Rand Paul has some ideas for Republicans
March 24th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
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Rand Paul has some ideas for Republicans

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday he doesn't think the United States fits into a left-right paradigm - and he has some ideas on how to make the Republican Party more appealing to voters.

"I think the Republican Party needs to find out how to be bigger, and I think I do bring some ideas to that. So I've talked to the Republican National Committee, the Republican National Committee chairman about things I think we need to do to be competitive," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I think some of those ideas are a more libertarian-Republican approach to things, and I think a lot of young people are attracted to that. And our party could grow if we accepted something maybe a little different than the cookie-cutter conservatives that we've put out in the past."

The GOP released a report Monday which included hundreds of recommendations aimed at improving perceptions of the party reception and appealing to specific demographic groups that voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in 2012.

It's not known what exactly Paul said to the RNC, but perhaps one of his ideas may be to run for president himself. The senator has said he wants to be part of the national debate but isn't sure if that means running for president or not.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Here's a start. Have Republicans start appearing on other channels and not just Fakes News. Of course, I'm not sure that it actually helps them to have more people hear and think about what they have to say...

    March 24, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Does the Republican Party really want to go there? From extreme far right conservatism to libertarian? It is a road taken leading to more election losses.

    March 24, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Yanni

    Until they found who they are and for what they stand for can the GOP take a leave of absent from governing for a while and allow somebody who has a clear plan to move us forward. I don't think the GOP know the purpose of power sharing. They are just like a timber/log on a highway that doesn't know what it is doing but it happen to be there to block traffic.

    March 24, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    We have been following the Liberal path for over 75 years now and yet the problems persist. Things are no better than the 1930's. It is time to re-visit the Constutition of which has been completely corrupted for too many years now.

    March 24, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. freedom

    The Constitution is the focal point from which all legislation and governing should come. Whatever you want to label that, it really doesn't matter. Abusing it – means abusing the citizens. That's why it exists – the founders knew there would be abuse. The presidents (past and present) cannot be allowed to govern without the Constitution as their beacon. We, the people, must hold them accountable.

    March 24, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Yanni

    @Ray E. (Georgia)
    Let me list how much we achieved since 1930's
    Government funded scientific research has transformed our life for the better, personal computing was a science fiction in the 1930s
    we built inter state highway
    we abolished segregation
    A women has a right to vote
    A women right to choose were accomplished
    we don't ban blacks from a restaurant or movie theater
    Our constitution didn't get corrupted since 1930s, but it was amended to accommodate all of the people in the USA etc

    March 24, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "Does the Republican Party really want to go there?"

    For a party that is already the laughingstock of America? They might just as well try the Libertarian route. It's not as if three quarters of TeaPers haven't yet begun to understand that, yes, they ARE being laughed at. Daily. Rand Paul will eventually bring to light to just how off the mark the GOP really is with their emotional outbursts and childish rhetoric. Paul is the epitome of what IS wrong with the Grand Old Party. Who better to highlight GOP dysfunction than Rand Paul?

    March 24, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. lottie

    the party of no does not know what they stand for or where they are going . Until the come up with policy that meets the modern age and find common ground with the public. They will not go anywhere. Their own report was right they are the party of old white guys with out dated ideas. Congress is just one example of how dysfunctional they are.

    March 24, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    here I is a good starting point for the simpletons in the GOP that insist on classifying all of life's problems into simple blak or white decisions.

    Never let what mortal men believe about mortal men's verbal legends, which were compiled by mortal men centuries later, and declared by mortal man to be the "word of God", has absolutely no relevance, to the stated equality rights of mortal men, as written by mortal men and declared to be The Constitution of the United States.

    Life is complicated, and not all answers are black or white, unless you invoke "the word of god" to judge others!

    March 24, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Pragmatic Man

    Rand, Rubio, Paul, and who can forget Palin. Let them all run and we will see yet another collapse of the GOP at the national level. Now at the state level, much work is needed to be done.

    March 24, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. bob, ny

    Learn the difference between TEAM and GANG! America needs Teamwork.

    March 24, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. buongiorno

    get over your selves the USA is corrupt and it didn't happen by it'self we all are responsible by our selfish actions and interests

    March 24, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. rs

    Rand Paul is funny. Really, Republicans adopting real-live Libertarianism? Sure, they'd have to give up their urges to micromanage every American woman's reproductive system. They would also have to divorce themselves from religion(s)- stuff they clearly are wedded to. Meanwhile allowing Civil Rights advances made in the last 50 years to expire; ending all environmental regulations; labor regulations; banking regulations and on and on.

    I think we can see were all that would lead.

    March 24, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    He's going to suggest legalizing Marijuana.

    March 24, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. rs

    " the party of no does not know what they stand for or where they are going . "

    That's because they don't stand for anything anymore except for obstruction to what the Democrats and the President want. Which would be possibly comical when the President adopts their positions (as in the ACA's "individual mandate") and the GOP turns itself inside out- like with McConnell filibustering his own bills.
    The GOP is in this unenviable position simply because they have nothing- nothing but cut-taxes and spend; and bend-over-backward for the rich. They HAVE to maintain those because without them they get no campaign funds. For everything else they are simply reactionaries.

