Asked whether there’s room for a presidential candidate with his seemingly unorthodox political views, Kentucky senator Rand Paul was unequivocal in his response. Calling the country’s left-right political spectrum “confusing,” Paul argued that the GOP needs a candidate capable of appealing “across the left-right paradigm.”
Paul rejected host Chris Wallace’s contention that his budget plan, which balances the budget twice as fast as the proposal offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, is “out of the mainstream.” “I think the legislature is about 10 years behind the public,” Paul shot back. “I would argue the Senate is not up to date with what the people really want.”
The Kentucky senator eked out a victory in the straw poll of potential 2016 candidates at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, garnering 25 percent of the vote. Another Tea Party star, Florida’s Marco Rubio, came in second with 23 percent, followed by former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with eight percent and New Jersey governor Chris Christie with seven percent.