Appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier, Rand Paul said that he believes the American people would want someone “like myself” for president in 2016.
When asked why voters wouldn’t want an outsider in 2016, such as a Republican governor in a blue state, Paul stated that he was the right man for the job, claiming “I think I’m enough — new here to still be considered as an outsider, should that be the choice sometime in 2016,” although he has been a member of the Senate since 2010.
“I think they want someone outside of, you know, what’s been going on. So for example, someone like myself who has been promoting term limits,” Paul said. “Someone who says we shouldn’t have, you know, decade after decade longevity up here.”
He proceeded to explain that he’s not so sure a governor would be considered an outsider. “A governor can be an insider as much as anybody else,” Paul said. He claimed that a crucial element in being an outsider would be for someone who has not been in politics their whole life or someone who has had a “real job” prior to politics. Charles Krauthammer quickly slipped in a reference to Paul’s earlier career by asking, “Like being an eye doctor, for example?”
Paul mentioned that someone like Chris Christie, who is a Republican in a blue state, could only be reflected as a conservative by using a loose definition of the word.
“If you look at a lot of issues like on whether or not we should accept Obamacare, bring it to our state, expand Medicaid: those would be, I think at best, moderate positions,” he said. “But I think we have room for moderates in our party.”