    March 24, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Gerbalprison

    I've got a few ideas for the republican party. I'll share them to the highest bidder. Isn't that the way republicans operate?

    March 24, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. rs

    I live in Arizona- one of the reddest states in the union. You know what's really funny about our state? All the GOP leaders claim they adore the U.S. Constitution, yet year in and year out our state waste huge amounts of tax payer dollars defending un-constitutional laws- and losing.
    You realize what this means right? Just like the slick fundamentalist and their slack Bible, the GOP in AZ can whip open the Constitution and quote whatever they like. Just like the televangelist however, they have no real clue what in the world they are talking about- except they keep on diggin' for someway to restrict the vote, gerrymander districts, offer big bucks to special interests, cut education and generally act like the petty "don't do as I do, do what I say" TV pastors they seem to have modeled themselves after.
    This blather about returning to the "good ol' days" Constitutionally speaking is just as meaningless as trying to interpret the Bible (or the Constitution) literally- that's for the small brains in the crowd.

    March 24, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Name Uche Agonsi

    what is the repubs really desire...practise hate politics, protection of the rich alone, balanced budget for 10 years when China grows rapidly ,emesh in legal gridlocks on measures that brought them out of recession, re-inforce racism. America does not deserve these. The only repub who seems to recognise these undesirables is Sarah Pauline . She had several standing ovations in her speech at the last Repub conference . The party needs her for its reformations.....is

    March 24, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP has to divorce themselves from the social issues, which are all entirely religious based.

    They have to concentrate on fiscal issues, and leave the social issues be. Otherwise they lose. It is fine to be pro life. It Is NOT fine to try to legislate that viewpoint, and force women to accept children they do NOT want.

    It is fine to uphold heterosexual marriage as the more desirable family environment. It s NOT fine to deny the gay community, the right to choose their own partner. That is, in essence a denial of basic human rights.........something that smacks of dictatorship.

    It is fine to encourage religious beliefs. It is NOT fine to force those beliefs on others, who choose not to believe, by allowing religion to intrude in schools, and other governmental facilities.

    The GOP HAS to find, the reasonable path, on the social issues, and accept the fact, that even people in their own party, reject their positions, on social issues, especially WOMEN!

    The GOP has always had the strength of fiscal responsibility. They need to capitalize on THAT, and run the government well, and at the lowest possible cost........and stop trying to legislate their religious viewpoints, into laws........which makes them no better than IRAN!

    March 24, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Fallen Folic

    Here's the 411. This clown is no different that the rest of our oppressors. The politicians won't be satisfied until we all accept insects of all forms as a source of protein. Only after watching the populace eat bugs to subsist, will they be happy. Till then it's a steep slope headed toward the bottom.

    March 24, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Gary in Tampa

    If the GOP would drop the right-wing social conservative positions alone, they might get a few more voters who would like to see smaller government AND more presonal freedoms (marriage equality, legalize pot, etc.).

    If not, they will continue to accelerate as a party in decline as America is clearly moving towards a more socially progressive population.

    Get the hell out of the bedroom, stop trying to bring back Roe v. Wade, let gays marry if they want to, and THEN focus on smaller government and lower taxes and people will listen.

    March 24, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. king

    the only policy the repubs had since they took over the congress in 2010, is to go against anything Obama for, even if they were the ones that was first pushing it. such as mandated healthcare, cap and trade, and any policy that comes out of the mouth of obama. imagine the second worst colamity in history, that they themselves cause, and it was obstructionist feast with them. yah helped that the dems had the congress 2 years after the financial collapse or nothing would have been done to stave off American existence as a country.

    March 24, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. steward

    Here's a great idea for Senator Rand: Have Republican-minded Kentucky stand on its own two feet without getting handouts from Democratic-minded New Jersey. Right now – as mentioned by the Republican governor of NJ, Chris Christie – NJ gets less than 60 cents per dollar sent to the Federal Government. Conversely, Sen. Paul's state gets $1.70 for each dollar they send to the Federal Government. Let's lop off that 70 cents welfare that Kentucky is getting on each dollar first... then we can talk about other ways to save money.

    (Of the 21 states that get a dollar or less for each dollar sent to the Federal government, 17 voted Democratic in the Presidential election. Conversely, of the 29 states that, essentially, get Federalized state welfare from Federal handouts, 20 voted Republican in the Presidential election. Hypocrisy, anyone?)

    March 24, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Why is this guy " Aqua Buddha " relevant ?

    Another guy with Daddy Issues !

    March 24, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Jonquil

    Sorry, Rand, but you discredited yourself with your recent comments regarding marriage equality. I have a friend who identifies as Libertarian, who felt that your position was a betrayal of the freedom and constitutional rights you claim to support. And if you think that "young people" find the idea of Libertarian every-man-for-himself-ness, coupled with Republican social conservatism appealing, then you've got another thing coming.

    March 24, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |