Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently said that the Republican brand “sucks,” even as he was on trail campaigning for multiple GOP candidates in the midterms. State of the Union host Candy Crowley asked him Sunday morning whether his attempted expansion of the party was aimed at improving the party or prepping himself for a presidential run.
“If I can get to young people and talk about the issues, Republicans have a chance,” Paul said. “But our brand is so broken we can’t even break through.”
Crowley asked whether Paul’s policy prescriptions, ranging from inner city reforms to voting rights, would be taken seriously if he wasn’t the party’s nominee in 2016.
“When things begin to resonate, others will emulate things,” Paul said. “It’s not just about me. I try to promote ideas so that the party will say, ‘You know, he is having success.’ …I think the fact that people invited me to thirty states because they thought I could help with undecided and independent votes mean other Republicans are recognizing the force of these ideas.”
“I won’t deny that it will have helped me,” Paul said of his efforts. “But whether I run or not, I do want the Republican Party to be bigger and more successful.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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