Paul to make White House decision in 2014
February 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
9 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."

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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. Bill,NY

    Great,then we can get Dred-Scott overturned, institute a national Jim Crow policy, dress our armed forces in hoods and sheets and bring back the plantation system. This is the man who believes that businesses should have the right to discriminate. The Pauls are Libertarians, and as such believe in the right to own other people. I cannot understand how they are getting a free pass on this.

    February 18, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Hogan's Goat

    " the Libertarians are coming to take over your government..." Libertarians don't BELIEVE in government. They have some sort of childlike faith that if they kill the government, another one won't rise to take its place. Most small children have never taken Political Science classes, though, and I'd recommend you guys try it. Libertarianism is one of those "in the bubble" philosophies like Communism that sound good on paper and fail when tried on humans. When you say "and then we'll leave you alone, you mean of course, AFTER you devalue our money, get rid of the police and firemen, put up WHITES ONLY signs at the mall, and close the county hospital, then you will retreat into your fortresses and wait for civilization to rebuild. I wish Heinlein had never thought you guys up, or taken a little more time with it.

    February 18, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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