April 07, 2015

Rand Paul: "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government"

Rebel Staff

On his website today, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

"Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010," CNN reported, "Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream libertarianism -- dogged advocacy of civil liberties combined with an anti-interventionist foreign policy and general support for family values -- that he bets will create a coalition of younger voters and traditional Republicans to usher him into the White House."

Paul, 52, was an ophthalmologist before entering politics, and still performs pro-bono surgery for patients in Kentucky and elsewhere.

He is the son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, whose isolationist views on foreign policy make him a rarity in the GOP.

CNN reports that the younger Paul "has tried to make peace with national security Republicans, taking nuanced positions that try to shed an isolationist label while still showing his apprehension toward foreign intervention."

On domestic issues, Paul courted controversy by questioning aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act from a libertarian perspective, "especially provisions that place restrictions on private property."

On the other hand, Paul earned the ire of some libertarians when he endorsed "mainstream candidates who competed against libertarian opponents during last year's midterms."

After a formal announcement at a Louisville rally, Paul will embark on traditional early stops on the campaign trail, including New Hampshire and Iowa.

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commented 2015-04-08 10:53:54 -0400
If the best choice is measured by which one Obama dislikes the most, Scott Walker is a shooin! Daring to take on the unions goes 180 degrees against the socialist, Obama, making Walker my choice.
commented 2015-04-07 23:24:53 -0400
I’m afraid I don’t know too much about any of Republican potential candidates. But I’m sure any of them will be a hell of a lot better than anything the Democrats have to offer. (Hilary? Don’t think so). Let’s just hope and pray that there’s still a USA left to salvage by then.
commented 2015-04-07 21:08:17 -0400
Joan, I liked your post.
Isn’t Cruz( who I like otherwise),also mixed up about immigration from the south. The open border is something Canadians need to be worried about. I’m watching closely, but don’t know who I like yet. It’s still early.
I really like Ben Carson, but I think he shot himself in the foot, over some of his comments regarding no existence of a gay gene. I also think he is too inexperienced for foreign affairs. Too bad we can’t mix and match. Right now I just want a republican candidate who can win. I almost don’t care which one.
commented 2015-04-07 20:02:56 -0400
I can’t get excited about Rand Paul. I think he’s an isolationist. The world has become very hostile for The West, thanks to Obama. How can they repair that?
commented 2015-04-07 15:58:30 -0400
i was surprised he called out the radical muslim religion…
commented 2015-04-07 14:40:49 -0400
Rand Paul is needed to re-establish the U.S. as a great nation. I fear, though, that the controllers of all U.S. politics, the zionist jews, will not allow him to win.
commented 2015-04-07 14:05:38 -0400
Jason, the open borders, indiscriminate immigration thing is a deal breaker for me. I’m with Geert Wilders on that one, I’m afraid. And while China has done well with isolationism and granted, the gulf states are starting to take on some of that conflict, I’m not sure we want to get out entirely and let Russia lead with arms and China with commerce.
commented 2015-04-07 13:52:34 -0400
Best of luck, Mr Paul. Even if you do get elected, you’ll have to overcome the Bureaucracy — and they will stymie you at every turn, just as they have every other President who brought something forward they didn’t like…
commented 2015-04-07 13:39:42 -0400
I watched his speech , I as a libertarian agree with a lot of what he said, really loved the way he mentioned that the US should stop building bridges abroad and start building bridges at home. That any country that allows the burning of American flags won’t receive 1 red cent of foreign aid. A point that should be adopted by our own government. What are his chances to gain the WH, well I got my doubts we’re not quite grown up enough for true libertarian ideals
commented 2015-04-07 13:21:27 -0400
My only real issue with him is he is part of the open borders crowd. The Chamber of Commerce “give us cheap labour” crowd will love him.
commented 2015-04-07 13:20:35 -0400
In the words of the great Andrew Breitbart: “I don’t care who our candidate is. And I haven’t since the beginning of this… I will march behind whoever our candidate is, because if we don’t, we lose. There are two paths. One is America, and the other one is Occupy.”
commented 2015-04-07 13:18:07 -0400
freedom rebel that means that Ted Cruz must be extremely extremely high then that means that Ted Cruz and Randpaul should be the ones to do well.
commented 2015-04-07 12:56:03 -0400
Interesting views that will appeal to many. But to the majority? Enough to win the WH?