Bob Dole recently said that likely 2016 contenders Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and “extreme right-wing” Ted Cruz lack the experience to be able to run for president in two years. Paul did not call out Dole, but in Chicago Tuesday he indirectly responded to the former Republican presidential candidate, saying that sometimes a lack of Washington experience can be a good thing.
He said when people are stuck in Washington too long, they become “career politicians” who get “beaten down by the system and are so part of the system that they can’t see all the problems of the system.” Paul made it clear he never joined the Republican chorus of criticisms in 2008 that Barack Obama was too inexperienced to be president, because he thinks there’s something too be said for a fresh perspective in Washington.
“Maybe you can have too much (experience as well) in the sense that I think that over long periods of time, people lose their zeal for change in Washington and they become part of the system.”
And whatever else you could say about him, it’s hard to mistake Rand Paul for someone who’s become part of the system. So far.
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