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Following in his father’s footsteps, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has hinted that the door is at least open to exploring a 2016 presidential run.

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Report from Yahoo News:

Ron Paul supporters might want to think twice before throwing away their “Paul for President” signs. Though the frequent presidential candidate is retiring at the end of the year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he may follow in his father’s footsteps and run for president in 2016.

“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” Sen. Paul tells ABC’s Jonathan Karl about his presidential aspirations. While Paul is quick to add that he isn’t ready to make a decision about a presidential bid yet, he is not hesitant to say that the Republican Party needs a new message.

“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” says the senator.

Paul says there are ways the GOP can become more competitive in regions of the country that typically swing blue in national races, such as the West Coast and New England, while expanding its appeal among different groups of people, like Hispanics and young people.

“We’re getting an ever dwindling percent of the Hispanic vote,” Paul says. “We have to let people know, Hispanics in particular, we’re not putting you on a bus and shipping you home.” Paul emphasizes that border security is still his top priority but adds that he wouldn’t “rule out” a conditional path to citizenship for those who have been living in the United States illegally for an extended period of time.

Would Rand Paul satisfy the Ron Paul crowd enough to vote the GOP in 2016? My informal browsing of the comments section on this site tells me otherwise.

24 COMMENTS

  1. One can only hope, he is a true patriot and isn’t afraid to stand up against the far liberal left, and he doesn’t waver on his beliefs.

  2. Let’s get to issues:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/gop-plan-2016-pot-immigration-defense-cuts-115939587.html

    Rand says the GOP should not stand in the way of legalization of pot or gay marriage–as a state issue.

    On military spending, he played the politician’s game of saying “it’s very important” to him. At the same time, he hints (only hints) that cuts may be possible.

    He’s a much better politician than his dad. I wouldn’t say that’s a good thing.

  3. *I Dreamt of Free America* (a friend of mine that escaped the Soviet Block in 1968 asked me to post this for him):

    “I lived in a Communist Country that was totalitarian. In the morning I woke up to TV news that told me how great our Socialist Government was, then read the same in their newspapers, while waiting in line for bread. I was then 16 years old.

    My parents went to work before the break of dawn, and came home exhausted each day after 7pm. The meager dinners we had were the best of times — my parents taught me not to believe the lies the communists told, but to dream that there is a truly FREE COUNTRY called America, where we’ll all try to escape to someday!

    School I hated — it was six days a week back then — and all they taught us was how great our socialist leaders were, and how wonderful the world would be once Communism is achieved.

    Every other Sunday, my parents and I (just like all our neighbors) had to attend in a basement the local Commissar’s mandatory gathering. Here, all had to pledge allegiance to our Socialist Republic, and have us tell on neighbors and friends who might be an Enemy of the State. The Commissar always made a patriotic call that ANY CHILDREN, that have seen or heard, their parents say something against the State MUST report them, since that is how our country would be saved from internal foes.

    I’m sadden to recall that there were a few children that reported their own parents (these children did get an extra allowance of candy, AND THE RARE Chocolate bar…and we envied them, since Chocolate was an unheard of luxury back then), but next time we never saw their parents….

    But I loved my parents and respected them — and no Chocolate bar could ever replace them.

    We did escape in 1968 — and came to Freedom, the Greatest Country in the World back then, the USA!

    My parents died in the 1980’s, and I no longer mourn them — because I’m happy they did not live to see what this nation has become!”
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    “Right now our USA is no different than the communist country I escaped from over 40 years ago!

    Please, do not let my tale die with me.”

  4. This is insane! 2016 is 4 years away. The president isn’t a savior or a king. Doesn’t write legislation, doesn’t have control of a budget. There’s an election in 2014 to work on.

  5. Illegal Everything…in America!

    re: John Stossel (from FOX News)— spread this video like Wildfire, showing that nearly All our Liberties are GONE!
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    It is estimated that over 1/2 Billion Negative Laws, Rules and Regulations have been created by the Federal Government in the last 40 years.

    This number is STAGGERING — More NEGATIVE LAWS than there are Americans (counting all men, women and children in the USA) TELLING US WHAT WE CANNOT DO (thus negative laws) upon the THREAT Of GOVERNMENTAL PUNISHMENT!

