Rand 2016? Sen. Paul signals interest in presidential run

by FOXNews.com  |  published on March 25, 2013

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Sen. Rand Paul strongly signaled Sunday that he’s interested in running for president in 2016, saying the Republican Party needs something different than “cookie-cutter conservatives.”

The Kentucky senator, who has been watching his star rise in the party and last weekend won the annual straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, stressed in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t know yet whether he will run for president.

But asked about his plans, he said he’s already talked with Republican National Committee leaders about the “things I think we need to do” to be competitive across the country. He said the party needs more libertarian policies — which Paul is known to stand for — in order to attract younger voters. Paul said it’s important to have a candidate who “would appeal across the left-right paradigms.”

“I’ve always said I wanted to be part of the national debate. I think the Republican Party needs to figure out how to be bigger, and I think I do bring some ideas to that,” Paul said, adding: “We do need something new. The party needs something new to grow, and I want to be part of that.”

The senator said he wants to be involved in helping the country recover economically.

Paul is among the crop of fresh Republican voices considered competitive in 2016, a group that includes Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — who also received an enthusiastic response more than a week ago at CPAC. Paul, the son of former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, earlier this month drew national attention for his 13-hour filibuster in which he pressed the Obama administration for clarification on its authority to use drones to kill Americans.

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