Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), looking very much like a man testing liberals’ tolerance for a Republican presidential candidate with hybrid social and fiscal values, made the case for a more “live and let live” Republican platform last week in Silicon Valley, where he spoke at the tech-centric LincolnLabs Reboot Conference.
Illustrating his message by focusing on the shifting political values of a young, technically proficient Silicon Valley workforce, Paul told Reason TV he believes “a plurality” of Americans aren’t aligning with the competing platforms extended by the Nation’s two dominant political parties.
“I think they’re not completely comfortable in either party…and I truly believe the conclusion that a plurality of people are no longer Republican or Democrat,” he told Reason’s Nick Gillespie.
“If you ask people out here, ‘are you more fiscally conservative? – less taxes than the President [wants]; less regulation,’ they’ll say, ‘yeah, I’m more conservative than the President.’”
But, when the topic shifts to civil liberties and personal freedoms:
“’Are you more moderate or liberal on social issues than the Republicans?’ – ‘Yes.’ So they don’t fit neatly in either category, but I think they’re also primed for someone who will come to them with a message that is not entirely Republican and not entirely Democrat.”