    All these UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS are enforced by gun-totting UNIFORMS — if you have not run afoul of such, try selling Lemonade on our lawn…and see how many gun-toting Uniforms will come to shut you down by the threat of their guns they so proudly wear!
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    Some are awakening to the fact that Our Citizens have become the most government controlled peoples on this Planet today!

    These Few Enlightened Citizens, these Brave Patriots, these pure Souls in search of TRUE Justice and Liberty for All, have started petitions in all 50 States to Secede from the Federal Government that by its anti-Constitutional and anti-American ACTIVITIES has FORFEITED THE RIGHT to be called the USA.

    The goal of the Secession Petitions is not to break away from the Union, but to negate the Unconstitutional Powers that Washington, DC has usurped for their own anti-American interests, and return ALL States to the Original (Organic) US Constitution!

    It is shameful that the Main Stream Media, and their parroting, brainless shills, have such fear of the Truth, and are spreading false and silly accusations to this American Principle — Secession (if we did not Secede from Tyrannical England, we would not be called Americans)!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFfVeXhtRa0

  6. NEWS FLASH — “Texans going wild with ‘secession fever,’ bumper stickers everywhere”!

    See it on MSN.com — since link not allowed to post here.

    • Surfisher: You have too much faith in us.

      Here is the WRITTEN transcript:

      http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2030:how-to-end-the-tragedy-in-gaza&catid=64:2012-texas-straight-talk&Itemid=69

      And since I don’t expect people even to bother to go there, here’s an excerpt:

      It feels like 2009 all over again, [when] over 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13 of which 10 were combatants.

      “To me, I look at it [Gaza] like a concentration camp.”

      US foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in MORE loss of life and of security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy the threat of missiles from Gaza nor do the Palestinians enjoy their Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But. . .as long as the Palestinians feel the one-sided US presence lined up against them they will continue to resort to more and more deadly and desperate measures.

      . . .Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.

  7. Ron Paul, freed of the encumbrance of running for office, IS NOW DEVOTING HIS TIME to Educate the People (and especially the young generation that will be our Future in a few years) that the Rights of the Individual, the US Citizen, are NEVER to be transgressed upon by any Unconstitutional “Laws, Rules and Regulations” that may be enacted by ANYONE in Office!

    That Wars the White House starts without Congressional approval are not only Unconstitutional, but have bankrupted us! That our Money is funny paper printed by a Private, Never Audited, organization called the Federal Reserve Board, that is NOT part of the US Treasury Department (the only LAWFUL AGENCY ALLOWED BY THE US CONSTITUTION TO ISSUE VALID US Dollars)!

    And the list of our Citizens sufferings goes on!
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    Ron Paul will now have a greater impact in saving America then ever before! Expect great things from this Greatest American in the months to follow — and in the next few years — expect that HIS Liberty Movement will Finally END the Tyranny that the Centralized Federal Government has tried to impose on We, the People!

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    In this latest interview (11-30-2012), Ron Paul logically dissects the problems of our nation — and gives apodictic solutions to the Intentional Mess the Criminals that have taken Control of the US Government have plunged us into!

    Must watch 10 minutes video — spread it like Wildfire!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLtBWDLemUs&feature=plcp

  8. Ron Paul KO’s Shalom Bernanke (King Fed)

    Enjoy this priceless video — and spread it like wildfire!
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    Best moment.

    Ron: Is Gold money?
    Shalom: Aah… No.
    Ron: Than why central banks hold it (gold)?
    Shalom: Aah…it (gold) is called reserves.
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    LOL — If Gold is NOT money, then why should International and our Central Banks hold Gold in vaults, and not just throw it in a river…?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hepidgw-l1w

    • Surfisher:

      That’s interesting. When I think of “money,” I think of coins and dollars–something you can plunk down and immediately get exchange. I’ve always thought of gold as a commodity or collateral. While it has value, that value is always changing. And for most purposes, you can’t “plunk it down.” You have to exchange it for some kind of currency first.

      But I looked it up in the dictionary, and it said–
      “A medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values on the market, including among its forms a commodity such as gold. . .”

      So, technically, I guess gold is “money.”

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