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Rand Paul: Voters Ready for libertarian Republican
POLITICO ^ | MANU RAJU

Posted on 02/17/2013 11:35:25 AM PST by JohnPDuncan

Sen. Rand Paul says he'll wait until 2014 to decide whether to run for president, but he believes voters are ready for a Libertarian-minded Republican candidate.

"I would absolutely not run unless it were to win," the Kentucky Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." "Points have been made, and we we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming — the Libertarian Republican narrative."

Voters want a "different face," he said.

In order to expand the party's reach, Paul believes the GOP should embrace candidates who are willing to push a less aggressive foreign policy, comprehensive immigration reform and less punitive measures on first offenders of nonviolent drug possession.

"We're doing fine in congressional seats, but we're becoming less and less of a national party," Paul said.

Paul has been making it clear for months that he's leaning toward a presidential run, but he added he won't make a final decision before next year.

In the interim, he said, he'll continue to make his points in the Senate, including over immigration. On the same program, Paul said he'll offer an amendment to the forthcoming bipartisan immigration bill that would require the Government Accountability Office to report annually whether the border is secure and force Congress to vote on those reports. That would occur before the 11 million illegal immigrants can achieve permanent residency, under Paul's plan.

"I do support the concept of telling the 11 million people here that if you want to work and you don't want to be on welfare, we're wiling to find a place for you in America," he said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: amnesty; anotheridiot; comprehensive; drugs; drugwar; immigration; immigrationreform; kook; likepapalikeson; paul; randpaul; stupidparty; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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To: Beagle8U
What they are ready for is a conservative that supports everything in the Republican platform

You mean bigger government, abortion, gays, illegal alien amnesty PLUS welfare for them, islam taught in school, gun grabs, drones over U.S.? Because that IS the republican platform.

61 posted on 02/17/2013 1:19:24 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: svcw
i don’t think Rand Paul is anti-military, he is anti national defense.

Well that's comforting.

62 posted on 02/17/2013 1:21:04 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: NFHale
Gov Walker / Allen West,

Rand Paul / Allen West

Allen West / Rand Paul

Allen West / Gov Walker

Any combination thereof is fine with me.

I like that list. I'd also vote for a Walker/Rand or Rand/Walker ticket.

63 posted on 02/17/2013 1:22:44 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SkyPilot

I’d favor cutting the budget by 0% but I would never ever vote for a liberdopian

The GOP can win without conservatives if they want to, I won’t mind


64 posted on 02/17/2013 1:23:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Damn straight! I live in WA and while this will likely make me unpopular with many here, I voted for both of those issues in this state. Rearranging the deck chairs, no matter how righteously a party does it, on this Titanic of an economy is a sure loser.

You want to reduce abortion? Try economic freedom. You want to re-make America back into a good and just society? Economic freedom gives us the choice, the incentive, AND the ability to do so. Losing elections by being on the wrong side of domestic issues of liberty are killing the right side of politics.


65 posted on 02/17/2013 1:25:07 PM PST by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Damn straight! I live in WA and while this will likely make me unpopular with many here, I voted for both of those issues in this state. Rearranging the deck chairs, no matter how righteously a party does it, on this Titanic of an economy is a sure loser.

You want to reduce abortion? Try economic freedom. You want to re-make America back into a good and just society? Economic freedom gives us the choice, the incentive, AND the ability to do so. Losing elections by being on the wrong side of domestic issues of liberty are killing the right side of politics.


66 posted on 02/17/2013 1:25:18 PM PST by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: GeronL

90%


67 posted on 02/17/2013 1:30:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

If the GOP decides to embrace degeneracy and ‘remake’ itself to include fag marriage, dope peddling, and open-borders... well, they can (and will) do without me ever voting for the their ticket again.


68 posted on 02/17/2013 1:38:12 PM PST by greene66
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To: SkyPilot; little jeremiah

Aside from the ‘promises made’ (they were not for gov’t to make to begin with....how be jives that w/ the Constitution, I’d love to hear) he’s got my vote so far.

He, like his dad, would actually DO the things he’s espousing. Sounds, though, like you’d like, yet another, GOPe foisted candidate to piss on your leg and tell you it’s raining? As long as they have the GOPe label (R) by their name?? Whom in the field would be better? Rubio? Cruz?

Get the gov’t back to its Constitutional roots, kill all laws/programs/regs that dont’ conform to the same THEN battle out the smaller mish-mash (aside from abortion, adoption, and a few others, which, IMHO, they are 180 off). They DO espouse controlling the border, especially when taking away the carrot (benefits) would negate the need (again, IMHO) for ‘comprehensive’ immigration/amnesty.


69 posted on 02/17/2013 1:38:33 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: JohnPDuncan
In order to expand the party's reach, Paul believes the GOP should embrace candidates who are willing to push a less aggressive foreign policy, comprehensive immigration reform and less punitive measures on first offenders of nonviolent drug possession.

Well, so much for Rand Paul.

70 posted on 02/17/2013 1:40:55 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: JohnPDuncan
"I do support the concept of telling the 11 million people here that if you want to work and you don't want to be on welfare, we're wiling to find a place for you in America," he said.

This is one of the reasons I loathe libertarianism, large L or small.

71 posted on 02/17/2013 1:42:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: i_robot73

If you think abortion is a trivial/small issue, then is there really anything to talk about?


72 posted on 02/17/2013 1:43:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: greene66

I agree, I’m about done with the GOPe as it is. This would be the death knell.

The GOPe wants to become the Libertarian Party? lol


73 posted on 02/17/2013 1:46:25 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Not even close! Scratch him off my list of conservatives. *sigh*


74 posted on 02/17/2013 1:47:00 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: i_robot73

How about this. A candidate with good character and a working moral compass, who understands the intent of the Constitution and thinks - and is determined - that gov. should abide by its tenets. Someone with determination, fighting spirit, of high personal morals, and isn’t afraid of anyone.

Catering to illegals is a huge ho no.

Ron Paul is vile, despicable and a barking mad duplicitous idiot. So your praise of him shows me what you’re made of.

I loathe the insider/elitist/corrup/coporate GOP as much as if not more than anyone on FR or in the whole world, actually. Loathing the insane anarchist kook LP doesn’t make one a GOP follower.


75 posted on 02/17/2013 1:47:48 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: SkyPilot

You seem to be confusing Rand Paul with his father. He’s not a neoconservative, which is a good thing, but he’s a far cry from his pacifist father on foreign policy.


76 posted on 02/17/2013 1:49:35 PM PST by ek_hornbeck
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To: little jeremiah

Really? And exactly how are the GOP(e) handling the issue? Oh, shit, they want to give ‘em welfare and voting rights too?! Damn, those (L) sure are the worst.

Tell me, what’s the GOP(e), who actually are the majority in the House, done to roll back the Liberal tide? Any ‘ace in the hole’ they’ve used to further the ideals? How about the last time the Constitution was brought up in a debate (aside from using it to argue against holding their own paychecks)? Anything??

Think everyone here bashing the (L), or even (l) leaning, should figure just where the problem lies, ‘cuz it isn’t the (L/l) that have been back-stabbing and selling you out.


77 posted on 02/17/2013 1:52:32 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: GeronL

“My opponents call me libertarian but I’m pro-life” - Rand Paul, Feb 2011.


78 posted on 02/17/2013 1:55:52 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

see: thread headline


79 posted on 02/17/2013 1:58:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: i_robot73

Like his dad?
His dad accomplished nothing during his time in the house.


80 posted on 02/17/2013 1:59:14 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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