Although I’m not sure anyone is ready to hear it yet, it looks like the 2016 crop – of would be presidential seedlings may have just begun the never ending cycle of running for president. Witness Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who made it a point to clarify he isn’t ‘ruling out‘ the possibility of running for president in the next election cycle (good to know, I guess).
Rand Paul is of course the offspring of one time Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, R-Texas, who last year introduced bi-partisan legislation asking to end the federal war on marijuana and allow states to legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Rand the junior senator from Kentucky spoke with several news outlets this past weekend and acknowledged that he’s not absolutely opposed the idea of ‘throwing his hat in the ring’ for the presidency of the United States during the 2016 slugfest. But before the Republicans get too excited, Sen. Paul says the GOP has a few obstacles they’ll need to clear up.
“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” Sen. Paul noted, the Republican Party could use a little face-lift before he commits to taking the GOP to the big dance.
“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” noted the Kentucky Sen., in addition the GOP needs to work hard towards embracing new ideas regardless of the political affiliation before he will commit to a presidential bid.
“We’re getting an ever dwindling percent of the Hispanic vote,” Paul noted. “We have to let people know, Hispanics in particular, we’re not putting you on a bus and shipping you home.” Source
Reverberating his dad’s sound logic and theoretical talking points like ending the ill-fated federal war on drugs. One of the more interesting observations made by Sen. Paul was that the GOP and the remainder of America needs to take a long close look at the common sense deployed in the states of Washington and Colorado and work hard to catch up with them.
“I think for example we should tell young people, ‘I’m not in favor of you smoking pot, but if you get caught smoking pot, I don’t want to put you in jail for 20 years,’” Paul says.