Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t denying reports that he’s interested in a 2016 presidential run. The website Politico quotes the Bowling Green Republican as saying “I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul says he thinks the GOP has to go in a different direction because the party isn’t winning national elections.
Kentucky’s junior Senator says Republicans can turn things around if they focus on trying to localize issues to state governments instead of focusing on federal responses. Paul tells Politico: “I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.”
Paul won his first-ever election to the Senate in 2010 by riding a wave of Tea Party support that helped Republicans throughout the country that year.