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. The Other Dale

    He should run ... far away ... back to his little dream world, where toilets are safe to use and people never, ever have to use hospitals even though they breath in coal dust and pollution from the smoke stacks of the business that can run themselves quite nicely without the big, bad USA (aka the American Public) being concern about them.

    Don't worry, if they won't let him, he'll fillibuster. That's all he knows how to do anyway. There's a good reason he's considered a joke in Washington.

    October 11, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. James

    I do not support any politician who is too far to the right or left. It is obvious to all that moderates make better leaders. If Paul Ryan does not kowtow to the tea party extremists if he is running in 2016, I can see myself supporting him.

    October 11, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Libglib

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

    Yeah, because why would we want someone for liberty when we can have a president who taxes everything that breathes like (unfortunately) my governor O'Malley?

    October 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. JBullets

    Makes perfect sense. Each cycle the GOP rolls out someone who makes the last psycho look normal by comparison.

    October 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. bill

    considering the moronic and idiotic characteristics of the GOP gene pool, I would certainly expect Rand Paul to run. He is as good as any other GOP fool who could run in 2016.

    October 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Seyedibar

    Third party? The Paul family is only a member of the Holy Bible Party. A position of real power for either father or son would set American society back 100 years, and I don't speak in hyperbole.

    October 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Bill, NY

    Anyone who has the opinion that businesses should be allowed to discriminate against anyone has no business running for the highest office of this nation.

    October 11, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Mr. Ryan

    Rand running would be a god-send to the GOP and to this country! Get the neocons out! Put liberty minded people in! No more senseless imperialistic wars!

    October 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Romney Un-Electible

    Just another clown who thinks he should be King.

    October 11, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What Rand Paul said to win in Kentucky worked in Kentucky and we all know why, but it won't work to win the other 49 States, we don't need his kind.

    October 11, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. SCOTO

    Perhaps one of the few Republican candidates who could make Palin look moderately intelligent

    October 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. good for us

    If Rand can carry his fathers philosophy, particularly on foreign policy, I would vote for him with no hesitation. however, If the GOP is still being run the same way it's being run now, his chances will be slimmer than a stick figure.

    October 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. randy

    I live in Louisville and this guy is a joke. Rednecks (Mitt Romney's 47% who will vote for him anyway) and bible beaters in the rest of the state put him and McConnell in. Glad I live in the Democractic island of Louisville here in the Bluegrass state

    October 11, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    Heavens--lets get 2012 out of the way first.

    October 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. @GuileOfTheGods

    PLEASE RUN!! PLEASE! I will pay your filing fee!

    I can just imagine the brilliant 2016 GOP field:
    Rand Paul
    Chris Christie (he counts as POTUS & VP since he's at least 2 people)
    Michelle Bachmann
    Bristol Palin
    Donald Trump
    Todd Akin

    October 11, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Strategic Bob

    Instead of running for President of the US, the younger Paul should do what he did when he did not want to comply with the certification requirements of the AMA recognized medical authority in his specialty and founded a new opthamology association to give himself accreditation. If he wants to be a President, he should found a new nation. Maybe there is some unclaimed land available on Aldebarran or some other planet in the alternate reality that he inhabits.

    October 11, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. MITTISABAGOFTAXCHEAT

    Ex-Governor Mitt Romney has been pictured in front of a John Deere tractor....trying to get the farm vote, seems like this was Hannity's idea. However when American job outsourcing, American Tax Evading, 47% of America Disregarding, Vietnam Draft Dodging, Mitt stands in front of an American Flag, it just highlights his UNAMERICAN PRACTICES.

    October 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. teeekay

    Oh Boy!!!!!!
    Is Allen West going to be his running mate?

    October 11, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Rosie

    This guy could win – the hearts and minds of the Tea Party
    – the whole country – NO.

    October 11, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Tex71

    The only way the Romney campaign – or indeed the entire GOP crop this election cycle – makes any sense at all is to front such a looneytoon bunch of rejects that even Rand Paul – a dead ringer for Adolf H!tler – would look sane by comparison.

    October 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Laurie in Spokane

    who cares if he runs or not? Really.

    October 11, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    Yes, he should run. Even though I don't agree one iota with any of his policies, it would be refreshing to see a Republican contender who actually has a stance, rather than one who Etches and Sketches every other second.

    October 11, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. T J

    I watched Rand Paul during the 2010 elections and was not impressed at all. He was pandering to those Tea parties fools. He is nothing like his father.

    October 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. David B

    This guy has not proven himself yet. He is snide, cynical , and has a big EGO. Howeverphilosophy alone does not make a good leader. He is very partisan. Until he can demonstrate that he is for all people ad can demonstrate statesmenship, he will never get my vote.

    October 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Ken in MD

    Will he run? Probably. And he'll finish somewhere around where Herman Cain and Rick Perry did.

    October 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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