Rand Paul explained on CNN this afternoon why he wants to be in the national discussion for 2016:
I want to be part of the national debate. I think my party, the Republican p arty is shrinking. We’re in danger of becoming a dinosaur. We’re not competitive on the West C oast. We’re not competitive in New England. We weren’t competitive around the Great Lakes. So we need a new type of Republican. I think that involves some of the ideas of libertarian-leaning Republicans, people who believe in a less aggressive foreign policy, people who believe that we’re not going to deport 12 million Hispanic folks.