimination of foreign aid.

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"At least you don't have to change the name of the PAC or anything if you switch what you're running for," Burnett said as she closed the interview.

"You may be right there," the Kentucky lawmaker said.


Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Steve

    The Republican Party is moving on. Romney and Ryan is a freak show.

    October 10, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. jane

    YES.....YES....YES...We need a third party!!!!

    October 10, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. CitizenAJ

    I agree, get rid of foreign aid if we are SERIOUS about deficit and debt reduction. Especially foreign aid to islamic led governments who have a hate for the west, particularl the U.S. The U.S. is broke, borrowing money from the likes of China, yet, is sending mony overseas to nations who really don't deserve it.

    October 10, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. TheTraveler

    With the way Republicans have been the last 12 years, I'm hoping the GOP won't even be around in 2016 ...

    October 10, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Apparently never met a mirror he didn't kiss.

    October 10, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. lewis

    Maybe the first pres with a wombat on his head....

    October 10, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Everett . M . Moon

    He be better then we have had for 16year,s. He can not do as bad as it has been He will some time have people say bad thing. But he has to be on the line to start re-build or we will be in bad way down the road. He will be better for USA. It about we the USA been better then a long time and it about time.

    October 10, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Listen TP criminal, your time just like your father's will NEVER come and the world will be better for it.

    October 10, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. clarke

    oh come on, an we please not go there yet. This is only 2012 give us a break.

    October 10, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Valar Morghulis

    Only the state of Kentucky would elect a nit wit like Rand Paul.

    October 10, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Chad

    We have four Americans dead, Obama lied and is lying about the situation. While all this is unfolding, CNN wants to talk about Rand Paul??? CNN, please report the real news! Report the truth! Stop being so biased and PLEASE stop covering up for Obama!
    CNN, your ratings are so low; Fox News will own you guys soon if you don’t change your strategy. You have to report the truth.

    October 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he makes the 2016 run, he'll not win the nomination. The Republican establishment won't let him win the nomination.

    October 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. DougNJ

    I'm an Indepedant and feel that with Rand Paul I know where he stands and would vote for him vs. picking 'the lesser of two evils', or 'the devil you know for the devil you do not know' as is the case in 2012.

    October 10, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Republican Class Warfare

    This man is pretty dumb...and to all the paulites out there: why would you want people in government who think government doesn't work? They just get in there and prove you right by doing nothing useful and collecting a check, courtesy of the taxpayers. Would you want a CEO who says business doesn't work, therefore we must cease all operations? No, because it's ridiculous. Same thing with the Paul family. They are nothing but frauds.

    October 10, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. G D

    Mr. Paul is ill-informed about so many things, he makes Romeny appear genius. Let's hope he puts his his time in the upcoming session to actually solving problems, rather than being the impediment.

    October 10, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    He is just a little jerk!

    October 10, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. Smeagel4T

    Libertarians are in interesting breed. Liberals agree with them on social issues and disagree with them on regulatory issues. Conservatives agree with them on regulatory issues and disagree with them on social issues.

    Since there is always a candidate willing to pander to both regulatory and fiscal positions for liberals, and there is always a candidate willing to pander to both regulatory and fiscal positions for conservatives, it rather leaves the libertarians out-pandered.

    October 10, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. chuck

    Thats good for a laugh, how about Palin for VP again...ok sure.

    October 10, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, thats likely to go somewhere. But, then, Libertarian ideologues like Paul are far more interested in theory than in reality.

    October 10, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    Rand Paul running for President? That's as hilarious as Romney constantly liying about every position and then pretending he never said it. The People are not as stupid aa Republicans wish we were. We know neither Romney nor Rand are presidential material. Romney has been running for President for nearly 20 years. When is he going to get that no one, even Republicans, want him as the leader of anything? He couldn't even get re-elected as Governor of MA for destroying the state with his polcies. We will not let him destroy America either.

    October 10, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. AA

    I would happily donate every week to see a Paul as POTUS!

    October 11, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. truth hurts

    Why does CNN bring this up during the 2012 election process??? Trying to sow the seeds of division maybe? Yup.

    October 11, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. Marty

    What makes you think Paul will run in 2016? Romney/Ryan will be re-elected that year.

    October 11, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  24. Irene Pence

    Does Republican Rand Paul knows how stupid he looks criticizing the Republican candidate for the presidency? He's playing right into the hands of CNN-loving Obama. I don't want another war either, but isn't this best covered in private instead of airing his complaints on CNN?

    October 11, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  25. URNOTDAVE

    Why is CNN talking about Paul Rand running in 2016, that is like asking in 2010, Is Sarah Palin running in 2012. Let's focus on today and worry about 2016 when we get there.

    October 11, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
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