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. ja

    he will pay someone millions to say this, it is free you don't stand a chance in hell of wining the nomination no to mention the presidency

    February 18, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. joejeffrey

    Paul's public statements on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 tell you everything you need to know about him. He said he opposed it, and then when running for Senator, BSed his way around his own words to avoid taking the heat he deserved. So we know 1) He's a private-property fanatic, who thinks private property trumps all other moral principles. He thinks it's find to post "Whites only" signs on restaurants and motels. 2) He's a hypocrite, who lies about what he believes when it's convenient.

    February 18, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. M-W-T

    I'm an Independent, an after the last election, it's going to be a very long time before I TRUST or VOTE for a republican or NUT JOB like Paul.
    Voters today know and have access to everything candidates say or do, THEY can't lie to us anymore
    Ron Paul is not the answer for America

    February 18, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Hogan's Goat

    This is the craziest man in American politics. He makes Herman Cain seem calm and reasonable by comparison. And despite being named for Ayn Rand, who apparently thought being an atheist gave her a duty to be cruel to those less fortunate, he is a shining star of the GOP.
    Anarchists for President? Whoa.

    February 18, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. rosaadriana

    How is this news? Joe Blow is going to make white house decision some day in the distant future.... Serioulsy? Just let us know when a decision is made. That will be news.

    February 18, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. NgauHuPhart

    Oh, boy! Another perpetual leaker to seek the the Presidency. Sort of in the mold of Lyndon LaRouche, or – RON Paul.

    February 18, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. MeanOldMan

    He's waiting to see how good of a job the state republicans do at fixing the elections before he makes his decision.

    February 18, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. JeffersonLives

    Rand Paul would make a fantastic President, one I hope America gets to experience. I have never seen so much demogaugory as I have seen here when it comes to the Paul family...good heavens, these guys are doctors who often do pro-bono work for those in need but that's not good enough for the lefties who pretty much just hate on anyone that's not Obama or have a "D" next to their name.

    And what's with all the name calling? Are you all in like 5th grade...grow up. If you all don't like him, then explain why in an intelligent fashion. I suppose name calling is the best you all can do, and I suppose you're all scared out of your minds that Rand Paul might actually win...I am pretty sure he will be a major contender. He has a powerful support base driving him..and I know that things like freedom, constitutions, rules, leaving people alone, responsiblilty, and peace, (instead of endless war)..I know these all scare you, but the tide is turning and the ideas of liberty are reaching critical mass and cannot be stopped by you or any government, media, or army.

    That's right, the Libertarians are coming to take over your government....and then the worst part of it is this: We will take over and then......leave you alone. Oh the horror :D

    February 18, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Realityblowz

    By the time that the next election rolls around, this country will be in such a total disarray, that nobody will want the job.

    February 18, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Gator

    His running will only cost the GOP another election, since whether he gets the nomination or not, his running will drag the party further to the right and further away from most americans.

    February 18, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Be Sane

    Oh pleeeeeeeeeeesssseeeeee

    February 18, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Reject the Paul dynasty.

    February 18, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. ghostriter

    Jefferson, Ron Paul is whacked out of his mind. He was calling for a complete withdrawl from all foreign engagements. While I'm all for it, it's not the move. Some of his (and libertarians) ideas are just out there. We cannot just leave folks to their own devices. We as a scoiety decide what we should and shouldn't do.

    We don't live in a simple world where everything is black and white. Simplistic ideals don't work in the real, complex world we live in.

    And Rand? At least Ron was resolute till this last election. With them getting behind Romney, they sold their souls as far as I'm concerned. Anything to beat Obama....even if it means supporting someone you idealistically disagree with.

    February 18, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Gail

    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.
    ****************************************
    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.
    **************************************************************************************************************************
    Well, at least we know this about Sen. Paul if in fact it's true, unlike our Harvard grad 'Failure in Chief' who refuses to release his transcripts. Oh, 'The Real Thomas Paine', that's 'dignified' not "dignified".

    February 18, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. manyote

    If the GOtP could nominate Romney, this nutcase could very well be their next nominee.

    February 18, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. MBSeattle

    Family Business. No profit for the country

    February 18, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Filthburger

    Like he would stand a chance against Hilary or Christie. I could respect either one of them, but Paul? The guy is a slab of rotten meat.

    February 18, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Larry L

    @Jefferson Lives
    ≠=====
    Paul would make a perfectly horrible President. In an interconnected and complex world the last think we need is an isolationist with a history of bigotry and xenophobia. Like all Libertarians, Paul proposes overly simplified solutions for highly complex problems. He appeals to naive, unsophisticated voters who are unwilling or unable to face the entirety of America's challenges.

    February 18, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. skitownrefugee

    Well Alright !! The first Republican clown is putting on makeup and getting ready for his few months of fame under the big top. I can't wait to see what kind of lineup they'll put out there this time after the circus they put on for 2012.

    This guy would do well to put off his anouncement about 2016 until 2017 and spare us another sideshow of freaks.

    February 18, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "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,"

    Translation from doublespeak to English:
    The new type of Republican party is one that supports his ideas and revolves around the Libertarian party.....
    What ever happened to that Libertarian party?
    Is it another tea drinking front for the Koch brothers?

    February 18, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. George Washington

    "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,"

    Translation from doublespeak to English:
    The new type of Republican party is one that supports his ideas and revolves around the Libertarian party.....
    What ever happened to that Libertarian party?
    Is it another tea drinking front for the Koch brothers?

    February 18, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    A year and some odd months to decide whether to get beaten like a rented mule by Hillary,... hmmm,... tough decision, I know,...

    February 18, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Simm

    Why do they keep referring to him as libertarian leaning? He's more of a neo-con and not close to libertarian. That is being said either to try and throw a bone to libertarians, which he is nothing like or an attempt by the media to knock libertarians. Rand Paul and Gary Johnson are not similar people.

    February 18, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. M-W-T

    I'm an Independent, an after the last election, it's going to be a very long time before I TRUST or VOTE for a republican or NUT JOB like Paul.
    Voters today know and have access to everything candidates say or do, THEY can't lie to us anymore
    Rand
    Paul is not the answer for America

    February 18, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Michael in Houston

    Dude....I think by the time the next general election cycle gets underway, the GOP will be looking for a candidate who can actually win a general election. You are the last thing the GOP needs right now

    February 18, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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