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.


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. asdf

    Rand Paul is one of the genuine good guys in politics. He understands that main thing that America has lost. That people ought to be charitable with both their money and their time, but it ought to be PRIVATE, with no federal role whatsoever. Otherwise, a rope offered to help pull up a fallen countryman can quickly turn into a slaver's whip.

    October 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. ExRepublican

    He want win.

    October 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. JG-Texas

    Apparently he's written off a Romney win, lol

    October 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Mark

    I'd vote for this guy. He's definitely not the usual politician. This guy tells the truth.

    October 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    He will likely take up his father's role, as the Libertarian in GOP clothing.

    October 11, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. 4moreyears

    LOL this is a joke these people are already looking for their own interest for 2016. Damn can 2012 get here first.

    October 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Ellen

    I'd really have to look at where he stands on some issues. He is certainly not his father, unfortunately. He tends to be more in line with today's Republican party than Ron Paul. I could see the possibility of him getting my vote in 2016, but I'm still more likely to support the Libertarian candidate.

    October 11, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Alger Dave

    I hope Rand doesn't run. Unless you like legalized drugs, al-Queda just off-shore and an anything goes mentality about social issues, you shouldn't vote for a libertarian like Rand. He may be a nice guy who thinks that all folks will do the right thing when we drop most social laws, but he's living in a fools paradise that doesn't exist elsewhere. The kind of changes he and his dad have espoused over the years would lift the lid off the social liberals and tear our country apart. That's not what their intentions are, I realize that – but it is in fact what would happen. It took the communists 70 years in Russia to figure out that people are self-serving to their core – let's not make that same mistake again by electing or even encouraging libertarians.

    October 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. CBR

    Is this really a news story? How ridiculous can people be to start speculating about 2016 before the election for 2012 even happens. This is what is wrong with the media today. Everyone wants a byline even if the topic is not relevant.

    October 11, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. banditb17

    He won't because Romney/Ryan will be in a bid for re-election.

    October 11, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Justin

    I guess he will have to challenge Romney in 2016.

    October 11, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Alex in NJ

    We can only hope he runs. And Alger Dave, I certainly hope you're voting Democrat, because you sure as hell don't support limited government with that attitude.

    October 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. jeff

    What a sad state we are in, when following our founding documents is considered "extreme".

    October 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. stagger72

    How can he run when he already Rand? Already Rand! Helloooo.... ehh.

    October 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will easily PWN Rand Paul. She is going to be President in 2016.

    October 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Johnny Stop

    I am a moderate libertarian who could vote for Rand Paul next cycle. I'll stick with Obama this time.

    October 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. MNTaxpyer

    Not unless the 1% want him to. Just remember the 2012 primaries and look who the GOP wound up with.

    October 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Angela Lee

    God, I hope not! I don't like him being one of my two (horrible) senators as it is.

    October 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Sorensen

    Does anybody give a flying swordfish?

    October 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. DMonte

    Obviously, this is why neither him nor his father will endorse Gov. Gary Johnson for President, (even after Gary endorsed Paul in 2008). If they won't come out and endorse the Libertarian candidate, but aren't going to vote for Mitt/Barak, its pretty obvious they are trying to stay within the limits of the GOP.

    October 11, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. chris

    Well, for so many people who seem to know enough about these things to comment I am disappointed. The fact is the adds are for awareness to a bill he proposed but many of the senators voted against. Next, since the GOP turned there back on a huge constituent portion of there base, they have basically split in two, Neo-cons (RINO'S) and actual Conservatives/Libertarian base. While Rand dose differ on a lot that his dad believes, he is still a leading voice for liberty. Now Rand has to back Romney for the party sake, for If he runs later he will need there backing too. Sorry, that's how it works, the GOP shot themselves in the foot this year, and good thing too, so if Romney loses they have a winner next election that works on both bases. Good strategy.

    October 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Larry L

    Republicans need to worry. Rand Paul really does represent a good piece of the GOP base – the anarchists who want overly simplified solutions to very complex problems. That under-educated, bigoted, white, Evangelical voter is the most reliable and consistent right-wing demography. But it's shrinking each year – the reason Romney is running as the ultimate flip-flopper. He was "severely conservative" in the primary but now he's a "progressive". It helps to be a pathological liar.

    October 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Larry L

    @Alex in NJ

    We can only hope he runs. And Alger Dave, I certainly hope you're voting Democrat, because you sure as hell don't support limited government with that attitude.
    -------------------------------------------------
    When have Republicans actually reduced the size of government? Don't bother saying Ronald Reagan – he put us deeply in debt with his reckless defense spending – trying to "kill" and already dying Soviet Union. How is the Republican's position on abortion, gay rights, torture, wire-tapping, subsidies to big oil, voter suppression, gerrymandering, and tax loopholes for corporations "limited government"?

    October 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Publius Novus

    Go for it Mr. Paul. You will open a clear path of victory for Martin O'Malley or Hillary Clinton.

    October 11, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Seyedibar

    This guy is crazier, more racist, and more superstitious than his oddball father. There's no way we'll ever let any of the fundamentalist Paul's near the White House. His platform for states rights is nothing more than a disguise to push dangerous religious legislature that would never pass by the federal legal beagles.

    October 11, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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