Rand Paul 'Seriously' Considers 2016 Run

Seeks broader Republican appeal

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 8, 2013 2:30 AM CST

(Newser) – On the heels of his 13-hour filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul says he's "seriously" considering running for president in 2016, Politico reports. "I think our party needs something new, fresh, and different," the Tea Party favorite says. Republicans "have to figure out how to appeal to the West Coast, New England, (and) around the Great Lakes area," he notes, arguing that the party needs to win back the Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan.

"I do want to be part of making the Republican Party again more of a national party, less [of] a regional party, which I think we’re in danger of becoming." The filibuster brought Paul widespread support from potential fellow 2016 contenders and people across the political spectrum, Politico notes. And GOP voices are singing his praises. "He’s got the right combination of principles, oratory skills, smarts, and showmanship" for a presidential run, says a former John McCain strategist.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaves the floor of the Senate after his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Thursday, March 7, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director but ran...
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaves the floor of the Senate after his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Thursday, March 7, 2013. Senate Democrats...   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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