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Santorum Dismisses Rand Paul: ‘The Republican Party Is Not a Libertarian Party’

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a penchant for dismissing the libertarian movement, and he made that once again on Monday evening when he dismissed the electoral prospects of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), telling CNN that the “Republican Party is not a libertarian party.”

Crossfire host Van Jones asked Santorum for his thoughts on the Kentucky senator, who is currently the “frontrunner” for the 2016 GOP: “Do you agree with his ideas, are you going to support Rand Paul?”

“There’s diversity in the Republican Party,” Santorum hesitated, but Jones pressed further: “Is he the new face of the Republican Party? Is this your leader?”

“Well, no, he’s not my leader, I can tell you that for sure,” the former senator scoffed. “His father and I had some disagreements during the last campaign.”

Jones then asked him outright: “If a libertarian like him becomes the leader of the Republican Party — gets the nomination — would you vote for them?”

“First off, I don’t think that will happen,” Santorum asserted, “because the Republican Party is not a libertarian party, it is a conservative party. And it will nominate a conservative, and not a libertarian.”

Santorum then went on to reassert his belief in “modestly” increasing the federal minimum wage.

Watch below, via CNN:

[h/t TheDC]
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