Paul to make White House decision in 2014
February 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul to make White House decision in 2014

(CNN) – While Sen. Rand Paul has expressed interest in a potential White House bid, the libertarian-leaning Republican said Sunday he won't make that call until next year.

"We won't make a decision until 2014, but I think I do want the party to become a national party again and not lose sight of how we grow as a party," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "So I will continue in that vein for a couple of years and then we'll decide."

Paul gave the tea party response to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday and criticized both Republicans and Democrats. He also called on those in his own party to better embrace proposals for overhauling immigration policy.

The Kentucky senator has been known to butt heads with the GOP at times and cautioned after the 2012 elections that the party was "in danger of becoming a dinosaur," citing a lack of inclusiveness.

"We need a new type of Republican (Party), I think, one that involves some of the ideas of libertarian-leaning Republicans and people who agree in a less aggressive foreign policy," Paul told CNN's Brooke Baldwin in November.

Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with strong tea party support, has already taken steps that signal a presidential bid may be in the cards. He visited Israel in January, agreed to speak at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference next month, and even took shots at another potential Republican White House hopeful, Gov. Chris Christie.

Asked Sunday if he would run to largely make his views heard - a similar approach to that taken by his father, three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul - the senator said if he runs, he's going for the goal.

"I would absolutely not run unless it were to win," he said.


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. ChrisG

    Rand Paul is a TP Joke. No way in hell will he ever be President of the U.S.

    February 17, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan, Rubio, and Paul. It is not a very inspiring field of potential presidential candidates to go along with the new Republican message of new ideas. Same old candidates with the same old ideas of trickle down economics...make the rich wealthier and the crumbs will trickle down to the 99%.

    February 17, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Dennis Freeman

    I'm so excited I can hardly wait – zzzzzzzzz

    February 17, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. anonoymous

    Dont waste your time or money...we the people dont want you!

    February 17, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Anthony in California

    So since the republicans have been getting their @sses handed to them, Paul is too chicken sh!t to throw his hat in the mix this early, and wants to wait till the Party is seen in a more favorable light?

    Might be waiting till 2020 there buddy... or grow a pair and tell Americans what you have to offer NOW, and just come to the realization that Americans DONT want what YOU or your PARTY is offering.

    February 17, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Please run , we can call you King Paul

    February 17, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    He made his decision a long time ago. The giveaway? His father staying in the 2012 race, despite everyone knowing he had a snowball's chance of getting the Repub nomination.

    To all you supporters of Rand Paul and his philosophies, please show me ONE example in history where those philosophies have created the kind of civil, economically prosperous society he professes.

    And you can't count the United States, because the unprecedented expansion of economic activity we enjoyed starting with FDR (and slowed starting with Reagan) were the result of DEMOCRATIC economic policies, not the dog-eat-dog free-for-all Rand Paul preaches.

    February 17, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Leroy

    Memo to Sen. Paul: Our next President will be addressed as "Madam President".

    February 17, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Tf

    While I brand myself as a Linertarian first, I would under no circumstance support a Libertarian candidate who supports and defends Republican moral ideals. Rand has a long way to go to prove that he wouldn't force his moral compass on the country. This includes gay marriage, women's choice, and other scientific issues.

    The current brand of Libertarian still thinks its a good idea to leave issues of liberty up to the states, a notion I whole-heartlessly reject.

    If the Republicans want any chance of winning, they will abandon the idea that their morals are the only way to live and do just what Rand suggests and become more inclusive.

    February 17, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Borderless

    Um...no. There's your decision, Rand.

    February 17, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. kit8

    Rand Paul said on "Fox News Sunday." .... Poticians who appear on Fox News will never be taken seriously about anything as Fox News is not a News organization but a "Very Far Right Wing Views" organization. Mr Pual don't bother running for President you will never win.

    February 17, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    We can all make it for him right now – he would be laughed off the stage. The nation and even his own Republican Party are sick and tired of these extremists who obstruct, make anti-women statements, scream "Constitution" all the time but seem to know nothing about what is in it besides the 2nd amendment, and are so full of hate and bigotry they have lost sight of what governing means. Go home Rand and take McConnell – the king of 386 filibusters with you.

    February 17, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. rs

    No need Mr. Paul. The TEA Party will certainly be gone by 2014, if not the whole GOP. I'd rely on "entrepreneurialism" if I were you because they'll be no job in government for hacks like you after this week.

    February 17, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. teapartydying

    sadly not a single person cares. scheduled to be a wash up just like his dad.

    February 17, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. M-W-T

    PLEASE....PLEASE.....PLEASE RUN!
    and let AMERICA show you the door,
    you can't even win in the primaries
    I'm willing to bet he can't even win his own state........any takers???.......didn't think so

    February 17, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Proud Independent !

    We the people have already made the decision for him ! No way , No how ! Sorry little Randy but you are a perpetual loser just like your Father was ! Did you even make a speech the other day ? I can't tell that you made a speech at alll because Rubio's water bottle got more media coverage than your speech did !

    February 17, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Dude in Colorado

    Just curious... How many people think the GOP will run a candidate for president, and the Tea Party, dissatisfied with the choice, will run their own candidate? We're already seeing the cracks forming between them – two responses to the SOTU?

    February 17, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Dan5404

    2016 presidential run? Please, please Mr. Paul, do your best to find enough Republicans who will buy your radical rhetoric to become the nominee. We Democrats would be delighted to be guaranteed another decisive win.

    February 17, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Oh well...

    This is a doosie!

    February 17, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. HenryB

    Oh Rand, please run. PLEASE RUN. You are our hero, please run. You can do it, please run. I will do everything I can to help.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha you libs. Can't wait until Hillary, oops, Rand wins.

    February 17, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. roro

    Oh, God, no. He is kidding himself if he thinks that with his radical ravings and disrespectful tirades that the citizens of this country would want him for president. Just the thought of it is frightening.

    February 17, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. hi

    I don't think the GOP would be doing itself any favors by nominating someone who was named after Ayn Rand.

    February 17, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    I can make it for you right now,forget about it !!!!!!!

    February 17, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Chuck

    I hope he likes losing

    February 17, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Josh

    A less aggressive foreign policy? More inclusiveness? If Obama had said that he would have immediately been accused of endangering America and promoting class warfare....let us not forget that Paul also said that the civil rights bill was wrong.

    February 18, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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