Rand Paul seeks to take libertarianism into the mainstream

  • Article by: SAM TANENHAUS and JIM RUTENBERG , New York Times
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 9:57 PM

He’s working to broaden his appeal — beyond that of his famous father — as he weighs a presidential bid.

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my4centsJan. 25, 14 9:31 PM

Rand Paul has many ideas that could make American citizens both safer and more prosperous. As with most politicians, the trick is whether he can articulate those ideas in ways that resonate with the public. Some of his ideas might receive some media support, but most would be bad-mouthed in favor of whatever the Democrat of the day has to say.

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jdlellis1Jan. 26, 1410:47 AM

Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, etc. generally would be incapable of understanding the principles of Libertarianism as it evokes the need for freedoms as defined in the Constitution, self-reliance, limited government as defined in the Constitution.

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ljb6599Jan. 26, 1411:29 AM

A libertarian will never become President in the USA.....

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falcon1681Jan. 26, 1412:37 PM

jdlellis1 - Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, etc. generally would be incapable of understanding the principles of Libertarianism as it evokes the need for freedoms as defined in the Constitution, self-reliance, limited government as defined in the Constitution. --------- In that regard, libertarians are much like every other aspect of the right wing. Their "interpretation" of the Constitution is the only right way. Even if their interpretation is 100 percent wrong.

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OglethorpeJan. 28, 14 8:18 AM

It's a shame that America is stuck with a two party system that keeps all of the most intelligent free thinkers out of the conversation. People just vote for R or D as they go down the ballot without even knowing who many of the people are. We just end up with Bushes and Clintons over and over again. I'm not sure that Rand Paul is the answer, but I wish America would embrace the candidates from the other parties.

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