Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: RAND PAUL -- I'M 'THINKING ABOUT' RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
Posted on 07/11/2013 4:12:12 PM PDT by markomalley
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he is contemplating a run for president in 2016 and that he will likely make an announcement on a decision shortly after the 2014 midterm congressional elections.
Weve been thinking about it, Paul said in a phone interview. And we will continue to think about it probably until after the 2014 elections. I havent made a decision, its a big decision you know with regard to family and the extensive travel thats involved with it. And then also just seeing where the country is going in the next year or two.
According to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey, Paul leads the pack of potential 2016 GOP candidates in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Pauls 18 percent in the poll leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christies 16 percent, 15 percent for former Vice Presidential candidate and House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), 14 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 11 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 6 percent for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 2 percent for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and 1 percent for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
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After reading this Karl Rove just hired 5 new opposition research technicians.
Wow, what a surprise. Not.
Rand was the only one I was sure was running. Even Marco Rubio is kind of hit-&-miss as to whether he’ll run after dumping his head in the RINO toilet.
Rand will run, and although I have a few problems with him, he would likely be a very good candidate.
Also, can anyone else believe Ryan and Krispy are getting these kinds of numbers? Makes me call BS on this poll.
It's PPP, what do you expect?
I’ve got major issues with Rand re: amnesty, but I haven’t heard of any Tancredos planning to run. I’m still not sure about his position on Israel, for example, but he’s certainly better than the GOP mush.
Of course he is. It’s the elite thing to do.
Bush, Bush, Dole, Bush, Bush, McCain, Romney
Christie would fit right in (one of the few places he’d fit into)
Yeah, and how is Jeb even getting any percentage points? Who would vote for freakin’ Jeb?!
I don’t trust Rand on amnesty. Only politician I trust right now is Cruz.
By the time the campaign season gets wound up, there will be fifteen others running with him.
PPP = Pretty Progressive Polling
Yeah I have problems with Libertarians in general on immigration, foreign policy and social issues. But I do think a Libertarian type could be an effective strategy to form coalitions and focus on at least economic aspects. So I would not rule out holding my nose and supporting a Libertarian. Certainly Rand Paul as compared to Hillary is a no brainer.
There may not be a USA by then. Premier Obumbo will be king for life in the USSA. Even if that is not the case, the America that I grew up and prospered in no longer exist, and it is not likely to recover, especially after another three years of the Obamination.
Rand needs a makeover on that hair. He ought to shave off that perm, let his normal hair grow back and then just get a normal haircut. Perms are kind of prissy and hard to take seriously, just sayin’.
In other words, he’s in.
And this surprises who?
As well he should—But he will never get the nod from the RINORepublicans who have selected Mitch McConell (sp?) to run as the Loser of 2016 (That or re-run John McCain). He should run on the new Freedom Party—Pick Cruz or Lee as VP.
I will HAPPILY line up to vote for Rand.
Yeah, but would he be a very good president? Candidates are a dime a dozen, good leaders are a rarity.
And I'm pretty sure he'd pull the plug on the NSA overreach.
Yes, I am talking about you, NSA. Kiss my ass.
Rand needs a makeover on that hair. He ought to shave off that perm, let his normal hair grow back and then just get a normal haircut. Perms are kind of prissy and hard to take seriously, just sayin.
That is natural curly hair.
Rand’s curly hair makes him look like a dentist which I think he is.
Interesting situation of Rand Paul and his longtime aide the “Southern Avenger” Jack Hunter who among other things has spoken positive of John Wilkes Booth. I don’t have a problem with this but this and similar situations with Rand is something he may have to be careful about.
I don’t think 2016 would be the year for Paul but maybe down the road.
No he is an opthamologist, a physician who operates and works with diseases of the eye.
I’ll pass on Rand since he is too much like his pops and hired The Southern Avenger. Not willing to cross the line that most Libertarian Paulers have where they support 9-11 conspiracies, Jew-bashing and socially progressive polices and also isolationist policies. I’ll stick with conservative principals. Rand is stuck trying to play both sides and that can create a bad situation. He won’t be able to appease everyone and that’s a big mess.
Yes, Paul needs to back off the amnesty talk real quick if he wants any conservative support.
He’s a demagogue, and the Republican version of David Duke.
Why doesn't somebody ever trot out all the people in the legal immigration waiting line and say look at all these minorities, elderly, etc. from other places than Mexico that cant get in because the Mexicans are cutting the line?
If you don't care about these people too you must be racist.
I mean if we want more immigrants lets do it the right way and increase the amount we let in and be fair.
libertopians are the enemy of conservatism every bit as much as leftists
amnesty will bankrupt us. No deal.
cannot win without SoCons. Nothing fiscally conservative about amnesty
I honestly don’t get where all this nonsense about Rand Paul comes from.
He voted against the amnesty bill and has been saying for years that he is against amnesty and against the path to citizenship. That alone makes him more conservative than the last 3 republican presidents, who were all pro amnesty and I assume everyone here voted for.
Then when I look at the posting history of the folks here bashing Paul I see that they are all Cruz supporters. Cruz is a self described libertarian and has been campaigning for Rand Paul everywhere he goes. His supporters would do well to listen to his CPAC speech this year and his speech at the faith an freedom coalition conference a few weeks ago. He talks more about Rand Paul than about himself.
The tea party will not be divided in the next election like it was in the last one. Everybody knows that if that happens again, the establishment candidate will win (again).
Front page news? Seriously? Like we couldn’t guess this?
Rand Paul recently endorsed Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, and said he would not back a Tea Party primary challenge to McConnell. Very disappointing that he would not be more help in getting one of the worst RINO’s out of the Senate. It makes me not trust him, he is already making compromise deals with the Republican establishment.
Will Mitt Romney be coordinating negative advertising strategy with him again?
Which Party is he running as this time?
Sorry about the last two posts, I misread it as Ron Paul. Still early morning here.
I posted this three days ago. Somebody just threw a FP News tag on it...and it went to the top of the queue.
I have no confidence that a physician with a short legislative career has the administrative experience to be President.
Ideology does not trump competence. Running your mouth, even if you’re right, is not enough qualification.
Haven’t we learned our lesson?
Yep. And he will likely wind up like his dad with the same results over and over and over again.
The Paul bashing is really over the top here. Rand Paul is one of the most conservative Senators we have. The lying about Paul positions really disgusts me. He and Sara Palin seem to bring out the worst in some people. Both are great articulate conservatives, maybe that is what drives the so called conservative here crazy. I’ll bet they just loved W, as he trampled all over the constitution, ruined the economy and totally messed up the middle east.
11 percent for Jebbie = Victory! But do they know he appointed Judge Debra Nelson?
You’d be surprised how many uninformed Republican primary voters are convinced that Jebbie is the one because the “third Bush is the charm.” They never learn, of course. Jebbie’s supporters are too busy making money to focus on political details anyway.
and this is news , how?
Sorry Paul but you being socially conservative, for the homosexual agenda and now illegals is over for me.