Paul to make White House decision in 2014
February 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
1 year 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. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Another silly little GOP/TeaPer egotist who thinks others have the same very high opinion of him as he has of himself.

    February 18, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. maggie

    It is hard enough to picture him as president; I'm just as frightened of his prospect as a physician.

    February 18, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. barry o.

    I bet most of the anti-Paul people on this message board don't know Paul's stance on the issues or why. The see "Republican" next to his name and automatically begin the child-like insults. Paul votes on principle, not for corruption.

    February 18, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Rosslaw

    Pllleeeaaassseee run-pllleeeaassse. But has he asked the Kocks' permission?

    February 18, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. jnpa

    I was hoping he would run. He is worse than Romney, so that would ensure a win for any democrat who would run against him!

    February 18, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Kathy0715

    maggie: "I'm just as frightened of his prospect as a physician." He is not a very good physician. He couldn't pass the Board Certification in Ophthalmology so he started his own "board" and advertises as being "board certified". What a crock.

    February 18, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Zanzar

    I just wish the GOPee Party could find a Humanoid!

    February 18, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Don

    Kathy0715

    maggie: "I'm just as frightened of his prospect as a physician." He is not a very good physician. He couldn't pass the Board Certification in Ophthalmology so he started his own "board" and advertises as being "board certified". What a crock.
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    A complete lie!

    February 18, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. PatheticCNN

    CNN Anchors will destroy his campaign before it will even take off.

    February 18, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Kathy0715

    Don

    Rand started his own "board", The National Board of Ophthalmology because he didn't think it was fair that the American Board of Ophthalmology because he didn't want to have to be re-certified every ten years. He is passing himself off as "Board Certified" but he is not. That, sir, is a Complete Lie.

    February 18, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. James Bond

    Do these fools really think his opinions are inline with even a small minority?

    February 18, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. ThemovieFan

    Great. Now we could have borish Libertarians spewing "What about Rand Paul?"

    February 18, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Kathy0715

    Don

    Rand started his own "board", The National Board of Ophthalmology because he didn't think it was fair that the American Board of Ophthalmology because he didn't want to have to be re-certified every ten years. He is passing himself off as "Board Certified" but he is not. That, sir, is a Complete Lie.
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    Re-certification in the medical profession ensures that surgeons have kept themselves up-to-date: I know this because my brother-in-law has had to pass the same certification exams every 10 years, the same one that Rand Paul failed numerous times before going for an alternative certification. Its little wonder he entered politics since medicine was obviously a dead end, with an inferior certification that would limit where he could practice. Dr. Aqua Buddha does not have a dignifed ring to it, anyway.

    February 18, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. The REAL TRUTH...

    @barry o. – The see "Republican" next to his name and automatically begin the child-like insults. Paul votes on principle, not for corruption.
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    So are you implying that the Republicans vote for corruption, but Paul does not ??

    February 18, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Lefty Jones

    Please run Rand!! That would ensure us of having another 4, or hopefully 8, years of having a Democrat in office. It would be so nice to have more of the crazy "I-hate-Math-Science-and-Facts" people running so we can keep the country shaded blue. Go Rand!

    February 18, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Thomas

    Rand Paul / Marco Rubio

    Aqua Buddha Buddy's 2016

    February 18, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. just_a_moderate

    How does he put together a coalition of libertarian-leaning Republicans coming from the anything-but-libertarian Tealiban?

    In the next two years, can the TEA Party truly grow up and quit seeing everything as a DOMA or Planned Parenthood issue?

    February 18, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. steve

    I hope he runs. Will greatly add to the entertainment value ;)

    February 18, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. kevin

    Please run! Divide the GOP further! Then we can get down to real business!

    February 18, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Save the Rich, Vote GOP

    If he runs and loses, will he establish his own Presidency as he did with his own Board to "certify" him?

    February 18, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. kevin

    Carl Rove will crush him before he gets to the gate.

    February 18, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Greg in Arkansas

    He's young, and if he starts now, he can beat his old man's record and be a 5 time presidential campaign loser.

    February 18, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. MaryM

    lol, please do run Rand Paul. Please do. The clown car continues

    February 18, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. sonny chapman

    George W. Bush-2014 Model. New, but not improved.

    February 18, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Babyboomer

    Honestly, who cares. He will never get elected in the U.S. His views are not even close to how the majority of Americans think or operate in the 21 century...

    February 18, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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