Sen. Paul thinking about '16 White House bid
November 20th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Paul thinking about '16 White House bid

Washington (CNN) - A candid Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he's interested in running for president in 2016.

"I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," said the Republican first term senator in an interview released Tuesday by ABC News.

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Paul is the son of retiring Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was the 1988 libertarian candidate for president, and who made bids in 2008 and 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination under the mantle of libertarian conservatism.

Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl if there's going to be another Paul for President campaign in 2016, the senator said "you know, I want to be part of the national debate. I think it's a little too soon to talk about who's going to run and who's not going to run, and to tell you the truth, I don't know what's going to come. Am I interested in thinking about that? Yes."

"Am I ready to make the decision now? No," added Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with strong support from tea party activists.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sorry Sen. Paul. But your views on the 1964 Civil Rights Act will not get you elected. But don't let your hopes down. It's always nice to dream.

    November 20, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. rico

    why on earth are we talking about the 2016 race ALREADY?!

    November 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I woo be too....o'hooo, I am not born in here.

    November 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Of course he is; that's the only reason his dad stayed in the race.

    Before anyone considers voting for this lying yahoo (check out how he handled his "accreditation" as an ophthalmologist), please tell us one nation that has prospered under his social and economic agenda.

    *crickets*

    P.S. Libertarians believe in freedom except for women having the right to choose what they do with their own bodies.

    November 20, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @rico: "why on earth are we talking about the 2016 race ALREADY?!"

    Anything to distract people from the FACT that all of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    November 20, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Does the first clown in the Republican Clown Car get to drive?

    They're going to do it again... They've learned nothing...

    November 20, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Oh pleeeease make it so. Nothing would make it easier for the democrats to retain the White House than this T-B nutjob

    November 20, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Crazy 2.0.

    November 20, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. cashmeremafia

    He's only been in the senate TWO years – jumping the gun a little there

    November 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Yonni

    Bush, Paul who else then may be another Romney?

    November 20, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Luke,AZ

    Amazing that people are talking about 2016 and the Republican party hasn't yet started to implode into several disparate groups. They are still in the bash Willard Romney phase. The Republican party is not big enough for the evangelicals, tea partiers,moderates and the ron paulies. Republicans as we know them are a thing of the past.

    November 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. kayla

    wishful thinking

    November 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. MrBeenThere

    Like Father Like Son....................... CRAZY.............................

    November 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    "with strong support from Tea Party activists"

    Bwa!

    November 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. ST

    Bless his heart! Does he think he can even finish the primaries?

    November 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. lolo

    Please throw your hat in the ring. You are a nutjob just like the rest of the GOP/TP KKK Klan

    November 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. John

    I don't think you should Mr Paul and this Is being nice.

    November 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Len

    Can we stop talking about the Presidential race for 2016! We are tired! Give it a rest CNN. President Obama won...let us support him and get things done! Please stop!!!

    November 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. just sayin

    don't bother rand. the mess you will inherit will not be fixable. total obama depression. democrats rioting in the streets when all their freebies don't arrive. very ugly.

    November 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    his dad would have gotten further IF he would have ran as an Independant – or as a Libertarian – instead of a Repub.

    November 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    Big Paulie had a shot. Lil' Paulie not so much.

    I think the only reason the nutjobs are running is because no sane republican would have a chance in the primary. Besides, republicans are now looking to add some "color" to the base. They are looking at MC Rubio. Maybe DJ Rand Paul can be his sidekick.

    November 20, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Good. Let him continue to demonstrate to the American People that the Republican Party no longer exists. The party has been assimillated by a host of right wing extremists, and Sen. Paul is a perfect example.

    November 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Getoverit

    @Larry in Houston
    his dad would have gotten further IF he would have ran as an Independant – or as a Libertarian – instead of a Repub.
    ---------------–
    Not true. He's way too smart. The liberal MSM would have buried him

    November 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. v_mag

    just sayin: "democrats rioting in the streets when all their freebies don't arrive. very ugly."
    ------
    Since the other wing nuts who posted here pre-slaughter have apparently dropped out (e.g., Four and the Door, Truth Hurts, myviewis), it's nice to see that 1 crazy still holds on and has not retreated into the bottle with W.

    In terms of freebies and rioting, it's likely that it will be the rich guys who get mad about not having their welfare checks (in the form of Bush tax cuts) sent to them. Democrats will be too busy working, as we always have. Repugnants will be looking for ways to get someone else working for them and then to rip them off. Take the Hostess thing for example. They say they're declaring bankruptcy, and then they pay their top execs $1.75M in bonuses. Pure welfare.

    November 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. mjw

    LOST CAUSE!!!! If the country could not tolerate Romney, Perry, Santorum and Newt, they sure will not tolertate this right wing lunatic. Plus if Hilary runs he is toast.

    November 20, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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