October 10th, 2012
07:56 PM ET
6 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. bipartisan77

    What a joke, he won't go far. I'm so sick of self-serving politicians taking down their party nominees for their own political gain. Rand Paul and Chris Christie have lost my support if they ever run in the future. No loyalty to their parties or the people, just their own bleak political futures.

    October 11, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. Weird timing for Rand's ad

    Seems like a great way to say "screw you" to the Republican Party.

    October 11, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. End the fed

    Epic. Reagan returns!

    October 11, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  4. Namej

    The Jewish media machine would give him zero news coverage as they did his father. It's nice to imagine a politician that would really make changes that have substance. Corporate America and the United States of Isreal would never permit it to happen.

    October 11, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  5. FedUp

    Can't we even get through this year's disgusting election before they start campaigning for 2016? I am so sick of it!

    October 11, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  6. shai

    Can we get through 2012 first?

    October 11, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    America will neve elect a radical like Ron or Rand Paul for President. They won't elect a radical liar like Romney either.

    October 11, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  8. Dan Silverman

    Rand Paul shouldn't even THINK about running for president. It's well known and documented that he is just as anti-Semitic as his father. That's pretty much an automatic disqualification for the presidency. I don't even know how he made it into the senate. During his senate campaign, a Jewish woman asked him if he would promise to always stand with Israel, and he REFUSED to make that promise!

    October 11, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  9. Pedron

    Is it not too early?

    October 11, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  10. USA

    Mittens you have my vote : )

    October 11, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  11. eatoysters

    Leave it to the GOP to double down on the extremists. Might as well call them the Ayn Rand Party now.

    October 11, 2012 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  12. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    A Kentucky Republican. Now there`s someone who truly represents the diversity of thought, experiences & culture in America today. Rand Paul is CERTAIN to be able to carry the country . . . NOT! People in KY may not punish Rand Paul and Mitch McCONNELL, bu the rest of us sure will. Their brand of hatred for Obama and unpatriotic so-called "conservative" behavior have capped their upside career potential.

    October 11, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  13. Mike

    Wouldn't he be running against Romney?

    October 11, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  14. Marie MD

    He can lay all the ground he wants to he will not win and will only waste his money like his daddy.
    This guy is against women, civil rights and unless he flip flops like you know who . . . never mind. NO, not a chance in he!!

    October 11, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  15. Get Real

    Why Not?? Somebody else ran after serving part of a 1st term and won. How much more disappointing could Rand be than the other person that ran and won?

    October 11, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  16. Jesse Ventura

    JESSE VENTURA 2016!!! It's time to start voting Independent and boot the Red/Blue gangs out of Washington!!!

    October 11, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  17. blerg

    If he's anything like his dad, he's got my vote over anyone else (assuming Ron doesn't run again, but he's still in great shape!)

    October 11, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  18. onlyfacts

    A government of the people for the people. Extremism of some politicians for some of the idiots, is where we are headed.

    October 11, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. Tom Paine

    Man, I hope so. It'll be tremendous fun watching Hillary kick his sorry butt.

    October 11, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The nut trees are being shook early, even before election day. Some Republicans must have a whole lotta confidence in Willard's electability!

    October 11, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  21. tet1953

    Cripes we already endure 2-3 years of campaigning. Can we at least get through this election first?

    October 11, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. Willie K.

    I'm from Kentucky and it was a pure freak accident that enough people in our state were tricked into sending this idiot to the Senate. President? You've got to be kidding! Hopefully someone with some sense will run against him next time and we can stop wasting a seat in the Senate. Of course, our other seat is wasted, too, as Mitch McConnell is the most self-serving politician in America and does nothing for Kentucky. Come home, George Clooney, and run against on of these idiots!

    October 11, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid?"

    I'm surprised that Erin Burnett is already conceding the 2012 Romney ticket as a 2012 loss. TeaNN has been Romney's biggest supporter. OK, OK. Second to FOX NEWs and Rush Limbaugh.

    October 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. Bruce Bryant

    What a question! Of course he will not run, Romney and Ryan will be running for their SECOND TERM.

    October 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. anothermuse

    Why do people, or more precisely, the press keep giving libertarians a chance at national office? They have some interesting talking points but their views, once you get past a few quotes are too extreme even in today's environment. It's a shame actually, if there were such a thing as a moderate libertarian it would be very attractive.

    They believe in self sufficency, less government and aren't wrapped up in polorizing social issues. That said, then the candidates (and some of their more, ummmm militiant followers) take it too far, making the tea party look tame.

    The country is center right on most issues, and center left of social issues. Been that way for generations. Why are there no candidates that represent this.

    October 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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