Is Paul running for president? Ask his wife
December 6th, 2013
03:10 PM ET
9 months ago

Is Paul running for president? Ask his wife

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul said he needs a heavy dose of political persuasion if he is to run for president in 2016.

Paul was asked about higher political aspirations on Friday. He said his wife owns both available votes in his family. “Both of them are ‘no’ votes right now,” he told the audience.

Paul was speaking at the Detroit Economic Club where he laid out a newly formulated economic plan to revitalize the city that is proceeding through largest municipal bankruptcy in the country's history.

Paul’s staff said he took his message to Detroit because he was in town to open a new Republican Party office there and because he thinks the city could be a model for other struggling areas around the country, including his home state of Kentucky.

But Paul has worked to strategically broaden his message beyond the Senate and his home state, which has added speculation to a possible presidential run.

The Detroit Economic Club is a fitting venue for a potential presidential candidate in the battleground state as it has “hosted every U.S. President since Richard Nixon,” its website says.

Paul proposed “Economic Freedom Zones” to “free up Detroit to bail themselves out.” He plans to introduce a bill on the economic zones in the Senate next week.

In his plan for parts of the country with unemployment at 1.5% higher than the national average, income taxes would be reduced to 5% and capital gains taxes would be eliminated. The payroll tax would also go down for both the employee and the employer, he said.

“The money would simply be left with its rightful owner,” Paul said.

Paul criticized the President Barack Obama for employing “traditional government stimulus” totaling $1 trillion during the recession that he said “hasn’t worked.”

After his speech, Paul was asked by an audience member about the auto bailout, a politically tricky topic for aspiring national Republicans. It is popular in Detroit and largely considered successful there.

While he hedged slightly by saying there are “debatable parts on both sides” of the issue, he said he would “prefer” a market-based approach opposed to “the direct bailout of any industry,” noting that that position “may not be popular in Detroit.”

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who had roots in Michigan, was pounded by the Obama campaign for not supporting the government bailout of the American auto industry. Romney lost the state.

Paul expanded beyond his economic plan to discuss the problems facing the Republican Party, saying it’s important to be more inclusive and embrace all types of people. He said the GOP needs more people with “tattoos” and “pony tails.”

He also said the Republican message can appeal to African-Americans, noting that only a small percentage of blacks supported Romney in 2012. According to CNN exit polls, Romney won 6% of the African-American vote last year.

“That’s not very good,” Paul said.

He said he could make inroads with minorities by talking about issues that directly and disproportionately have an impact on minority communities, including what he called the “out of control War on Drugs.”

Minority communities are “easy targets” for bad policies, Paul said, highlighting that Africa-Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for smoking marijuana. It’s not because “white kids in the suburbs” aren’t smoking pot, Paul said.


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  1. tom l

    Cue the "plagiarizing" comments here from the left. The best part is that they will make these comments while the Vice President of the United States (whom they love and adore) was busted for plagiarizing twice. Once in college (which I really don't care about because that was a very long time ago) and another time when he ran for president. But that's ok...IOIYAD

    December 6, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who cares enough to ask his wife?
    He is, has been and will remain a willfully ignorant GOP tool, available, for conspiracy theories, tv shows, fundraisers, and bar mitzvahs.

    December 6, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. CB FL

    I don't guess he uses that war on women at home.

    December 6, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    What a hero, that Rand Paul. He's wants to be known as the man who rebuilt and saved Detroit. I suppose that he has the approval of Michigan's Republican govenor to help out. I guess Kentucky must be doing fine under its' Democratic governor.

    December 6, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Please run Rand. The GOP needs a wealth redistributor, socialist, communist, Marxist, who will look out for rich people.

    December 6, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Donna

    Yes, it is a total family decision to run for President. If everybody isn't onboard with it, forget about it. And with the sleazy slimey leftists and their endless smear tactics and attacks, even on kids, it makes it essential for people to be ready to endure the slime barrage.

    December 6, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Rand Paul is a dope. Any Guns Over People tea potty plan will rob the poor and give to the rich.

    December 6, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Denise

    Run Rand run.....

    December 6, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    In his plan for parts of the country with unemployment at 1.5% higher than the national average, income taxes would be reduced to 5% and capital gains taxes would be eliminated. The payroll tax would also go down for both the employee and the employer, he said.
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    Oh boy. We're back to that ridiculously unfair argument of eliminating capital gains tax because of the risks the investor supposedly takes. That's complete nonsense, and horrifically unfair. Let's conduct an Einstein thought experiment. Hmm?

    Company A is ownd by Mr. Alpha, and his company sells widgets to its' customers. Company B is owned by Mr. Beta, and his company sells capital to its' customers. When Mr. Alpha pays himself, his salary is called earned income and is taxed at that rate. When Mr. Beta pays himself, his salary is called capital gains and is taxes at that rate. Does that sound fair to you?

    Let's proceed further. The right wing claims that Mr. Beta deserves to be taxed at a lower rate because he has put his own money at risk. The right wing's claim completely ignores the fact that Mr. Alpha INVESTED CAPITAL into manufacturing widgets. Mr. Alpha can be your average small business owner. While Mr. Beta is usually your multi-millionaire investor. Does any of this sound fair to you?

    December 6, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Parker

    I'm certain Rand will get a heavy dose of political persuasion. He gaze into his bathroom mirror and smartest politician in the world will tell him to run. I hope he does run. Listening to him in the debates beats any stand up comic almost every time. He has the ability to put most outrageous baseless arguments into run on sentences that contain the most number of inflammatory code words. If one really listens to what he says, this guys is one sly manipulative fast talking certifiable nut job. He missed his calling. Instead of being a doctor turned politician, he have just gone on the radio as a co-host with Rush. More Teathuglican nonsense.

