Rand Paul ‘Very Seriously’ Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid

Sen. Rand Paul is in the midst of his 15 minutes of nonstop-coverage-fame in light of his filibuster, so naturally there was only one question left to ask: How about a 2016 bid for the White House? Paul told POLITICO he’s “very seriously” considering it.

“We’re looking at it very seriously,” he said. “I think our party needs something new, fresh and different.”

Which is not to insult the candidates who have been running, Paul said. But “we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.” The goal now is to have a broader reach.

“We have to figure out how to appeal to the West Coast, New England, around the Great Lakes area. We need to figure out how to appeal to the blue-collar voters that voted. That were Democrats that voted for Reagan that I think are drifting back because they see us as the party of the wealthy,” he continued.

Asked about his father’s approach to presidential runs, Paul said there can be a middle ground between “pure libertarianism” and “traditional conservatism.” The senator said he wanted to play a role in helping the GOP become a national party, as opposed to a regional party, “which I think we’re in danger of becoming.” In terms of a presidential run, Paul said his family’s willingness to endure the spotlight and not-always-fair media.


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