    December 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. tom l

    @Tampa Tim

    "Please run Rand. The GOP needs a wealth redistributor, socialist, communist, Marxist, who will look out for rich people."

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    You have been trotting that line out a few times. I'd like you to elaborate. Are you saying that because he wants to drop tax rates down to extremely low levels that he is a socialist and a wealth redistributor? I'm confused. Please do explain a little bit further.

    December 6, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    He should. Take my advise, take Ted Cruz as running mate for vp. Here, heee, here,

    December 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Logictox

    We still have three more brutal years of deadlock in Washington before we can see who is next! We need a president that works for the people and not a party.

    December 6, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. okie

    Donna

    Yes, it is a total family decision to run for President. If everybody isn't onboard with it, forget about it. And with the sleazy slimey leftists and their endless smear tactics and attacks, even on kids, it makes it essential for people to be ready to endure the slime barrage.

    -------------------------------------------------

    Like the right didn't run an entire campaign claiming our current president is a muslim kenyan who has ties to al queda and the taliban right?

    Love the way you neve throw specifics out their with you're mindless drivel

    December 6, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Mrs. Paul is the smart one in the family. She knows her husband will lose big against Hillary.

    December 6, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. tom l

    @Rudy
    "What a hero, that Rand Paul. He's wants to be known as the man who rebuilt and saved Detroit. I suppose that he has the approval of Michigan's Republican govenor to help out. I guess Kentucky must be doing fine under its' Democratic governor."

    =====

    You've had some beauties lately and this ranks up there. So "Detroit" is a city. "Michigan" is a state. Detroit has a city council and a mayor that make the economic decisions for that city. The governor runs the entire state. Do you know who Keith Butler is? He is the only republican that has been elected to the Detroit City Council since WWII. Really? You're going to try to claim that a repub is the reason for Detroit's bankruptcy? Really??

    December 6, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    Yes, it is a total family decision to run for President. If everybody isn't onboard with it, forget about it. And with the sleazy slimey leftists and their endless smear tactics and attacks, even on kids, it makes it essential for people to be ready to endure the slime barrage.
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    Attacks on kids? Whose kids? What attacks are you talking about? Please, let us know who is guilty of this breach of protocol so that we can punish them politically. Can you do that for us, Donna?

    December 6, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    "You have been trotting that line out a few times. I'd like you to elaborate. Are you saying that because he wants to drop tax rates down to extremely low levels that he is a socialist and a wealth redistributor? I'm confused. Please do explain a little bit further."
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    No explanation is possible. It simply cannot be done. The barriers are too thick, just way too much to overcome. We've tried and failed every time.

    December 6, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    You've had some beauties lately and this ranks up there. So "Detroit" is a city. "Michigan" is a state. Detroit has a city council and a mayor that make the economic decisions for that city. The governor runs the entire state. Do you know who Keith Butler is? He is the only republican that has been elected to the Detroit City Council since WWII. Really? You're going to try to claim that a repub is the reason for Detroit's bankruptcy? Really??
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    Thanks, once again, for putting your obvious lack of knowledge of the facts on display for us, tom. I don't normally conduct classes but in your case I will make yet another special exception. Google " Michigan Interim Manager Detroit "

    December 6, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. tom l

    @Rudy
    ""You have been trotting that line out a few times. I'd like you to elaborate. Are you saying that because he wants to drop tax rates down to extremely low levels that he is a socialist and a wealth redistributor? I'm confused. Please do explain a little bit further."
    ------––
    No explanation is possible. It simply cannot be done. The barriers are too thick, just way too much to overcome. We've tried and failed every time."

    ======

    I'm really curious. Tell me how low to no taxes would equal wealth redistribution or communism or Marxism or socialism. Enlighten me. Because, to be honest, I think even Sniffit might find this to be the most inane comment of all time. Low or no taxes is the exact opposite of every one of those terms. Please teach me. I'm very confused by this statement and he has been making it over and over.

    December 6, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Jonathon Powelly

    Who care about recreational pot smoking? Leave it the the Republicans riding old worn out issues that the vast majority of voters no longer have concerns about. Really, can anyone see Rand Paul on the world stage? His greatest contribution to humanity was leaving the medical profession.

    December 6, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Whiskey Bumps

    Paul Ryan will be the Republican candidate for president in 2016.

    December 6, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    tom l

    Cue the "plagiarizing" comments here from the left. The best part is that they will make these comments while the Vice President of the United States (whom they love and adore) was busted for plagiarizing twice. Once in college (which I really don't care about because that was a very long time ago) and another time when he ran for president. But that's ok...IOIYAD

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually, it WASN'T okay when Joe Biden did it, and it cost him the chance to even RUN for President. However, your own words indicate that YOU'RE just peachy keen when a rethug does it. Who was it that said "'tis better to keep your mouth shut and be though a fool than to open it and remove all doubt"? Okay, now accuse me of being mean to you and thinking I'm "smarter and better" than you (your whiney accusations, babe) for calling you onto the carpet for your hypocrisy.

    December 6, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Donna

    Yes, it is a total family decision to run for President. If everybody isn't onboard with it, forget about it. And with the sleazy slimey leftists and their endless smear tactics and attacks, even on kids......

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That fat, drug addicted reichwing radio loudmouth slimeball is a "leftist"???? REALLY???!!! 'cause HE'S the ONLY hate-filled individual who has EVER attacked politician's children – both Chelsea Clinton AND the Obama children.

    December 6, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Excuse me, Tom. That should have been " Michigan Emergency Manager Detroit "

    December 6, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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